MAUI, HAWAII/TRAVEL TIPS/WHERE TO STAY/PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO/WHERE TO EAT/WHERE TO SHOP

PERJANTAI, 31. HEINÄKUUTA 2020

ALOHA! MAUI

Maui lures travelers with an invigorating mix of natural beauty and outdoor fun, all shared with warm alohas.

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Maui is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. Sprawling Haleakala National Park encompasses the island’s highest peak, volcanic Haleakala, as well as the pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, accessed via scenic, winding Hana Highway. The island's 30 miles of beaches include golden-crescent Kapalua, sheltered from strong currents by lava-rock promontories.

When it comes to outdoor recreation, Maui wins best in show. Just look at that zipliner launching into a canopy of green. Or the mountain biker hurtling past eucalyptus and pine. Hikers have it darn good too, with trails winding through lava flows and bamboo forests. Along the coast, surfers barrel through waves, windboarders skim across whitecaps and snorkelers glide among fish-filled reefs and coral. 

And we haven't even mentioned the Valley Isle's most iconic adventures, like driving the Road to Hana. Watching the sunrise from the summit of Haleakalā. Paddling a kayak within sight of humpback whales in Makena Bay. In sum? Amazing.

The golden sands of Keawakapu Beach. The rumpled green flanks of Haleakalā. The graceful beauty of Wailua Falls. These gorgeous sights have drawn admirers for generations. But it's funny, just when you think you have a handle on Maui's sublime scenery, an unexpected view catches you by surprise. It's these unplanned glimpses of beauty that linger in your memory. Maybe it's the ʻahinahina (silversword) staking out a claim on a stark crater slope. Or the jagged lava along the Keʻanae Peninsula, looking protective for a moment, not menacing. And the Waiakoa Loop Trail at Polipoli? Spookily pretty – until that baby boar snuffles into view.

A top-notch dining scene enhances Maui's natural charms. And the best part? No matter the view or adventure, you're always a short drive from a delicious meal. Unless it's 8pm in Hana and you're looking for dinner...but we digress. From scrappy food trucks to white-linen dining rooms, eateries are embracing locally sourced food, from Upcountry vegetables to grass-fed beef from the ranch down the road. And the local food? The names may be unfamiliar – loco moco, shave ice, kalua pork – but trust us, the flavors are rich and delicious, and the portions typically hearty.

As you hike over the uncomfortable lava rocks on the King's Hwy near La Perouse Bay, gazing out to sea and broiling under the sun, it's easy to connect with ancient travelers who surely felt the same mix of awe and discomfort. Maui is dotted with such spots, where natural formations and historic structures are direct portals to the past. Downtown Lahaina, with its old wooden storefronts and rowdy pubs, channels the whaling era. You'd hardly blink if Edward Bailey, an 1800s missionary, stepped from the stairwell at the Bailey House. And the 100-year-old Komoda Bakery? The past still makes tasty cream puffs.

 

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT MAUI

The best times to visit Maui are April through May and September through November. The spring and fall shoulder seasons provide the pleasant weather Hawaii vacationers seek without the high rates and heavy crowds that accompany the summer and winter. However, if you're into surfing, you'll want to travel in the winter for the best conditions – just book as early as possible to get a discounted rate. Meanwhile, if you're traveling with kids, you may want to splurge for a summer trip as that's when the waters are calmest.

 

December - March

The best times to visit Maui are April through May and September through November. The spring and fall shoulder seasons provide the pleasant weather Hawaii vacationers seek without the high rates and heavy crowds that accompany the summer and winter. However, if you're into surfing, you'll want to travel in the winter for the best conditions – just book as early as possible to get a discounted rate. Meanwhile, if you're traveling with kids, you may want to splurge for a summer trip as that's when the waters are calmest.

April - May

Average springtime temperatures remain in the 80s, but Maui has long since said goodbye to the winter tourists. And because the summer crowds have yet to arrive, finding deals on airfare and lodging can be relatively easy. The island also puts on several notable festivals in March and April, making this a good time to learn more about Maui's culture.

June - August

Temperatures may be warm on the mainland, but travelers can't resist Maui in the summer. This is when the island sees a large influx of families – the arrival of summertime brings with it less forceful currents, making swimming conditions better for younger beach bums. The island also boasts a full social calendar with summer events celebrating everything from food to movies to music.

September - November

Trips along the Road to Hana are especially scenic at this time of year, and since there are fewer tourists than there are in summer and winter, traffic might not be as much of an issue along the route. During the fall, temperatures remain in the 80s, though challenging currents make their way back to shore. Like in the spring, flight and hotel deals abound; book several weeks in advance for the lowest rates.

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO MAUI

Kahului Airport (OGG) is the Maui’s main airport. There are two smaller commuter airports as well: Kapalua Airport (JHM) in West Maui and Hana Airport (HNM) in East Maui. Many airlines offer non-stop flights direct to Maui. You may also fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu before heading to Maui on a short, 30-minute flight. There is also daily ferry service to and from the nearby island of Lanai.

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND MAUI

You can get around Maui by shuttle, tour bus, taxi, or public transportation but the best way to get around Maui is by car, particularly if you're planning on exploring large swaths of the island. Maui features a fairly comprehensive set of roadways, so finding your way around shouldn't be too difficult. There are also several public transportation options – including a bus system and hotel shuttles – but these won't always be a dependable option for wide exploration. 

You can easily rent a set of wheels upon arriving at Maui's main flight terminal, Kahului Airport (OGG), located on the island's northern coast in Central Maui. You'll find two other airports on Maui: The Kapalua Airport (JHM) is located on the north coast of West Maui, while Hana Airport (HNM) sits in East Maui. There are direct flights to Kahului from several mainland airports (including Phoenix and Los Angeles), but both Kapalua and Hana are usually only used for inter-island transfers. If you're flying from the mainland's East Coast, you may find it easier (and cheaper) to book a trip that schedules a layover in one of the West Coast airports that offer direct flights to the Kapalua Airport (versus flying into Honolulu and taking an inter-island flight to Maui).

