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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Kaanapali 3

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Kihei 3

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Hana 5

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Kahului 5

Wailuku 6

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Kula Highway 7

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Kipahulu 3

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Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve

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South of Makena Beach, the road fades away into a vast territory of black-lava flows, the result of Haleakala's last eruption and now...

Charley Young Beach

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This secluded 3-acre park sits off the main drag in a residential area. The sand is soft and smooth, with a gentle slope into the ocean.

Coastal Nature Trail

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A 1.5-mile-long paved beach walk allows you to stroll among Wailea's prettiest properties, restaurants, and rocky coves. The trail teems...

Cove Beach Park

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Go to the Cove if you want to learn to surf or stand-up paddle. All the surf schools are here in the morning, pushing longboard beginners...

Farmers' Market of Maui–Kihei

  • Market/Bazaar

Tropical flowers, tempting produce, massive avocadoes, and locally made preserves, banana bread, and crafts are among the bargains at...

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

  • Educational Institution

This nature center sits in prime humpback-viewing territory beside a restored ancient Hawaiian fishpond. Whether the whales are here...

Kalama Park

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Stocked with grills and picnic pavilions, this 36-acre beach park with plenty of shade is great for families and sports lovers. With...

Kalepolepo Beach Park

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This tiny beach is the site of the ancient Kalepolepo Village, the prized property of King Kamehameha III in the 1850s. Here the makaainana...

Kamaole I, II, and III

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Three steps from South Kihei Road are three golden stretches of sand separated by outcroppings of dark, jagged lava rocks. You can walk...

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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Natural wetlands have become rare in the Islands, so the 700 acres of this reserve attract migratory birds, such as osprey and long-legged...

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