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 the West Maui Mountains, also known as Mauna Kahalawai, 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 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 and Nearby 5

Kapalua and Kahakuloa 5

Lahaina 18

Upcountry 22

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Kula Highway 21

Makawao 1

Road to Hana 18

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Hana and Nearby 7

Huelo, Kailua, and Nearby 3

Keanae, Wailua, and Nearby 7

South Shore 18

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Kihei 10

Maalaea 2

Wailea and Farther South 6

Central Maui 12

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Kahului 5

Wailuku 7

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Kipahulu and Nearby 1

North Shore 4

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Haiku 1

Paia 3

Haleakala National Park 1

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Huelo

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When you see the colorful mailboxes on the makai of the road around mile marker 5 on the Hana Highway, follow the windy road to the rural...

Kahakuloa

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The wild side of West Maui, this tiny village at the north end of Honoapiilani Highway is a relic of pre-jet-travel Maui. Remote villages...

Kapalua

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Beautiful and secluded, Kapalua is West Maui's northernmost, most exclusive resort community. First developed in the late 1970s, the...

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...

Keokea

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More of a friendly gesture than a town, this tiny outpost is the last bit of civilization before Kula Highway becomes a winding back...

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