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN MAUI

 

  • Best Western Pioneer Inn

In the heart of charming Lahaina Town on the beautiful island of Maui, Best Western Pioneer Inn offers a plantation-style atmosphere along with thoughtful amenities, only steps from scenic Lahaina Harbor. All rooms are non-smoking and include air conditioning and a ceiling fan, a balcony, a coffee machine, and a flat screen TV with cable channels. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. This historic hotel offers convenient access to a variety of recreational activities, including whale watching, scuba diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing. Guests can also easily take a ferry to the island of Lanai or enjoy a dinner cruise. Originally built in 1901, the Pioneer Inn combines historic charm with a variety of modern amenities, including free wireless internet access. The hotel also features private balconies, an outdoor swimming pool and on-site dining at the Pioneer Inn Bar and Grill for breakfast and lunch.

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  • Kahana Sunset

Located on the Keoni Nu’I Bay, the Kahana Sunset offers vacation apartments on a private white sand beach. The properties also have a heated outdoor pool and children’s wading pools. Free parking is available to guests. Free high-speed internet, a DVD player, and cable TV are featured in every apartment. A private lanai and a fully-equipped kitchen are also included. Guests can snorkel, swim, or watch whales or sea turtles on the reef-protected beach. The Kahana Sunset Rental Program provides beach towels and chairs. Management staff is on hand 24 hours a day.Kapalua Golf Club Bay Course is 3 km from the properties. Atlantis Submarines is 13.4 km away.

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  • Lahaina Inn

On Kaanapali beach, this Maui inn is less than 5 minutes’ walk to Lahaina Historic District. Guests' can enjoy the expansive pool and tennis facilities at The Royal Lahaina Resort with no resort fee. Free WiFi is included with all rooms. The island inspired guest rooms at the Lahaina Inn are all equipped with terrace access and iPod docking stations. The Harbor of Lahaina is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Inn Lahaina. Maalaea Harbor is 25 minutes’ drive away, and Kaanapali Golf Course is less than 15 minutes’ drive from the inn.

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  • Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

Featuring an outdoor pool and a hot tub, Lahaina Shores Beach Resort offers unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and is beachfront accommodation in Lahaina, Maui. Daily maid service is available. Each air conditioned studio features a lanai and a full kitchen complete with an oven, a stove top, a toaster, a microwave, a refrigerator, a coffee machine, and kitchenware, as well as a dining area. It also includes a TV, a DVD player, and ironing facilities. Select studios include free WiFi and free parking. Select rooms offer oceanfront views or mountain views. Lahaina Shores Beach Resort offers barbecue facilities. Daily maid service is available to guests. The hotel is 5 minutes' walk from the historic Banyan Tree and 5 minutes' drive from the Sugar Cane Train. Explore the charming shops and restaurants of historic Front Street. The hotel is also within walking distance of para sailing, fishing, snorkeling and sunset cruises.

 

 

 

  • Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux - Adults Only

Nestled on a cliff overlooking Maui's southern coastline on 15 landscaped acres, the Hotel Wailea, Relais & Chateaux - Adults Only features luxurious facilities and spacious suites. Each suite at Hotel Wailea boasts free WiFi and a private, furnished deck with a view of the ocean or garden. Amenities such as plush bathrobes and deep soaking tubs ensure a comfortable stay. Guests can enjoy the stunning views of the ocean. Beach services include free bottled water, beach chairs and umbrellas. Guests can also enjoy inspired island-to-table cuisine in two intimate settings at The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea. The Lanai offers sunset ocean views, and The Garden offers romantic al fresco dining amid sculpted gardens. The hotel also offers a unique private dining experience in The Treehouse, where guests are treated by a personal chef in a ocean view outdoor setting amid a canopy of mangoes and avocados.

 

 

 

  • Koa Lagoon

Featuring self catering suites with balconies and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, this Kihei hotel is only 61 m from the beach. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool with a sun-lounger terrace. Air conditioned suites at Koa Lagoon have wicker furnishings and a living room with cable TV and a DVD player. They include a dining area and a fully-equipped kitchen with a toaster and large cupboards for storage. Guests can benefit from the hotel’s laundry facilities. Free wired internet is available throughout the hotel and a car rental service is available. Elle Aire Golf Course and Wailea Golf Course are both less than 1.6 km from the hotel. Nearby leisure activities include humpback whale watching and snorkeling. Free private parking is possible on site.

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  • Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea

Situated in Wailea, 800 m from Wailea Beach, Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea features free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar lounge. Each room offers a flat-screen TV. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. Suites feature fully equipped kitchen and furnished balconies. A breakfast buffet is offered, as well as evening refreshments at the pool bar. BBQ facilities are also available at the Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. A pool, a hot tub, and fitness centre are available for guests. Grocery shopping services are also provided. Mokapu Beach Park is 900 m from Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea, while Polo Beach is 1.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kahului Airport, 23 km from Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea.

 

 

 

  • Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport

Located on Maui, Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport features an outdoor swimming pool and is less than 5 minutes’ drive to Kahului Airport. Hoaloha Park beaches is less than 5 minutes’ drive away. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Offering a flat-screen TV with cable channels, all rooms include an iPod docking station and an en suite bathroom. A coffee machine and a refrigerator are also included. Guests can relax in the hot tub after a day lounging by the pool at Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport. A fitness centre is onsite. Haleakala National Park is 42 km away. Maui Arts & Cultural Center is 42 km away from Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport.

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  • The Mauian Hotel

Situated on one of Maui's most beautiful beaches on Napili Bay, The Mauian Hotel offers a variety of activities and friendly services. Guests have access to the swimming pool, two oceanfront shuffleboard courts, and three poolside gas barbecue grills. The quiet guestrooms and studios feature a private lanai with outdoor furniture, a microwave and a refrigerator, and an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and a hairdryer. The studios offer a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. To maintain the peaceful escape, guests can visit the Ohana Room to watch TV or use free wireless internet access. In the morning, guests can enjoy a free continental breakfast, and weekly poolside live entertainment. Championship golf and tennis is available at the adjacent Kapalua Resort. The area surrounding the Mauian is also filled with trekking, water sports and shopping opportunities.

