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The story of Hawaii—from discovery to overthrow—is powerfully told through music and dance in this gripping theatrical performance. Dig deep into... Read More

What makes 'Iao Valley such a famous attraction is the fact it's the only West Maui valley that's easily accessible by car. This was also the site of... Read More

It’s not just the sunlight reflected on water that adds to the offshore romance. Nor is it the calming ukulele rhythms that float from the deck of the... Read More

While morning green fees at Maui’s best courses can cost upwards of $300, booking a tee time after 12 p.m. can cut the rates in half. At Maui Nui and... Read More

Riding in a helicopter might seem scary, but with a perfect safety record still intact after 25 years in the business, Air Maui is a seriously safe... Read More

It’s fitting for a hidden waterfall to be located on a somewhat hidden road—and this is the last waterfall you’re likely to encounter when driving the ... Read More

Only one sugar mill still operates in the entire state of Hawaii, and the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum is set smack at the base of the smokestack.... Read More

Every visitor to ‘Iao Valley should also stop at the Bailey House Museum; after all, the two attractions are literally on the same road. In additon to... Read More

Every visitor to ‘Iao Valley should stop at the Bailey House Museum. After all, they’re on the same road, and the house displays what life was like for... Read More

The turquoise waters of Baldwin Beach—particularly in the early morning—are too inviting to resist the urge of jumping in for a swim. The best spots for... Read More

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... Read More

If you’ve never heard of “Baby Beach,” it’s probably because you can’t see it. Hidden from view in a residential neighborhood, this saltwater lagoon is... Read More

Forget what the medical records say—Elvis is alive and has reappeared at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina This high-energy show recounts the time that Elvis... Read More

Not only can you snorkel from your campsite in this oceanfront West Maui hideout, but the privately owned campground is the perfect example of clean,... Read More

Yes, Cathedrals is technically off Lana'i, but it's one of the most popular scuba sites for divers based on Maui. Crossing the channel from Lahaina to... Read More

Not traveling to Maui during the winter swells? There’s a chance that even summertime visitors can find pumping south-shore surf. Waves in the summer... Read More

If it’s an animal on Maui, and it’s been orphaned or injured, there is a good chance it will end up here at this lush Ha‘iku compound. Tours are... Read More

Don’t have the time to drive to Hana? The 9-mile stretch to the north of Kapalua is one of the island’s best drives. Hike the Kapalua Coastal Trail or... Read More

Adrenaline seekers needn’t look elsewhere; this eight-line course in Central Maui not only features the island’s longest zipline (nearly ¾ of a mile in... Read More

Luaus are great for the endless food, but if watching hula is all you’re after, the free hula shows at the Lahaina Cannery can save you the price of a... Read More

It’s hard to be bothered by a constant drizzle from 130 feet below water. That’s the depth that this submarine tour can reach on the ocean floor, where... Read More

When it comes to women’s clothing and art, professional shoppers skip Lahaina and head Upcountry to Makawao. This two-street town features glass-blowing... Read More

Named for the guardrail along the highway, this gentle break just south of Lahaina is the darling of private surf schools. Nearly every day has gentle... Read More

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... Read More

The introduction of the island’s first printing press meant many things for Maui—especially in a Hawaiian culture that had no written form of language.... Read More

You’ll need a strong set of lungs for these campgrounds: both of Haleakala Crater’s two backcountry camp sites require hiking above 7,000 feet. The... Read More

Haleakala is more than a sight—it's a legendary spot on the Earth. This frosty, multi-hued, cinder-coned summit, where the demigod Maui famously snared... Read More

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.... Read More

Haleakala is more than a one-trick pony when it comes to watching the sun. Already famous for its breathtaking sunrise, the summit offers views from the... Read More

Astoundingly innovative in every possible way, Hali'imaile Distilling Company is reinventing cocktails. Aside from making the world's only vodka aged in... Read More

Literary figures from Michener to Twain have heralded this beach for its beauty: Palm trees hang over salt-and-pepper sand at the point where pasture... Read More

Not only does Hamoa nearly always have waves, but Mark Twain and Michener both labeled Hamoa as one of their favorite beaches in the world. Easterly... Read More

This treatment lets you move from the sauna to the refreshing plunge pool to loosen your muscles, then enjoy a scrub with Hana-grown cacao and soften... Read More

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... Read More

January-March is the peak season for watching humpback whales in Maui, although visitors can learn about these 40-ton giants during any time of the year... Read More

When was the last time you surfed a canoe or saw breaching whales from a kayak? When did you last spend the morning professionally trained free-divers... Read More

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

Be sure to start early, because this trail is hot. Weaving through craggy black lava formations created by Maui’s last eruption, the Hoapili Trail... Read More

