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Driving Maui's Wild Highway

On the road east of Kapalua, in Maui.

Photo: Joe Schmelzer

Trace the island's edge on winding highway 30 - the Mauis Loop - in search of beaches, mountains, and history.

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Destinations: Lahaina · Maui · Kapalua · Wailuku

Inspired by: Driving Maui’s Wild Highway — by Andrew McCarthy, Published Jul. 2009

Hotels (3)

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    Royal Lahaina Resort

    Set on 27 acres, many of the recently renovated cottages have ocean views.

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    Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

    Until recently, the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua's buttoned-up European look was strangely out of touch with its tropical surroundings. After a $180 milli

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    Kaanapali Beach Hotel

    The 432-room low-rise hotel comes with authentic Hawaiian atmosphere, thanks to activities such as lei making.

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Restaurants (3)

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    Saigon Café

    Deliciously absent of tourists (and even lacking a sign), this no-frills diner is always packed to the gills with hungry islanders scarfing down ph

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    Moose McGillycuddy’s Pub & Café

    This Lahaina pub (opened in 1983) was the second of three locations to open in Hawaii, three years after the original launched in Waikiki. All thre

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    Aloha Mixed Plate

    Back when sugar plantations filled the area, workers would gather at lunch, and the “mixed plate” concept began when the Japanese, Koreans, and Fil

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Activities (5)

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    Hike Maui

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

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    Whalers Village Museum

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

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    Valley Isle Sport Shooters

    This West Maui shooting range hosts open shooting times, as well as competitions, safety classes, and role-playing shooting games. Shooting in the

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    Hale Paahao (Stuck-in-Irons House)

    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

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    Julia’s Best Banana Bread

    At a bright green, wooden roadside stand outside the small former-missionary village of Kahakuloa, family members sell Julia's banana bread, a famo

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