Maui

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.

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.

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From a look at the records available in the old prison, Hale Paahao (“stuck-in-irons house”), built by King Kamehameha III to detain unruly sailors who refused to return to their ships by sundown, it’s easy to see which group prevailed more often than not.

Women’s clothing designer Tamara Catz moved to Maui with her husband, surfing champion Francisco Goya, and began designing her own lines in 2000. After success selling to department stores and boutiques, Catz opened her first shop in Paia in 2005.

The mission of this gear store goes beyond selling masks, fins, and suits to ocean explorers; Snorkel Bob also takes an active role in reef conservation, including the nonprofit Snorkel Bob Foundation.

This West Maui shooting range hosts open shooting times, as well as competitions, safety classes, and role-playing shooting games. Shooting in the IPSC competition format started in the Western US in the mid 20th-century.

Simmer Sails, located in Paia in northern Maui, has been producing windsurfing gear for over 25 years; the equipment is tested at Ho'okipa beach and is internationally renowned.