Spanning both Maui's southern and eastern coastlines, Haleakala National Park features the island's highest peak. Rising to a stunning 10,023 feet above sea level, Haleakala's slopes are observable from any point on Maui. Comprising 30,000 acres of public land, the park has more than 3 visitors centers and a wealth of natural environments, waterfalls and streams. "Haleakala" itself means "house of the sun," and the legends say that when the demigod Māui lassoed the sun he was standing on its summit.
Iao Valley State Park is a pedestrian-friendly, paved walk allowing for scenic views of Kuka‘emoku, or the 'Iao Needle. During the 0.6 mile walk you'll be able to explore the botanical garden, which showcases the plants brought by those who settled in ‘Iao Valley. Many cultural and spiritual values reside in the valley, as it is also the site of the battle of Kepaniwai.
As Maui's only clear-bottom kayaking experience, Clear Kayaks Maui gives you the unique opportunity to enjoy Maui’s coral reefs and marine life. They operate a fleet of eight recognizable green and orange clear bottom kayaks. Easy to maneuver and durable, the kayaks also glide easily on the water to make your experience that much more enjoyable. Remember, the slower you go the more you see.
The impressive Banyan Tree was planted in 1873 and has since grown to be the largest of its kind in the state! It's become an icon as a result, giving shaded shelter to visitors and locals seeking reprieve from the sun. Mynah birds are known to sing from its branches as the sun sets.
Mama’s Fish House was born in 1973 as Maui’s first, fresh fish restaurant. It has blossomed ever since as a perennial favorite of locals and visitors to the island. Mama's is surrounded by a gorgeous coconut grove on a white sand beach, and the venue itself is a remodeled beach house with a memory of old Polynesia. They serve fresh catches of the day for lunch and dinner, with delicious light fare being served throughout the afternoon at the bar and lounge. And the menus are printed twice daily to credit the local fishermen.
For the past 20 years, Lahaina Grill has been voted "Best Maui Restaurant" by Honolulu Magazine Readers’ Poll. Boasting a New American menu with techniques, flavors, and fresh ingredients from Maui’s local farms, dairies, and waters, Lahaina is sure to please. They serve appetizers like the Carpaccio of Filet Mignon, soups and salads of Kula Mixed Greens and Bufala Tomatoes, entrees such as Kona Coffee Roasted Mountain Meadows Rack of Lamb, Seared California Lion Paw Scallops, and Grilled Polenta Stack, and desserts of Triple Berry Pie, Sunken Chocolate Cake, and more.
Reservations are recommended at this esteemed restaurant. Enjoy menu selections such as Asian Style Pupu Steak, Togarashi Seared Ahi, Asian Style Duck Quesadilla, Mauiterranean Grilled Fish, and Roasted Chicken Breast. The wine list features Sparkling/Champagne, White Wines, and Red Wines.
Championing some of the island's best shakes (made of the local Roselani ice cream), Hawaiian Village Coffee is a local favorite. They feature a full espresso bar and Hawaiian coffees, fresh pastries, and bagels delivered daily. Grab-n-Go breakfast and lunch items, locally made ice cream and sorbets, specialty coffee drinks, and desserts are additional menu features. Locally-made souvenirs, art, and coffees are available to bring home.
Along the shores of Kaanapali Beach lies the Hula Grill, one of Maui's most frequented bars. Dine on Chef Peter Merriman’s Hawaiian-regional seafood while sitting under authentic, thatch roof umbrellas. Live entertainment includes music and dances: enjoy the chants and traditions while sipping on cocktails.
As a self-proclaimed "opulent restaurant," Merriman's fancies its menu of 90% locally sourced fare and award-winning cuisine. Celebrating the island's bounty of fresh fish, seafood, meat, and produce, Merriman's also pairs each dish with fine wine. Drink and dine in the indoor-outdoor seating, at the open-air bar, oceanfront lounge, or beside the fire pit.
Hilo Hattie is Hawaii's own signature store. With multiple locations across the islands, its Kihei, Maui location offers the same great Hawaiian treasures. Find Hawaii's biggest selection of island fashions, gifts, souvenirs, t-shirts, home and beach accessories, beauty products, gourmet foods, and Island jewelry!
The Shops at Wailea combine internationally recognized brand names with traditional Hawaiian selections in over 70 shops. Find boutiques, shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Expect to see a host of luxury brands, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Coach, as well as national name brands such as Banana Republic, GAP, and BCBGMAXAZRIA. Distinctive Hawaiian retailers may be found, including Martin & MacArthur, Lahaina Galleries, and Na Hoku.
As Maui's own Town Square, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center is also the island's premier shopping and entertainment hotspot. The Center features Maui’s only department stores, Sears and Macy’s, along with over 100 shops and restaurants. Find familiar stores like American Eagle Outfitters, Pacific Sunwear, Foot Locker, and Forever 21.
While most flights into Kahului Airport originate from Honolulu International Airport, Maui International Airport remains Maui's primary airport. It services major airlines, including Air Canada, American Airlines, US Airways, Continental Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Delta Airlines. Car rental kiosks are located at the airport, including Avis, Hertz and Budget. Buses and minibuses are operated by private companies and provide shuttle service to and from the airport to major hotels and resorts around the island. For a fee, the public transit system offers alternative transportation, and taxi services are also available.
The Maui Public Bus Transit System operates 13 bus routes under Roberts Hawaii. Service in and between various Central, South, West, Haiku, Kula, and Upcountry Maui communities is provided. All routes are operated seven days a week, including all holidays. No transfers are given on any of the routes and all vehicles on the routes are ADA accessible.