From scenic hikes to the island’s top spots for golf, there are plenty of fun activities for landlubbers.
16. EXPLORE HALEAKALA ON HORSEBACK
Enjoy a uniquely Hawaiian experience with a scenic tour of Haleakala, all while taking in the views from horseback. PONY EXPRESS TOURS’ über-popular
HALEAKALA RANCH PANIOLO RIDE treats riders to breathtaking views from an elevation of 4,000 feet. This once-in-alifetime experience takes you through
MAUI’S HIGH COUNTRY, through the rolling pastures of a cattle ranch complete with ocean vistas. The HALEAKALA
RANCH MAUKA RIDE is a 1.5-hour tour that features historic scenery. Offered in the early morning and afternoon, it’s perfect for guests who want to start their day out in nature.
Although this is a tour for novices, it is recommended that riders have some prior horse-riding experience. Riders are paired with experienced horses that know their way, allowing riders the freedom to enjoy the scenery and the narration provided by knowledgeable guides.
PONY EXPRESS TOURS (808) 667-2200
17. SEE SILVERSWORD: MAUI’S RARE PLANT
The HAWAIIAN SILVERSWORD PLANT is so rare, it only grows in a select few locations throughout the islands— above the 6,000-foot level on HALEAKALA and high on the slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on Hawai‘i Island.
Even more rare is the appropriately named ‘AHINAHINA (Hawaiian for the color gray), the subspecies of silversword found only in the rocky cinders of the Maui volcano.
Botanists say the silversword is a relative of the common sunflower. The species is covered with purplereddish blossoms from the center of its silvery-gray, sword-like leaves, which help protect the plant from the effects of the sun’s radiation and low moisture above the mountain’s timberline.
Each plant can live up to 50 years, ending its life cycle when it explodes into bloom, usually between June and October, sprouting a stalk anywhere from 3 to 8 feet tall.
Silversword plants can be found in front of HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK HEADQUARTERS VISITOR CENTER, in a
fenced enclosure at KAPA‘AU OVERLOOK, along the road near the summit parking area and along SILVERSWORD
LOOP on the floor of the crater.
18. INDULGE IN SOME RETAIL THERAPY
Though famous for its scenery, climate and cerulean blue sea, Maui harbors another little gem—
SHOPPING. Some of the best browsing comes in the form of walking up and down the streets of towns like Makawao, Pa‘ia, Kihei and Lahaina. Not only do you get to soak up the sunshine between stops, you also get to experience each town’s unique character and local clientele.
In the quaint Upcountry town of MAKAWAO, you’ll find just what you’ll need to dress like a real Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy). The historic whaling village of LAHAINA is a mixed bag of upscale boutiques, scrimshaw and fine arts. Surfer vibes mix with island fashion and healthy, tasty food in PA‘IA.
If what you’re looking for is more upscale and exclusive, Maui boasts numerous LUXURY SHOPPING destinations that offer a mix of wellknown designer boutiques, galleries and shops featuring artisans from Maui and around the world. And ALOHA WEAR can be found island-wide in both THRIFT SHOPS and upscale DEPARTMENT STORES showcasing designer inspirations.
AZEKA SHOPPING CENTER, 1280 S. Kihei Road, is the largest shopping center in Kihei with more than 50 shops and restaurants.
KIHEI KALAMA VILLAGE, 1941 S. Kihei Road, is an open-air arts-and-crafts fair with 50 specialty shops offering island treasures at reasonable prices.
LAHAINA CANNERY MALL is Maui’s only fully enclosed air-conditioned shopping mall. There are more than 50 shops and restaurants, plus free parking. Keiki (children) hula shows can be seen Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., and Polynesian dancers appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
MAUI MARKETPLACE on Dairy Road in Kahului is the place to find popular chain stores like Starbucks.
QUEEN KA‘AHUMANU CENTER is the largest mall on the island. Located in Kahului, the center has a movie theater, retail shops and a food court.