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  • Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront

Located on Keawakapu beach, Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront offers beachfront access. Maui Ocean Center Aquarium and snorkeling opportunities are less than 5 minutes’ walk away. All rooms include a TV with cable channels, and free parking is available. All rooms feature air conditioning, a TV with cable channels, a refrigerator, a microwave, a coffee machine, and an in-room safe. The en suite bathrooms include a hairdryer, ironing facilities, and daily maid service. All rooms are shaded and set back from the beach. A fitness centre, barbecue facilities, and a launderette are located onsite for guests’ convenience. Complimentary internet access is only available in the lobby at Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront. Newspapers are delivered daily. Oceanfront dining is offered for breakfast and dinner at the on-site restaurant, Sarento’s on the Beach. Homemade pasta with mediterranean influence, steaks and seafood are offered at this award-winning oceanfront restaurant. Kahului Airport is 30 minutes’ drive away. Offering golfing opportunities, Wailea Golf Club is 40 minutes’ drive away from Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront.

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PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN MAUI

 

  • Road trip to Hana

This scenic drive through Maui’s stunning seaside cliffs and alongside waterfalls should be on everyone’s bucket list. The 65-mile route takes serious time thanks to restricted speeds around treacherous curves and blind corners, so dedicate a whole day to this adventure. As you approach Hana, visit Honokalani Beach to walk along black volcanic sand and splash in the waves, then pop by Da Fish Shack for seriously good fish tacos.

 

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  • Helicopter tours

For the ultimate combination of island flavor and entertainment, book an evening at Old Lahaina Luau. This celebration honors tradition through energetic music and dance performances, and you’ll also witness the unveiling of the Kālua pua'a—roasted pork—from its underground oven. Sample fresh poke, marinated chicken and flavorful salads at the buffet while enjoying bottomless cocktails. All this occurs alongside panoramic ocean views and that famous Maui sunset.

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  • Tour of the Stars

On a crystal clear night, Maui’s skies light up with an impressive display overhead. To fully appreciate all that is shining over this slice of paradise, take a guided astronomical tour hosted at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Spend the night stargazing with powerful telescopes while nibbling on chocolate strawberries accompanied by sparkling wine as the astronomy director shares stories of celestial navigation.

Why Hyatt Maui Is the Best Stargazing Hotel in the World

 

 

 

  • Maui Ocean Center

Explore living reefs, see rare corals and a turtle lagoon at the Maui Ocean Center. Then watch sharks, rays and huge fish interact with each other as part of the impressive “Open Ocean” exhibit, where guests wander through a glass tunnel and take in overhead views. The newest addition to this immersive marine life experience is the 3D humpback whale sphere that will leave you in awe.

Maui Ocean Center Aquarium Tickets & Tours | OverseasAttractions.com

 

 

 

  • MauiGrown Coffee

Maui boasts 500 acres of coffee farmland and, as you drive around West Maui, you’ll notice the largest production on the island at Kaanapali Coffee Farms. That’s where MauiGrown Coffee is harvested then brought to the super cute company store and café near Lahaina. Taste test a variety of local roasts and pick up fresh beans to take home with you.

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  • Haleakala Crater at Haleakala National Park

Not only is Haleakala Crater the location where, according to Hawaiian mythology, the demigod Maui lassoed the sun, but it’s also one of the most beautiful places you could possibly watch it rise. You really have to be an early riser to see this magic unfold as it can take up to two hours to reach the summit and reservations are required to enter the district during wee hours. Bundle up: the Haleakala Visitor Center’s elevation is nearly 10,000 feet and much cooler than sea level.

24 Hours in Haleakala National Park, Hawaii | Go 4 Travel Blog

 

 

 

  • Kaanapali Surf School

The instructors at Kaanapali Surf School are serious pros, but they’re also famous for encouraging first-timers. They’ll start off with a land-based lesson on technique and safety then follow you out into the break to guide your ride. Kaanapali’s waves are gentle and consistent, making this a great entry level experience. Trust us when we say that there’s nothing like catching that first wave all on your own.

Maui Surfing | Maui Surf Schools, Rentals, Spots, Reports, Tips

 

 

 

  • Lahaina Historic Trail

Explore more than 500 years of history spread throughout 65 sites in Lahaina Town. Start at Baldwin Home Museum, the oldest surviving house on the island of Maui, then visit a courthouse, lighthouse and more before arriving at the legendary Banyan tree. Over 145 years old, this massive tree has grown 16 separate trunks and, at 60 feet high, it is the biggest Banyan tree in the United States.

Lahaina Historic Trail

 

 

 

  • Maui Whale Festival

As of 2020, Maui Whale Festival celebrates 40 years of whale education and advocacy while giving the public access to amazing views of these incredible mammals during peak humpback whale season. Join a concert cruise to witness whales breach while local musicians entertain on deck. You can also pack your binoculars and pull up a chair seaside. Marine Naturalists are stationed at key locations to assist visitors with spotting whales on their voyage through Maui waters.

Maui Whale Festival 2018: Calendar of Events | Maui Now | Hawaii News

 

 

 

  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice

Offering more than 50 flavors, it’s impossible to choose one favorite shave ice topping, so go for three or more. Combine mango and guava with passion orange for a refreshing island favorite or try pineapple with coconut and lime for a sweet-tart treat. Pro tip: there is almost always an eager line of customers here, so try the beachside location at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort for a quick pick-me-up without the wait.

Say Aloha to the Best Shave Ice on Maui - pmimaui

 

 

 

  • Waʻa Paddle Tour

Outrigger canoes found prominence long ago in Polynesia and made their way to the islands as a means of transportation and for line fishing. Now a popular water sport, paddling an outrigger takes six willing bodies. The Waʻa Paddle Tour comes with a side of stunning views of the West Maui mountains as your guide shares local lore and culture.

Maui Canoe Adventure | Kā'anapali Beach Hotel | Paddle to Puʻu Kekaʻa

 

 

 

  • Joey’s Kitchen

One of Hawaii’s must-try culinary treats is loco moco: a hefty serving of white rice topped with a full hamburger patty, a fried egg and thick gravy. This is serious comfort food and you’ll find variations of the delicacy at every turn. Chef Joey Macadangdang goes the traditional route with a powerful flavor punch at his quick-serve casual eateries. While there, try his ahi potstickers as well.

