Aloha from Maui!
Meet Our Founder
Aloha, my name is Elaine Cuaresma, and I am the owner of Maui Sights & Treasures.
I have always been passionate about exciting outdoor tours and adventurous activities. I grew up in Lake Tahoe, so we were lucky to enjoy skiing during the winter months, and hiking in the mountains during the summer months. Our family always had a boat so waterskiing was also a big part of the fun growing up in Lake Tahoe. Activities have always been my passion! It was a wonderful environment to be raised in.
It wasn’t a surprise to me, my family, or friends when I started working for AAA in the travel department helping members plan their vacations. I loved helping guests plan and map out their vacation adventures! It was always such a rewarding experience helping guests plan all the fun details of their dream vacations. That’s when I first knew that I wanted to build a bright career in the travel industry, sharing my experiences, and helping others customize perfect vacation plans.
When I came to Maui for vacation in 1979, I met a local boy, and fell deeply in love with him and the Island of Maui. I never left! Entering the travel industry on Maui felt right and was a perfect fit for me. I soon became a concierge specialist for the Stouffers Hotel in Wailea reserving all activities ranging from snorkel adventures to helicopters tours for hotel guests. It was so much fun, and amazing because I got to try everything I sold. Wow! What a great job! What a wonderful perk to be able to try all the activities Maui has to offer.
After my husband and I had our two children, I decided to open up my own travel company which allowed me to follow my career passion. As an entrepreneur, I had more freedom to spend more time with our growing children, and I felt more motivated than ever to share with clients all the best Hawaii has to offer. I opened up Maui Sights & Treasures in 1992 at Sugar Beach Resort and have been here ever since! I’m so blessed to be able to spend my days doing what I love, with a wonderful staff that has been with us for over 18 years and counting. Over the years we grew, and added a snorkel store and gift shop at our flagship location. Our most recent addition is renting SUP (stand–up-paddle boards) one of the most vastly growing sports in the world. We encourage everyone to try it!
Our company mission is to find the best activity tours for our guests, so they may have the best vacation memories and experiences. With years of local experience, a fabulous growing network, and the opportunity to meet so many people from all around the world, it is more than fulfilling for us to be working with guests and doing what we love.
When you’re planning your perfect Hawaiian holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions! We love sharing our ideas and making suggestions, and would be so happy if you’d stay in touch and let us know all about your favorite activities and tours. We encourage you to take a look through our website and find a host of the best tours and activities to do in Hawaii.
Mahalo for reading, and have a beautiful vacation in paradise!
Maui Sights & Treasures experts are on hand to help you customize your Hawaii activity dream, so please do not hesitate to contact us direct at 1-888-841-9155. You can also submit a form on our Contact Us page
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"Mahalo for the discount and arranging our excursion. Most of my gang of friends had never been on a whale watching trip before and I’ve turned every one of them into whale fanatics. . I recommended you and them to several people who were interested in going whale watching. We came back to snow in Seattle and are ready to turn around and come back to paradise. We hope to return next year and this time we will stop by the shop and of course use you for another whale watching trip which is my favorite thing in the world to do. Mahalo, Vani "
- Vani , Seattle Washington
"Athena, Thanks for helping out, much appreciated. Not often you find a business that will go above and beyond to make sure their customers are well taken care of to make a memorable occasion. Thanks again, Jerry "
- Gerald Patchin, California
"We have been coming to Maui for years and never miss checking in with your crew at Maui Sights & treasures whether we are staying at Sugar Beach or another location. We have always been extremely pleased with the Aloha service we get at MST and with the knowledge of your staff. Of course, we always love to do certain activities, like the Lanai day long snorkel and sail, year after year, but we continue to be amazed at how your crew can find new adventures every year to keep we frequent visitors to your lovely island entertained. Mahalo!"
- The Skinner Family, St-Lazare, Quebec
"Thank you for all the wonderful recommendations for our vacation. From the helicopter ride to the bike tour the dinner cruise and snorkel boat it was all top notch & really an amazing time. Your company is #1 in our book & our trip would not have been half the experience it was, without our personal concierge."
- Paul Wetzel, Aloha, OR
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