Maui Sights

Those who know Maui well understand why it's earned all its superlatives. The island's miles of perfect beaches, lush green valleys, historic villages, top-notch water sports and outdoor activities, and amazing marine life have made it an international favorite. But nature isn't all Maui has to offer: it's also home to a wide variety of cultural activities, stunning ethnic diversity, and stellar

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Maui is more than sandy beaches and palm trees. Puu Kukui, the 5,788-foot interior of the West Maui Mountains, also known as Mauna Kahalawai, is one of Earth's wettest spots—annual rainfall of 400 inches has sculpted the land into impassable gorges and razor-sharp ridges. On the opposite side of the island, the blistering lava fields at Ahihi-Kinau receive scant rain. Just above this desertlike landscape, paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) herd cattle on rolling, fertile ranchlands. On the island's rugged east side is the lush, tropical Hawaii of travel posters.

In small towns like Paia and Hana you can see remnants of the past mingling with modern-day life. Ancient heiau (stone platforms once used as places of worship) line busy roadways. Old coral-and-brick missionary homes now house broadcasting networks. The antique smokestacks of sugar mills tower above communities where the children blend English, Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Filipino, and more into one colorful language. Hawaii is a melting pot like no other. Visiting an eclectic mom-and-pop shop—such as Upcountry Makawao's Komoda Store and Bakery—can feel like stepping into another country, or back in time. The more you look here, the more you find.

At 729 square miles, Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian Island, but it offers more miles of swimmable beaches than any of its neighbors. Despite rapid growth over the past few decades, the local population still totals less than 200,000.

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Kula Highway 7

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Garden of Eden Arboretum

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Just beyond mile marker 10 on the Hana Highway, the Garden of Eden Arboretum offers interpretive trails through 26 acres of manicured...

Hana Cultural Center Museum

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If you're determined to spend some time and money in Hana after the long drive along the Hana Highway, head to the Hana Cultural Center...

Hanawi Falls

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At mile marker 24 of the Hana Highway, just as you approach the bridge, look toward the mountains to catch a glimpse of Hanawi Falls.


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When you see the colorful mailboxes on the makai (ocean) side of the road around mile marker 5 on the Hana Highway, follow the windy...

Kaeleku Caverns

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If you're interested in spelunking, take the time to explore Kaeleku Caverns (also known as Hana Lava Tube), just after mile marker 31...

Keanae Arboretum

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Here you can add to your botanical education or enjoy a challenging hike into the forest. Signs help you learn the names of the many...

Keanae Overlook

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Near mile marker 17 along the Hana Highway, you can stop at the Keanae Overlook. From this observation point you can take in the quiltlike...

Ono Organic Farms Farmers' Market

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The family-owned Ono Farms offers certified organic produce at this roadside market at an old gas station—the only one in Hana. Depending...

Piilanihale Heiau

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This temple was built for a great 16th-century Maui king named Piilani and his heirs. Hawaiian families continue to maintain and protect...

Puaa Kaa State Wayside Park

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Many believe the stretch of landscape between mile markers 19 and 25 of the Hana Highway contain the most picturesque waterfalls on Maui.