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.

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.

This ecosensitive resort in the West Maui Mountains offers fifty-four holes spliced between pineapple fields and the deep-blue Pacific.
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Baldwin Beach Park, on the north shore of Maui and just west of the plantation town Paia, is a noted destination for bodyboarding and bodysurfing. The white-sand beach is surrounded by dunes, ironwood trees, and coconut palms, and offers views of the West Maui Mountains.

This 25-acre estate, formerly owned by the Baldwin family of Makawao, Maui, is home to the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center (usually just called the Hui.) The main building is a Mediterranean-style mansion designed in 1917 by C.W.

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.