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  • Maluaka Beach

While you can find sea turtles at a few different beaches in Maui, the safest bet to actually spotting them is to head to Maluaka Beach. Lovingly referred to as “turtle town,” this beach is known as the home of a large population of Hawaiian green sea turtles. As an added perk: the beach is not often crowded, so you’ll also get to enjoy a leisurely ocean swim in calm waters.

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  • Paia Fish Market

If you want to expand your culinary palate by sampling Mau’s bounty of seafood, head to casual eatery Paia Fish Market for an easy ordering experience. Try the mahi mahi if in the mood for a flaky white fish or dig into opah instead, a Hawaiian fish that supposedly brings good luck. Once you pick your protein, you’ll get to choose its preparation: grilled, blackened, Cajun style or sautéed in butter and lemon.

Front Street, Lahaina | Paia Fish Market Restaurant

 

 

 

  • Maui Wines at Ulupalakua Ranch

While wine tasting might be the last thing you imagined doing while visiting a tropical island, Maui’s Ulupalakua Vineyards is a great excuse to take a scenic drive through Upcounty. Tour the estate to see historic buildings and learn why this was a favorite spot of Hawaiian royals King Kalākaua and Queen Kapi’olani. Taste a range of grape varietals but make sure not to miss out on the pineapple wines unique to this area.

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  • Hyatt penguins

It may seem odd to find penguins in Maui, but these African black-footed cuties are perfectly at home in warm climates. These seven quirky characters reside at Hyatt Regency Maui and, each morning, they put on an energetic display during their feeding sessions. Throughout the day, you’ll find them diving into their pond, showing off torpedo swim skills and cooling off in the shade.

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  • Maui-Lanai Passenger Ferry

Hop the passenger ferry connecting Maui with Lanai to expand your horizons—literally. While it’s the smallest of the state’s inhabited islands, this part of Maui County offers a full range of activities off the beaten path. Lanai is home to the ideal terrain for four-wheel excursions and horseback riding, though you’ll also find unique crafts and mouth-watering eateries in Lanai City. You might also want to visit the Lanai Cat Sanctuary to mingle with six hundred island kitties.

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  • Made in Maui Festival

Forget tourist T-shirts and keychains: the annual Made in Maui County Festival boasts over 140 vendors selling exciting local products, from artisan craft goodies to jewelry and freshly baked goods. Sample local olive oil and honey, peruse hand-painted fabrics and hand-crafted leis, and take home one-of-a-kind gifts. Give into temptation and dine at more than a dozen on-site food trucks featuring acai bowls, shrimp plates and island barbeque. 

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  • Black Rock Cliff Dive

Chief Kahekili, a Maui king in the 1700s, dove from the top of lava rock cliffs at Puu Kekaa, commonly referred to as Black Rock in Kaanapali, and into the ocean waters below. This tradition is reenacted with a free sunset torch lighting ceremony before a warrior diver takes that same grand leap. If you feel brave, head over in the daytime to try this cliff dive yourself, or snorkel the clear waters below to see a great selection of sea life while others belly flop. 

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  • The Seven Sacred Pools

Nicknamed “seven sacred pools,” the Pools of 'Ohe'o provide the swimming experience of your dreams. Surrounded by a lush rainforest and bamboo trees, this series of cascading waterfalls and natural pools is East Maui’s most popular attraction. Tip: visit on a sunny day as wet weather means the area is closed off for safety.

Seven Sacred Pools, Maui | Daniel Sullivan Photography

 

 

 

  • Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

This annual culinary celebration brings award-winning chefs to town over several weekends. Maui events include a six-course gala dinner and a ticketed fireworks finale, while a free family event takes place in Whalers Village. If you can’t make the October festivities, try to visit during the annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, which takes place in June and includes a binge-worthy seafood fair.

9th Annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival | Maui Resorts

 

 

 

  • Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

For a completely different vibe than the one defining Maui’s beach scene, head inland to the ranches and visit Ali'i Kula Lavender farm. General admission is only $3 and a free self-guided walking tour offers sweeping views of the island and gardens. Sign up for a craft class to make your own lavender wreath or shop the on-site market for aromatherapy goods and lavender honey.

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  • Ironwood Ranch

Forget walking: the best way to experience the rolling hills of a Maui pineapple plantation is to horseback ride through them. Saddle up at Ironwood Ranch in Napili and you’ll soon be giddying-up through rain forests, green mountainsides and (yes) pineapple fields, like a regular Hawaiian ranch hand.

Seven Scenic Maui Horseback Riding Tours | TravelAge West

 

 

 

  • Pacific Whale Foundation

It’s impossible not to fall in love with Maui’s marine and wildlife while snorkeling or sailing around the island. To make a positive impact during your visit, consider volunteering with Pacific Whale Foundation, even for just a few hours. Options range from debris monitoring to coral reef protection, and you’ll gain a broader appreciation for these precious ecosystems.

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  • Slack Key Guitar Festival

Join the festivities at Maui Arts & Cultural Center during this free family event celebrating an original Hawaiian art form. Ki Ho’alu—which means “loosen the key” in Hawaiian—is a guitar form that dates back to 19th-century island cowboys. At the festival, dozens of slack key guitar musicians showcase their music while craft vendors and local eateries cater to the crowd.

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival 2018 | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

 

 

 

 

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO IN MAUI FOR KIDS

Here are some activities to do & places to go on Maui For Families With Kids, and this is the best guide for choosing top activities on Maui. In this way, you and your family can safely maximize on all of the fun and adventure that Maui has to offer. A hui hou!

 

 

  • Molokini Snorkeling Tour

For one of the most incredible experiences of your life, and perhaps one of the most treasured vacation memories that you could ever create for your family is a Molokini Snorkel Tour with Pride of Maui. With over 30 years of outstanding customer service and high visitor ratings, Pride of Maui takes special care to employ a team with extensive ocean-tour experience and ongoing training. Pride of Maui is well-renowned for being child-friendly, and their vessel is outfitted with safety in ease, comfort, and convenience. When venturing on a snorkel tour, know that you will be exploring one of the most premier snorkel, SNUBA, and scuba diving locations in the world. Molokini Crater is believed to be over 150 thousand years old and overflows with an abundance of ocean life thriving in their natural habitat. Witness the magic of the Hawaiian green sea turtles and Spinner dolphins first hand. Spectate and take delight as they gracefully dance and play through their natural coral reef habitat. The Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour with Pride of Maui offers guests a free breakfast, BBQ lunch, and open bar. By request, additional snuba, scuba, and video services are also available.

