Maui

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 restaurants and resorts.

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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  • 1. Upcountry Farmers' Market

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    Most of Maui's produce is grown Upcountry, which is why everything is fresh at this outdoor market at the football field parking lot in Kulamalu...Read More

  • 2. Farmers Market Maui

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    From pineapples to corn, the produce at this West Maui market is local and flavorful. Prices are good, too. Colorful tropical flowers and handcrafted...Read More

  • 3. 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 this South...Read More

  • 4. Maui Fresh Farmers Market

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    Local purveyors showcase their fruits, vegetables, flowers, and crafts near center stage at the Queen Kaahumanu Center. If "strictly local"...Read More

  • 5. Maui Swap Meet

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    Even locals get up early to go to the Maui Swap Meet for fresh produce and floral bouquets. Each Saturday, hundreds of stalls sell everything...Read More

  • 6. Ono Organic Farms Farmers' Market

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    The family-owned Ono Farms offers certified organic produce at this roadside market at an old gas station—the only one in Hana. Depending on...Read More

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