One half of the beach fronts the luxurious Ritz Carlton; the other is a county beach park. In the middle, visitors and locals mingle in waves that break... Read More

Maui’s tallest waterfall is also one of its most exclusive; the only view of this 1,100-foot jaw-dropper is from the cockpit of a hovering helicopter... Read More

There are special places on the island of Maui—and then there's Honolua Bay. Home to world-class waves and a spectacular reef, the area was recently ... Read More

A rumble goes out though the surf community whenever “Da Bay” is breaking. This world-class wave is legendary among surfers—and consequently can be... Read More

Three miles north of Kapalua, this expansive bay is best in summer when the wintertime waves go flat. Schools of reef fish nibble algae off the shells... Read More

Set along the world famous Road to Hana, the jet-black sands of Honomanu Bay are a mirror of the inky black sky. Taro-lined Ke‘anae—the nearest town... Read More

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... Read More

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.... Read More

For some inexplicable but astounding reason, over a dozen sea turtles bask on the sand at Ho‘okipa Beach Park at sunset. Watch as 300 pound Hawaiian... Read More

If you don’t have an hour to devote to Peahi but there’s still a northerly swell, this clifftop lookout three miles past Pai‘a is a panorama of... Read More

Pro windsurfer Alan Cadiz founded HST in 1985, and as the name suggests, it specializes in teaching windsurfing and kitesurfing, along with... Read More

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.)... Read More

Despite the name, this rooftop stargazing is more about Hokule‘a than anything to do with Hollywood. Regarded as Hawaii’s zenith star, when Hokule‘a... Read More

Before the pineapple and luxury homes, the lush mountainside behind Kapalua was home to Honolua Ranch. Today, Ironwood Ranch has the only trail rides... Read More

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

Lined with resorts and activity stands, Ka‘anapali Beach is Maui’s favorite tropical beachfront playground. Surf, boogie board, snorkel, or scuba dive... Read More

Like a sliver of land that the United States forgot, this National Tropical Botanical Garden is like walking around ancient Hawaii. The 464-acre garden... Read More

Pack a beach chair and a cold drink and then settle in for the show at this sweeping shoreline. Not only does the beach face due west; the surrounding... Read More

Unique for its color and renowned for its beauty, hidden Kaihalulu is a rugged enclave right in the center of Hana. Reaching the beach can be... Read More

A Haleakala secret is that the evening stargazing is better than the morning sunrise. From the upper slopes of this dormant volcano, the Milky Way... Read More

This is a bay where you can bring your children and snorkel together as a family. The cove is mostly protected from the wind, and the sandy entry and... Read More

Bookended by beaches (each of which has at one time or another been voted as the #1 beach in America), this 1.75-mile coastal trail is the perfect... Read More

Bookended by beaches that have both been voted as the #1 beach in America, this 1.75 mile coastal trail is the perfect morning stroll. Begin in the... Read More

This ecosensitive resort in the West Maui Mountains offers fifty-four holes spliced between pineapple fields and the deep-blue Pacific. Where to Play... Read More

If the two miles of zipping over seven parallel lines doesn’t offer enough of a thrill, walking the length of Hawaii’s longest suspension bridge might... Read More

There’s a reason this two-mile beach is world-famous. Lined with resorts and activity stands, Ka‘anapali Beach is Maui’s favorite tropical beachfront... Read More

The northern end of Ka‘anapali Beach is all about cliff jumping and snorkeling, whereas the southern end is where surfers flock when waves are breaking... Read More

Every beach in Kihei is a prime sunset-watching viewpoint, but hidden Keawakapu is special for its perfect angle and a stretch that’s refreshingly free... Read More

Between the colorful cinder, the thin mountain air, and the epically lunar landscape, it’s easy to see why astronauts have trained here before blasting... Read More

Set smack in the middle of central Kihei, “The Cove” is the only surf spot for beginners along the Kihei/Wailea coastline. Waves are usually a bit... Read More

Believe it or not, watching waves crash on the Kipahulu coastline isn’t the best part of this campground experience; it’s waking in the morning and... Read More

Miniature horses, turtle races, and catching fish in a bucket—it’s all here at this interactive petting zoo just south of downtown Lahaina. Buy farm... Read More

Yes it’s shallow and yes it’s crowded, but the Lahaina Breakwall offers the most consistent surf of anywhere on Maui’s south shore. This section of... Read More

Sandwiched between Lahaina Harbor and the enormous, block-wide banyan tree, the Lahaina Courthouse Museum offers short movies and intriguing historical... Read More

Sandwiched between Lahaina Harbor and the sprawling, block-wide banyan tree, the Lahaina Courthouse offers short movies and dozens of historical... Read More

On the last Thursday of each month, the lawn in front of the Baldwin Home Museum hosts free Hawaiian concerts. These “talk story” gatherings feature... Read More