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  • Maui Ocean Center

Enjoy an afternoon with your family and visit the only state-of-the-art aquarium in the world dedicated to displaying and preserving Hawaiian marine life. The Maui Ocean Center offers full exploration for all visitors; adults and children. It is one of the top things to do on Maui and is a truly unique experience to have the opportunity to visit the largest tropical aquarium in America. Not only do they exhibit Hawaiian sea life, but they offer educational displays on ocean ecology, Whale life, and Hawaiian culture. Through a guided walking path, revel in their exclusive and rare attractions touring the outdoor Hawaiian sea turtle sanctuary, and Hammerhead shark pool. Investigate through the ever-engaging indoor aquarium housing the famed Hawaiian Tako (octopus) and a host of atypical sea creatures.

The Maui Ocean Center is renowned for their fully encircling sea-tunnel that gives the feel of a dry-land snorkel. Make sure to check out the massive indoor shark tank that displays Hammerhead sharks, Tiger sharks, White Tips, Grey Tips, and a variety of deep water fish. The staff is extremely personable, approachable and well-versed on Hawaiian marine Life. They welcome questions and discussions, and openly share their knowledge of the Maui Ocean Center’s mission, events & community goals.

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  • Hawaii Mermaid Adventures

For those of you who have always dreamed of becoming a mermaid, and learning tales and mythologies as well as interesting information about marine life in Hawaii, book a lesson with Hawaii Mermaid Adventures. With expert instructors who are also lifeguard certified, your experience will be safe and truly immersive in Hawaii’s beautiful waters. This is mermaid fun for everyone! They also offer free digital underwater photos during your 2-hour lesson.

Hawaii Mermaid Adventures Review - Maui Mermaids

 

 

 

 

  • Atlantis Submarine

For a truly unique family adventure, be sure to book an Atlantis Submarine underwater tour. Recently featured on National Geographic T.V., this is for sure one of the best things to do on Maui with your family. All guests will marvel and drop jaws as they journey 100 feet deep through the ocean heavens that shelter West Maui, and the outer islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i. The Atlantis is a revolutionary 48 passenger air-conditioned vessel spaciously designed for guest comfort. Allow you and your family to become a key witness to Maui’s underwater world. Travel through the Pacific Ocean as you observe rare sea life, a sunken 19th Century supply vessel replica, and an artificial reef designed to sustain a growing habitat for indigenous Hawaiian species. Between the months of December and May, keep your eyes peeled from sea to shore as you might have the rare chance to see Humpback whales during their annual migration through Hawaiian waters. Atlantis Adventures offers a variety of family vacation packages and specials contingent on the season.

Atlantis Adventures | Atlantis Submarine Tour Maui

 

 

 

  • Old Lahaina Luau

When looking for things to do in Maui, take advantage of a scarce opportunity to be immersed in Hawaiian culture at the Old Lahaina Luau. Give your family the gift of experiencing ancient offerings as you savor traditional Hawaiian foods, ceremonies, crafts and games for children, songs, ritual chanting and traditional hula dance. Since 1986, the Old Lahaina Luau has been a Maui treasure, that invokes memories of authentic Hawaiian hospitality. Voted time-and-time again by national publications and reader polls as Best Luau in Hawaii, Best of Maui and Best in Hawaii, you and your family will most definitely be satisfied with your evening. Together, you will gain valuable insight into the culture and history of the Hawaiian Islands

Old Lahaina Luau - The Fitnessista

 

 

 

  • Surf Lessons

Throughout the world, everyone knows that surfing is synonymous with Hawaii. Visitors travel from around the world to explore Maui’s beaches and attractions. Without a doubt, surfing lessons are a top item on the list for families traveling to Hawaii with their children. Surfing is an enjoyable, challenging, and rewarding sport for all that push themselves up on that board! With a proper introduction to surfing, and with an instructor that takes their time, initial surf lessons can jumpstart a lifelong love for the lifestyle and sport of surfing. On Maui, there are a host of incredible options for surf instruction. From beginner to advanced, all students can find a teacher and surf school that’s right for them. Surf lessons can take place at local Maui beaches, or oceanfront at Maui resorts. Most surf lessons take place in the morning or early afternoons, and students can book large groups, small groups, and private classes. In fact, if you’re visiting Maui with your family, why not book a group lesson for your family? Surely, it will not only be fun, but a fantastic bonding day activity to enjoy in Maui.

Maui Surf Lessons for Kids! - Maui Surfer Girls

 

 

 

  • Hiking

One of the most rewarding day trips on Maui, is a family day at lao Valley State Park. Iao is not only a cultural landmark, but it is also a sacred site for housing ancient Hawaiian demigods and serves as a pivotal location for Hawaiian history. Mystical, lush and inviting, Iao Valley is breathtakingly beautiful. It is a perfect place to spend a family day on Maui hiking through mellow trails, swimming in the waterfall and pools, and having a picnic or BBQ. While venturing out of Iao Valley, take time to check out the Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens and the Hawaiian Nature Center.

The Best Maui Hiking Trails | Hawaii Travel with Kids

 

 

 

  • Maui Escape Rooms

Interactive escape rooms are the latest entertainment craze these days. Up until recently, most of them have been limited to an “adults only” audience. The good news is, Maui Escape Rooms offer kid-friendly escape games for children 12 and over, making this a great family adventure on Maui. Maui Escape Rooms offer a fun packed 60-minute experience, perfect for giving your family a needed break from the sun or a fun rainy-day activity on Maui. Imagine the thrill of getting locked in a room with your kids where you have to work together to discover clues and solve puzzles to find your way out! Escape Rooms are fantastic for encouraging collaboration skills and fostering team work that leads to a sense of comradery. Currently, Maui Escape Rooms offers four fun escape games that include Pirate Ship, Prison Break, Tesla’s Inheritance and Ka Puka Bunker. Each game is unique and challenging, promoting family bonding as you all work together to solve the mystery.
 

