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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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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"Slaughterhouse" (Mokuleia) Beach

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The island's northernmost beach is part of the Honolua-Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District. "Slaughterhouse" is the surfers' nickname...

Baldwin Home Museum

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If you want some insight into 19th-century life in Hawaii, this informative museum is an excellent place to start. Begun in 1834 and...

Banyan Tree

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Planted in 1873, this massive tree is the largest of its kind in the United States and provides a welcome retreat and playground for...

D.T. Fleming Beach

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Because the current can be quite strong, this charming, mile-long sandy cove is better for sunbathing than for swimming or water sports.

Farmers' Market of Maui–Honokowai

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From pineapples to corn, the produce at this West Maui open-air market is local and flavorful. Prices are good, too. Colorful tropical...


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Coral stone ruins are all that remain at the site that served mostly as a prison; however, the ruins are actually not the real leftovers...

Hale Paahao (Old Prison)

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Lahaina's jailhouse is a reminder of rowdy whaling days. Its name literally means "stuck-in-irons house," referring to the wall shackles...

Hale Pai

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Protestant missionaries established Lahainaluna Seminary as a center of learning and enlightenment in 1831. Six years later, they built...

Hauola Stone

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Just visible above the tide is a gigantic stone, perfectly molded into the shape of a low-backed chair and believed by Hawaiians to hold...

Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church

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Built in 1927, this beautiful open-air church is decorated with paintings depicting Hawaiian versions of Christian symbols (including...