Sightseeing on Maui

Maui’s quiet splendor is undeniable. From sugarcane fields and lush windswept terrains, majestic waterfalls and near-perfect waves, to the vibrant world below the deep blue; her beauty can render one in pure meditative bliss, and her power can fuel any thrill-seeker’s rush.

The northwest shores brim with golden beaches and the pristine Honolua Bay reserve is a surf and dive haven. Further west, discover olivine pools and the remote Kahakuloa village where time seemed to have stood still. Back in Lahaina, find the sprawling century-and-a-half-old Banyan Tree at the harbor and the bronze giant Buddha at Lahaina Jodo Mission temple.

Enjoy a dreamy hike around the verdant Iao Valley State Park where young locals skillfully leap from a bridge or a rock into the stream. The park’s lookout reveals Iao Needle, the valley’s stunning landmark framed by jagged mountain cliffs. Nearby Kepaniwai Park and Heritage Garden is a splendid mosaic of traditional hales or dwellings that pay homage to Maui’s multicultural roots. Read more

On the north shore, resting honus or turtles can be spotted at the east end of Hookipa Beach while clusters of colorful sails billow over its water as wind and kite-surfers catch air. When enormous winter swells break at Peʻahi or Jaws, the world’s finest big-wave surfers gather on this side of the Pacific. Upcountry Maui is home to many idyllic farms and ranches along the picturesque slopes of Haleakala. A journey to its summit promises the most magnificent sunrise and sunset. The south side’s wildly popular Molokini crater is but a 20-minute boat ride from Wailea and teems with colorful marine life. Further south, La Perouse bay is an ideal spot for early morning dolphin sightings. Finally, the unspoiled grandeur of East Maui will take your breath away and take you back in time. Heavenly Hana’s sweeping shorelines, majestic waterfalls and sublime rainforests embody the meaning of paradise found. One-lane bridges carve along narrow roads that lead to enchanting lookouts, wondrous hiking trails, and much simpler living often devoid of cell phone reception and wi-fi connection. Roll down the window and inhale the scent of vibrant rainbow eucalyptus trees, guava fruits and awapuhi or wild ginger flowers. Discover the black sand beach and fresh water caves at Waianapanapa State Park. Many brave the drive to frolic in the brisk, cascading waterfalls of Oheo Gulch or Seven Sacred Pools.
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Pailoa Bay at Waianapanapa State Park. Photo: Hawaii.com member Charles L.

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