Things to do in Maui

As the second largest island in Hawaii, there are plenty of things to do in Maui. The Road to Hana is every tourist’s go-to for what to do in Maui, but it’s worth the ride. The scenic highway winds around waterfalls and rainforest for the 55 mile stretch around the island’s beautiful northern coastline. Arrive at Kaihalulu, Maui’s famous red-sand beach with turquoise water to boot. Ho'okipa Beach is ideal for surfers or surf-watchers alike. Stop by on the road to Hana to see the scene or catch some great waves yourself. Head to Haleakala National Park to climb to the summit of the world’s largest dormant volcano and watch the sunrise. Bring a jacket, the high elevation can be chilly in the early hours. Iao Valley State Park has great hiking trails, choose your route according to the level of difficulty. Scope out Wailea Beach, on Maui’s southern shore. It has cabanas and chaise lounges (sometimes just for resort guests) but also has the perfect white sand and sunsets worth whiling away the afternoon.

A must for any visitor to Maui is Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano (it last erupted in 1790), more than 10,000 feet above sea level. A winding road rapidly ascends past green pastureland to the moonscape summit.

The Waianapanapa beach is part of a 120-acre state park near Hana, in east Maui. The beach is made of smooth black lava pebbles and is surrounded by lava cliffs that are topped with lush, tropical foliage. During calmer weather, the beach is a good place for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

Longtime Maui resident Pono Fried, an extremely knowledgeable guide and teacher of Hawaiian culture, reveals the unseen island on privately guided, custom-designed tours.

Sample Maui Blush, Ulupalakua Red, or the Hula O Maui sparkling wine, made from sweet local pineapples.

With the aim of education and protection of marine life, the Pacific Whale Foundation's staff of marine biologists offer whale watches, snorkeling trips to Molokini crater, dolphin encounter trips, and sunset cruises.

The massive lava-rock structure is the largest ancient place of worship in Polynesia.

With three courses designed by two of the world's most renowned golf course designers (Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Arthur Jack Snyder), Wailea Golf Course is highly regarded.

Since 1916, the Komoda family has taken the flavors of Upcountry Maui — like guava and coconut — and rolled them into handmade pastries.

Pro windsurfer Alan Cadiz founded HST in 1985, and as the name suggests, it specializes in teaching windsurfing and kitesurfing, along with paddleboarding. The the school's five-level windsurfing program is taught one-on-one or in small classes, with two to three students per instructor.

Established in 1910, the Hasegawa General Store, a sundry shop, is one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Maui. The small store has survived both a fire and the never-ending challenge of transporting supplies on the winding road to Hana.

At a bright green, wooden roadside stand outside the small former-missionary village of Kahakuloa, family members sell Julia's banana bread, a famously moist treat made daily from organic local bananas.

This venue is closed.