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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Kaanapali and Nearby 5

Kapalua and Kahakuloa 5

Lahaina 16

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Kihei 10

Maalaea 2

Wailea and Farther South 6

Road to Hana 17

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Hana and Nearby 7

Huelo, Kailua, and Nearby 3

Keanae, Wailua, and Nearby 7

Upcountry 11

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Kula Highway 7

Makawao 4

Central Maui 11

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Kahului 5

Wailuku 6

East Maui 3

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Kipahulu and Nearby 3

North Shore 3

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Paia 3

Haleakala National Park 1

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Baldwin Beach

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A local favorite, this big stretch of comfortable golden sand is a good place to stretch out, jog, or swim, although the waves can sometimes...

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

  • Beach–Sight

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

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 Hawaiian coots and...

Kepaniwai Park & Heritage Gardens

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Picnic facilities dot the landscape of this county park, a memorial to Maui's cultural roots. Among the interesting displays are an early-Hawaiian...

Launiupoko Beach Park

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This is the beach park of all beach parks: both a surf break and a beach, it offers a little something for everyone with its inviting...

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

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Hawaiian and Polynesian species are cultivated at this fascinating 7-acre garden, including Hawaiian bananas; local varieties of sweet...

Maui Ocean Center

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You'll feel as though you're walking from the seashore down to the bottom of the reef at this aquarium, which focuses on creatures of...

Maui Tropical Plantation & Country Store

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When Maui's cash crop declined in importance, a group of visionaries opened an agricultural theme park on the site of this former sugarcane...

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