Mystery Maui Escape Room Review - Maui Guide

 

 

 

  • Maui Treasure Hunt

Next time you’re planning a vacation on Maui with your kids, don’t forget to book the Maui Treasure Hunt! This is a super fun activity for kids on Maui and includes a family tour with hiking, swimming in a private lagoon, and searching for bounty with your own designated treasure map.

Maui is definitely the best Hawaiian Island for enjoying outdoor family fun in ease. Throughout the Island of Maui, guests enjoy can enjoy island and jungle living, great outdoor activities, and days of sunshine playing in the surf. Next time you’re on a Maui vacation, mix it up with a family adventure on the Maui Treasure Hunt. This activity is about 3 hours long, and available for kids 5 years and older (kids under 7 years old must be accompanied by an adult). This is a great activity to enjoy as a family, or you can plan on dropping your kids off at the meeting point, and enjoying a little well-deserved adult time while your kids are searching for treasure, and exploring Maui in a safe environment. The Maui Treasure Hunt begins at a meeting point in Kahului (Central Maui) at 8:45 am. This fun-filled Maui activity runs from 9am-1pm and includes a backpack, snacks and bottled water. The hiking trail is fit for any beginner and is 2-miles in length. Guests should prepare for the hunt with sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a swimsuit, and closed toed shoes or sports sandals. Prepare to get muddy, dirty, and wet! If you’d like to bring a camera or a smartphone for photo opportunities, bring it in a plastic bag to prevent the possibility of water damage. If you’re looking for a great adventure that your children will love, definitely take advantage of this Maui hiking tour for kids. Your kids will be entertained, educated and engaged for the duration of the whole tour. They’ll most definitely create happy memories, and remember that time that Mom and Dad took them on that awesome Maui treasure hunt!

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  • Tropical Express Tour

The Tropical Express Tour happens at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Central Maui. Perfect for kids, families and couples, here’s a Maui tour that offers visitors a chance to view Maui’s fruits, produce, plants and tropical flowers growing in an active farm setting. The Tropical Express is a bright green, three-car train-like truck that cruises though the Maui Tropical Plantation property. Only upon “The Express” can guests access and journey through this incredible Waikapu Maui plantation. During a 45-minute tour, the train loops around a fresh water lagoon, orchards, and tropical gardens. Pending the season, participants will visit a variety of farm sites including: pineapple, coconut, mango, banana, coffee, macadamia nut, papaya, starfruit, jackfruit, sugarcane, sweet potato, ulu, taro, avocado, herbs, corn, and more. This tour also includes Hawaiian cultural demonstrations like learning how to husk coconuts, and opportunities to sample freshly harvested fruits and vegetables. With an expert guide, visitors will learn about Maui’s farm seasons, how fruits like pineapple are grown, and be surrounded by the fresh scent of tropical flowers growing in their natural environment. The Tropical Express Tour is available daily: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm, and 4pm (including weekends and excluding major holidays).

Top 12 Best Things To Do in Maui with Kids

 

 

 

  • Ufo Parasail

For those of you have always dreamed of flying, and wish to soar the skies with a birds eye view, board ship with UFO Parasailing and Hawaiian Adventures. As one of the top activities on Maui for over 25 years, all who dare to launch into an in-flight adventure we feel thrilled, and triumphantly pleased that they mastered the norm. With options to ride solo, tandem, in groups of three or just observe from the boat, there is no doubt that smiles with stretch across your family’s faces.

Another successful abduction by UFO Parasail Maui! - YouTube

 

 

 

 

  • Best Family Beaches On Maui
  1. Baby Beach at Baldwin Beach Park and Ho’okipa Beach Park - NORTH SHORE
  2. Ka’anapali Beach and Kahekili Beach - KA’ANAPALI
  3. Kamaole I, II and III - KIHEI
  4. Secret Beach - WAILEA
  5. Big Beach at Makena - MAKENA
  6. Hana Bay and Hamoa Beach - EAST MAUI

Baby Beach, Maui's Favorite Family Friendly White Sand Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO EAT IN MAUI

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands and is a popular resort spot because of the many outdoor activities that you can do there, snorkeling, windsurfing, hiking, and more. So while you’re there living the island life in Hawaii, give some of these fantastic restaurants a try.

 

  • Lahaina Grill

Voted best Maui restaurant 22 years in a row by Honolulu Magazine’s readers’ poll, Lahaina Grill is a clear choice for our list as well. The restaurant opened as a 55-seat bistro in 1990 and has since grown in popularity, it may still be difficult to book a seat. Their menu serves seafood and Hawaiian specialties in an elegant, upscale space set with fine china and crystal and decorated with elaborate artwork by Maui colorist Jan Kasprzycki.

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  • The Mill House

The Mill House is located on the grounds of the Maui Tropical Plantation and offers a selection of tapas made from high quality ingredients grown within the plantation’s grounds. The real treat at The Mill House are the chef's table events on Friday and Saturday nights where guests are invited to an intimate and original dining experience. During a seven course meal, diners are encouraged to watch and interact with Chef Scheer and his team to learn more about each dish.

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  • NUKA

NUKA is an izakaya style Japanese sushi restaurant with sleek, refined décor. Named after the Japanese word for ‘rice bran,’ NUKA was created out of love for the simplicity and artistry of Japanese cuisine and culture. NUKA supports local farmers and fishermen by making their dishes with local and seasonal ingredients. The service is fast and friendly in this welcoming atmosphere, and diners are sure to leave satisfied by the meals served here.

Top 10 Maui Sushi Restaurants | Best Sushi on Maui

 

 

 

  • Hali’imaile General Store

Located on the lower slopes of Haleakala, amidst the pineapple fields, is the Hali’imaile General Store. The building that was once a camp store for a pineapple plantation became Bev Gannon’s catering headquarters and gourmet take out deli which developed into Bev Gannon’s original restaurant. The restaurant serves fresh seafood and regional Hawaiian fare. Hali’imaile General Store is an excellent place to stop for dinner after watching the sunset from Haleakala.

