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.

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.

Maui’s Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is home to this old-school bar that's traditionally Hawaiian with plumeria trees, torches, and thatched roofs.

Located in the Whalers Village Shopping Center, the aptly named Whalers Village Museum explores the history of Lahaina’s biggest industry in the 1800's.

Located in an old clapboard building in Paia, Mana Foods is a health food store that offers organic, international, and gourmet foods and health care products. Island-grown produce such as lychee and durian are available; the butcher also offers local seafood, beef, and chicken.

Located on Baldwin Avenue in the art and rodeo town of Makawao in Maui, the Hot Island Glass Studio is owned by artists Chris Richards and Chris Lowry.

A variety of half- and full-day excursions are led by one of 15 experienced Maui guides.

Hookipa Beach Park on the north shore of Maui, near the former plantation town of Paia, is famous worldwide for its windsurfing and kitesurfing, and is home to the Aloha Classic competition.

The Viewpoints Gallery, located on Baldwin Avenue in Makawao in Maui, is a cooperative of about twenty artists. The gallery is housed in a green board-and-batten building with white trim that's surrounded by a courtyard with restaurants and other galleries.