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 much more than sandy beaches and palm trees; it's a land of water and fire. Puu Kukui, the 5,788-foot interior of Mauna Kahalawai, also known as the "West Maui Mountains," is one of Earth's wettest spots—an 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 (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 (platforms, often made of stone, once used as places of worship) line busy roadways. Old coral-and-brick missionary homes now welcome visitors. 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 Makawao's T. Komoda Store & 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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Paia 3

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Farmers' Market of Maui–Kihei

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

Fort Ruins

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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...

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...

Grave of Charles Lindbergh

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Many people travel the mile past Oheo Gulch to see the grave of Charles Lindbergh. The world-renowned aviator chose to be buried here...

Hale Hoikeike at the Bailey House

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This repository of the largest and best collection of Hawaiian artifacts on Maui includes objects from the sacred island of Kahoolawe.

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...

Haleakala National Park

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Nowhere else on Earth can you drive from sea level to 10,023 feet in only 38 miles. And what's more shocking: in that short vertical...

Haleakala Visitor Center

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Standing at 9,740 feet, the visitor center has exhibits inside and a trail that leads to Pa Kaoao (aka White Hill)—a short, easy walk...

Hamoa Beach

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Why did James Michener describe this stretch of salt-and-pepper sand as the most "South Pacific" beach he'd come across, even though...

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...

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