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  • Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Restaurant

Located at the Grand Wailea Resort, Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Restaurant is an ocean side restaurant with a Polynesian thatched roof that sits in a saltwater lagoon filled with tropical fish. Named after Hawaii’s state fish, the restaurant allows diners to select their own lobster from the lagoon or choose a dish from the menu of Hawaiian and Polynesian fish and meat entrées. The food is not the only allure of this restaurant; Humuhumunukunukuapua’a offers fantastic sunset views across the ocean as diners enjoy their meals.

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  • Koa’s Seaside Grill

Koa’s Seaside Grill offers seaside and rooftop dining with views of Molokai and Lanai, the neighboring islands. Koa’s is owned by the same people who started The Gazebo restaurant in Napili so you will find the same favorite dishes on Koa’s breakfast menu as you would at The Gazebo. At Koa’s Seaside Grill, diners can enjoy fresh fish, steak, or vegetarian dishes while they watch the beach sunset.

Koa's Seaside Grill (@KoasGrill) | Twitter

 

 

 

  • Mama’s Fish House Restaurant

Mama’s Fish House Restaurant  is a local landmark. The restaurant and inn are located on a private beach in Paia with a coconut grove, and they offer a free valet service. Mama’s Fish House Restaurant serves fresh local fish caught daily and a menu full of Polynesian dishes. Mama’s has impeccable service and fun Polynesian décor. Reservations are necessary at this popular spot.

Mama's Fish House | Directory | ThisWeek Hawaii

 

 

 

  • Pacific’O Restaurant

Pacific’O Restaurant  is a restaurant located in Lahaina that has been around for 20 years. They serve farm to table cuisine made with fresh local ingredients from both the land and the sea. They even have farm to bar drinks, made with freshly squeezed fruits and produce from Pacific’O’s own farm, which visitors can take lunchtime tours of. And the outdoor seating area by the beach at sunset is the perfect setting for a romantic evening.

Pacific'o Restaurant — Beachfront Maui Dining in Lahaina, Maui.

 

 

 

  • Star Noodle

Star Noodle is a modern restaurant with wood trimmed décor located in Lahaina. Star Noodle serves a selection of fresh house made noodles and shareable plates of Asian dishes. They have a full sake bar that serves sake, unique cocktails, and specialty Star cocktails as well as select wines and beers. And once you have dined here, not skipping the malasadas or mango pudding for dessert, merchandise is available to buy, which comes in the form of Star Noodle t-shirts, hats, and a tote bag.

Star Noodle | Travel + Leisure | Travel + Leisure

 

 

 

  • Taqueria Cruz

Taqueria Cruz is a great change of pace if you feel like a break from seafood. Taqueria Cruz serves authentic Mexican food based on family recipes made with fresh ingredients. Their menu offers a variety of Mexican favorites, including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, flautas, taquitos, tostadas, enchiladas, and chimichangas. They have outdoor seating in a shaded courtyard, live music and specials every Taco Tuesday, and there’s a bring your own beer policy every day with no corkage fee.

Taqueria Cruz Review | Mexican food recipes, Food, Maui restaurants

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO SHOP IN MAUI

  • Paia Town

There is just so much to say about the beautiful bohemian-style Town of Paia. This “Shopper Paradise” offers way more than your eye can see! The Historical Town of Paia has deep roots in Maui’s agricultural history, and is still garnished by old store fronts and easy beach town country vibes. Once the Counter Culture Revolution of the 1960’s left San Francisco, there’s no doubt that the real deal hippies set sail for Maui. Creating new businesses and adding their own flare, Paia Town then became influenced by a whole new demographic of artsy, educated, conscious hippy types. With the indigenous local surf culture, and the wave of windsurfing migrants during the 1980’s, Paia became known as a secret gem for all kinds of fun-loving internationals that just wanted to kick back and enjoy their lives to the fullest! Today, Paia Town is still the backseat heartbeat of Maui County – a one stoplight town that might just be responsible for all the unforeseen trends that are at any given time throughout the Hawaiian Islands. We love Paia Town so much! From the surf shops to the galleries, yoga studios, one-of-a-kind boutiques, the Paia Tattoo Gallery, coffee shops, restaurants, and the most ideal health food store in the world (Mana Foods), Paia is the epitome of Hawaii small town charm. Next time you’re on island, do not miss out on a chance to visit Paia, Maui’s secret crowned jewel.

Paia Town Maui

 

 

 

  • Maui Swap Meet

Since 1981, the Maui Swap Meet in Kahului has been the largest of its kind on the Valley Isle. We love this market for many reasons, but it’s best noted for a variety of souvenirs and gifts. You can find all the kitschy Hawaiian style souvenirs that you want to bring back for friends and family, such as keychains, coconut postcards, false flowers for your hair, etc., but that is definitely not the extent of goods you’ll find! One of the things that makes this market so awesome is that you’ll also find local vendors that make unique Maui made gifts – locally made jewelry, art, crafts, plants and packaged foods. Another great things about this Maui shopping market is that you can also find a wide variety of Maui grown produce, fresh flowers, food vendors, and sample tastings of locally grown foods. When visiting the Kahului Swap Meet, we suggest that you arrive early to beat the mid morning parking traffic and the mid day Central Maui heat!

Best Maui Souvenirs Swap Meet

 

 

 

  • Makawao

Located Upcountryon the slopes of Mount Haleakala is Maui’s famed cowboy country! Since the days when Spanish and Portuguese settlers laid their roots on Maui, Makawao has become a town known for its paniolo (Spanish cowboy) nature. Without a doubt, Makawao is the most charming and laid back community on Maui. In Makawao Town, guests will find an array of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and healing centers. Just 10 minutes up Baldwin Avenue from the Historic Town of Paia, Makawao is the perfect place to spend a few fun hours shopping, photographing, eating and talking story with local business owners. If you’re visiting Makawao on a Wednesday, definitely check out the weekly Farmers Market (9am-1pm) at the Po’okela Church up Olinda Road. Here, you’ll find 100% local Maui produce and gift vendors. If you’re visiting Maui during the Summer, do not miss out on a chance to check out their annual 4th of July Parade and Rodeo. This is a wonderful chance to really engage with Maui’s Upcountry culture.