This is the best place on Maui to watch the sunset—but getting here requires a little bit of work. A 15-minute hike from the Ukumehame trailhead lets... Read More

In West Maui’s agricultural heyday, this rugged, volcanic, panoramic headland was completely blanketed in pineapples. Today, thanks to local... Read More

Before Kihei and Wailea existed, Makena was the thriving population center on the island’s southern coast. On a sunset ride with Makena Stables, ride... Read More

Any local will tell you that Makena State Park is the hands-down bodysurfing standout. Known to locals simply as “Big Beach,” the shore break is... Read More

Deep in the valley above Ka‘anapali is a village site frozen in time. Once abandoned by ancient Hawaiians when the stream water was diverted for sugar,... Read More

Grab a kayak, a snorkel, or a SUP board and splash into the refreshing blue waters at this stretch of Makena shoreline. It’s always buzzing with... Read More

Algae. That’s what you’ll be covered in for much of this two-hour experience—but rest assured, the marine plant is known to greatly aid relaxation. It’s... Read More

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... Read More

Slack key tuning is a musical form unique to the Hawaiian Islands, and nowhere is this melodic, romantic style better experienced than Napili Kai. “Talk... Read More

This venue is home to the biggest, best, and most popular shows on Maui, and it draws some very big names. Artists from The Eagles to Elton John have... Read More

It may not be the most traditional Hawaiian experience on Maui, but young kids simply love this sports park next to Ma‘alaea Harbor. Cap off a... Read More

Lahaina might look like a tourist town today, but every chapter of Maui’s history—from it’s status as the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom to whalers,... Read More

Watching young children press against the glass of an aquarium can be more entertaining than the marine life itself. Kids are mesmerized by the... Read More

While it isn't exactly the world's largest vineyard (it grows only six varietals), Maui Wine is the only place in the United States with a tasting room... Read More

Tucked in the Maui Tropical Plantation, this zipline is a great draw for families with small children; keiki as young as five years old can join in. The... Read More

When the Mendes family relocated to Maui from Portugal’s Azores Islands, they probably didn’t think that 150 years later they’d manage over 3,000 acres.... Read More

Known in the summer for its captivating snorkeling, Mokulei‘a Bay gets a bit rougher in winter when northwest swells hit the shoreline. The largest... Read More

Famously known as one of Hawaii's best places for snorkeling and diving, Molokini Crater will amaze you before you even jump in the water. Thanks to the... Read More

Molokini Crater has the ability to amaze you before even jumping in water. Thanks to the clearest ocean water in Hawaii, you can make out fish swimming... Read More

Sea turtles, snorkeling, waves, and sunsets are a few of the reasons why you'd visit this northwest island favorite. Low-rise condos line the sand, but... Read More

Sea turtles and a shore break are the two biggest crowd pleasers at this northwest island favorite. Rows of condos line the sand, but the two different... Read More

This spa at the Fairmont Kea Lani has been touted as one of the top spas in Hawaii—and this 120-minute, luxurious sojourn is one of the reasons why.... Read More

You might call lunch at this romantic Upcountry venue "table-to-farm"—guests dine at the farm itself. Wander the 8-acre grounds and pick your own... Read More

What separates Old Lahaina Luau from other oceanfront luaus is its authenticity, exceptional location, and insistence on historical accuracy. You won’t... Read More

Sure, there are oceanfront luaus all over the island, but what separates Old Lahaina Luau from the rest is an insistence on historical accuracy. You won... Read More

This is an experience that’s customized for you from beginning to end. You’ll start by spending a half-hour with an apothecary consultant creating an... Read More

Located five minutes past the Pools of Ohe'o in the village of Kipahulu, Ono Farms has been organically farming since long before doing so became a... Read More

Longtime Maui resident Pono Fried, an extremely knowledgeable guide and teacher of Hawaiian culture, reveals the unseen island on privately guided,... Read More

With the aim of education and protection of marine life, the Pacific Whale Foundation's staff of marine biologists offer whale watches, snorkeling trips... Read More

This enormous spa at the Grand Wailea Resort is a destination unto itself; here, Roman-style baths and East-meets-West treatments are fused with a... Read More

When visiting Maui from January-March, it isn’t a question of if you’ll see whales, but rather which whales you should watch. From this lookout just... Read More

Kids might imagine there is nothing worse than being stuck in a confined capsule with their parents, but parasailing is such a cool experience that even... Read More

For big wave surfers and professional watermen this is the Holy Grail of surfing. It only breaks on the largest of swells between October and early... Read More

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

The hiking directions for this Kipahulu trail seem like a treasure map from a fairy tale: Hike past the towering banyan tree and its radiant network of... Read More

The hiking directions for this Kipahulu trail seem like a treasure map out of a fairytale: Past the towering banyan tree and its radiant network of... Read More