Best Maui Souvenirs Makawao

 

 

 

  • Nahiku Marketplace

Just 6 miles before Hana Town, approximately at Mile Marker 29, you’ll find the Nahiku Marketplace. Over the past 8 years or so, the Nahiku Marketplace has transitioned from a few local vendors to a mini village of tropical fun. This is a great place to stop en route to Hana and grab a bite to eat, fresh coconut water and juices, a coffee, or find some locally made souvenirs. At Nahiku Marketplace, guests can find a surplus of locally made gifts, including shell and semiprecious stone jewelry, spiritual icons, woven goods, wood-works, glass art, surf art, rare home design elements, paintings and more. This is a must stop on the road to Hana, you’ll never know what you’ll find here!

Top 15 Road to Hana Places to Stop | The Best Hana Stops

 

 

 

  • Shops at Wailea

On Maui’s South Shore, visitors will love the location of The Shops at Wailea. Situated in the heart of one of Maui’s most luxurious resort communities, this is the perfect place to shop in paradise for all your souvenir needs. This beautiful open-air, two-story mall is home to more than seventy diverse boutiques, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Shops at Wailea offers a variety of selections ranging from mid to high-end souvenirs. Guests will find popular brands such as Gucci, Tiffany & Co. and The Gap, as well as island-style favorites like Blue Ginger and Tommy Bahama. Also, Canyon Beachwear, Honolua Surf Co. and Billabong are great places to pick up board shorts, bikinis, and Hawaii beach attire. Shops at Wailea also has one of the nicest and largest ABC’s Stores on Maui. This is the ideal place to pick up all of your sundries, aloha gift baskets, and Maui souvenirs. You and your family will enjoy strolling through this impressive mall, visiting its many boutiques and fantastic art galleries. They also present free entertainment such as a Polynesian show with hula dancers accompanied by traditional Hawaiian music. Free parking is available with minimum purchase, making the Shops at Wailea a convenient stop for buying holiday gifts on Maui.

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  • Artists’ Showcase at the Four Seasons

The Artists’ Showcase at the Four Seasons in Wailea is one of the most fabulous and intimate art discoveries on Maui. Glance over local artist vendors while strolling through an ocean breeze-filled resort walkway.

Art In Wailea | Wailea Resort Association

 

 

  • Front Street Lahaina

Front Street in West Maui’s Lahaina Town is totally the epicenter for Maui souvenir shopping! Here, you can find it all! From rare art pieces to one-of-a-kind clothing designs and the usual Hawaii crafts, Front Street has it all. Our absolutely favorite thing about Front Street is that it’s one of the richest historical locations on Maui, full of adventurous activities with a direct Pacific Ocean view! When planning a time to check out Front Street in Lahaina, you should actually plan for a whole day excursion.

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  • Kalama Village

Kalama Village Shopping Center is located on South Kihei Road in front of Kamaole Beach. The actual address is 1941 South Kihei Road, but you’d have better luck if you just look for Kihei Caffe or Local Boy Shave Ice from the road. There is plenty of parking behind Kalama Village, or you can find run-off parking across the street in the strip mall where Foodland is located. Kalama Village offers guests more than 40 specialty shops and over 12 restaurants and bars. This locale is literally the easiest place to go to find souvenirs on Maui. Most of the village is shaded, and there’s definitely something for everyone tucked into all the nooks and crannies. Are you shopping with a family member who’d rather be watching a football or baseball game? No worries! There’s plenty of sports bars nearby. Depending on what time of day you are visiting Kalama Village, guests can find live music, karaoke or local arts and crafts demonstrations. This is a great place to check out if you want to grab all your gifts at once! It is possible to go to Kalama Village and grab earrings for your sister, coffee for your dad, t-shirts for your cousins, shave ice for your kids, clothes and lingerie for you (visit Mahina and the Love Shack), and a couple of beers for your husband (while he’s waiting for you at the South Shore Tiki Lounge). Just sayin’.

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  • Whalers Village

At Whalers Village in Ka’anapali, guests can enjoy the beach and shopping all in one day! Whalers Village is actually pretty amazing because it’s a) indoor/outdoor, b) steps from the sand, and c) close to a myriad of dining and leisure options. If you’re traveling with a large group, Whalers is perfect because not only is the beach just steps away, but there are always a bunch of activities going on. Find the time to shop on your own and grab everything you need knowing that your family is totally entertained. If you don’t think you’ll have time to make it to a luau, but you really want your kids to see a traditional hula performance and have a chance to make their own flower lei, this is your stop! Whalers Village also offers a myriad of shopping experiences, from local kiosk vendors to TravisMathew, Oakley stores, Ryan Staub Gallery of Glass, and Louis Vuitton, plus a variety of daily and weekly activities.

Retail Space for Lease in Lahaina, HI | Whalers Village

 

 

 

  • Wailuku

If you happen to find yourself looking for a place to eat after adventuring through Iao Valley, or if you’re just cruising around Central Maui, definitely make time to stop and shop in Wailuku Town. Here, you can see old colonial architecture, Maui County’s downtown buildings, historic churches, and check out Main Street. Main Street is a super cool place for souvenir shopping on Maui because it’s like a melting pot of small businesses. In just a few short blocks, visitors can find vintage clothing, tattoo shops, a variety of pawn shops, rare boutiques, music stores, yoga studios, farmers’ markets, art galleries, and more. When in Wailuku, we suggest that you check out Request Music to search for rare musical finds, grab a coffee and lunch at Wailuku Coffee Company, or a smoothie at Farmacy Bar. Then, check out Wahine Love for local clothing designs, Native Intelligence for Hawaiian crafts and education, and Paradise Pawn Shop for rare and historical Maui treasures. Visitors can easily spend a couple of hours shopping in Wailuku. The vibe in Wailuku Town is continually evolving. See art installations, hear live music, find vegan cafes, and check out the pulse of this Maui community. There are so many one-of-a-kind gifts to find in this Central Maui hot spot.

What to Do in Wailuku, Maui | TravelAge West