As well as an intoxicating rush of adrenaline, zippers are bathed in the scent of eucalyptus while soaring above the Makawao forests on this zipline.... Read More

Visitors to Maui expect rainbows—not redwoods—but the towering trees are just a short stroll from this remote, mountainous campground. You can escape... Read More

Haleakala Ranch is the real deal: 30,000 acres, over 1,100 cattle, and bi-coastal views you can enjoy from the saddle when riding with Pony Express.... Read More

Known as "Seven Sacred Pools," the Pools at Ohe'o are the visual crescendo of driving the Road to Hana. As long as water levels aren't too high, splash... Read More

Known to surfers as the “Maui Pipeline,” this large, sucking, barreling left breaks north of Honolua Bay. The best viewpoint is from atop the cliff... Read More

The entry is easy, the shoreline is sandy, and the shallow depth and proliferation of fish make this Ka‘anapali’s best snorkeling spot. The rock is... Read More

If snorkeling, scuba diving, or swimming beneath waterfalls isn't quite adventurous enough, then strap on a harness, don a helmet, and rappel backwards... Read More

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... Read More

Created in 2002 by the founders of the nation’s original zipline, the Ka‘anapali course offers panoramic views of neighboring Moloka’i and Lana‘i.... Read More

Created by the founders of the nation’s original zipline back in 2002, the Ka‘anapali course offers sweeping views of neighboring Moloka’i and Lana‘i.... Read More

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... Read More

The Pleiades meet pastureland at this rustic cabin in rural Keokea. Squired away on a country road at 2,900 ft. elevation, this is the perfect spot for... Read More

Delightfully quirky and decidedly tasty, this working goat farm and its 100+ goats produce the island’s best artisanal cheeses. For a hands-on... Read More

There’s nothing like watching the successes and failures of your awkward, yet lovable family members as they try their hand at this iconic Hawaiian... Read More

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

Women’s clothing designer Tamara Catz moved to Maui with her husband, surfing champion Francisco Goya, and began designing her own lines in 2000.... Read More

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

Sure, The Shops at Wailea have tiny boutiques' high prices — but this swanky shopping complex also offers free cultural activities every day, such as... Read More

Cool climate, country living, and arguably the best view on Maui—it’s hard to ask for anything more than what you get on this tour. Ride across... Read More

As Hawaii's longest-running catamaran tour, Trilogy has matered the art of crafting the perfect day on the water. Choose from an all-day tour to Lana'i... Read More

From the side of the famous Road to Hana, this seems nothing more than a parking lot—until, of course, you exit the car and enter the jungle's... Read More

Yes, these falls are popular and can get crowded, but the jungle setting and ease of access make them well worth a visit. The larger falls (there are... Read More

Much like Guardrails, Ukumehame Beach Park is popular for private surf lessons. The long wave requires a long paddle to reach the edge of the reef, but... Read More

The rocky headland between Ulua and Mokapu Beach is Wailea’s best spot for snorkeling. The area is popular with scuba dive lessons since it’s shallow... Read More

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

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... Read More

Staring a hammerhead shark in the eye is a good way to forget about the rain. So is watching a turtle breathe or being mesmerized by dancing sea jellies... Read More

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... Read More

For the most part, the steep ridgelines of West Maui aren’t accessible to the general public. The one exception is the Waihe‘e Ridge Trail, a guava... Read More

Sure, celebrities frequent the glitzy stretch of sand, but all are equals on Wailea Beach when it comes to working on a tan. Snorkelers hover above lazy... Read More

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... Read More

Not everyone searching for waterfalls in Maui has the mobility to embark on a hike. Luckily there are places like Wailua Falls, an 80-foot-high cascade... Read More

This is a waterfall that’s all about the buildup—although the finale doesn’t disappoint, either. The 400-foot-high waterfall, set above East Maui’s... Read More

Visiting the famous “Black Sand Beach” is a highlight of any Hana itinerary, and campers who stay at this state-run campground have it right in their... Read More

Never before have you laughed so hard while also so shockingly confused. This legendary show along Lahaina’s Front Street combines comedy, cuisine, and... Read More

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

The 1830s were a wild time along the sandy West Maui shoreline. Hundreds of whaling ships from around the Pacific would anchor between Ka‘anapali and... Read More

If you’ve never seen a Hawaiian man play Spanish guitar and sing opera in an Irish pub, then you’ve never been dazzled by Willie K at his jaw-dropping... Read More

The story of Hawaii—from creation to overthrow—is powerfully told through music and dance in this gripping theatrical performance. Dig deeper into... Read More

In a fusion of history with modern performance, this captivating show at the Maui Theater explores Hawaii’s past. Hear the legends, myths, and chants at... Read More

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