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA is a highend destination with a collection of more than 70 island-chic shops, galleries and restaurants. You’ll find a diverse range of stores from Louis Vuitton and Bottega Veneta to Mauiexclusive boutiques.
WHALERS VILLAGE at Ka‘anapali Beach features more than 50 shops ranging from local favorites and designer boutiques to finedining restaurants and free entertainment.
WHARF CINEMA CENTER, located at 658 Front St., is bright, breezy and any shopper’s dream, complete with a variety of stores, restaurants, a postal station (mail those souvenirs home!) and a movie theater. KIHEI KALAMA VILLAGE (808) 879-6610 WHARF CINEMA CENTER (808) 661-8748
19. RE-DISCOVER ALOHA WEAR
It may seem strange, but ALOHA
WEAR is more than that crazy floral-pattered shirt your uncle loves to wear to cookouts. Here in Hawai‘i, you’ll find a wide range of apparel that fall into the “aloha wear” category, or what some people may call
There are those shirts, yes, but there are also other shirts that are actually worn and accepted as business attire. These typically are a little more tailored-looking and come in muted prints called “reverse print” aloha shirts.
There’s also something stylish for wahine (women). In place of the stereotypical
mu‘umu‘u, kama‘aina (local) ladies may wear a dress with a more modern silhouette that features an “aloha” or “Hawaiian” print. You’ll also find the print on accessories such as handbags, caps, etc.
Some companies even produce entire lines of clothes so that every member of the family can wear the same print—fourlegged members included!
HILO HATTIE is a Hawaiian retail institution that has developed a distinct style of doing business since its humble beginnings in 1963. Walk into a Hilo Hattie store and expect to be greeted with free shell lei. Next thing you’ll notice is rack after rack of
HAWAIIAN-STYLE APPAREL— a virtual sea of flowered fabrics in sizes ranging from infant to 5XL.
The department store is the world’s largest manufacturer of Hawaiian and casual apparel and produces its own GOURMET
FOOD ITEMS— candies, jams and jellies, cookies, syrups and dressings—as well. Hilo Hattie also carries a line of gift items.
Hilo Hattie stores can be found in the LAHAINA CENTER and at PI‘ILANI
VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER in Kihei. FREE SHOPPING SHUTTLES from most hotels run 365 days a year.
HILO HATTIE (808) 667-7911 LAHAINA OR (808) 875-4545 KIHEI
20. TAKE-HOME GIFTS
While bumper stickers, shell lei and T-shirts from souvenir stands are great gifts to take home to friends and family, there are a surprising amount of other options as well.
In fact, locals say that each area of the state has a special treat that must be sampled and, if possible, brought back home to share. The local colloquialism for these in-demand (and usually edible) gifts borrows from the Japanese language. Called OMIYAGE, a few such treats include GURI GURI from TASAKA GURI GURI SHOP (70 E. Ka‘ahumanu Ave. in Kahului) and crispy MANJU from HOME MAID BAKERY (1005 Lower Main St. in Wailuku and at Kahului Industrial Park). Check out
“SAMPLE A SWEET TASTE OF THE ISLANDS” a little further on for more ideas.
A few other ways to take home the taste of Maui, and Hawai‘i, is with COFFEE, MACADAMIA NUTS and
JAM. MAUIGROWN COFFEE can be bought at its location in Lahaina, while macadamia nuts can be found everywhere from grocery stores to resort shops. For homemade jams, visit the SWAP MEET held every Saturday in Kahului.
If you don’t want to worry about edibles, consider buying BATH
SALTS made from premium Pacific sea salt or handmade Maui soaps at TUB & SCRUB BATH SALT COMPANY in Lahaina (819 Front St.). HANDMADE
SOAPS can be found at the Kahului Swap Meet as well.
During whale season (or really, any time of year), any
WHALE-RELATED MEMORABILIA makes the perfect memento. Offerings range from the quirky (a whale coffee mug, anyone?) to the gorgeous (try a 14-karat gold whale tail pendant).
If you want to get a gift for a fashionista who may not fall for kitschy island souvenirs, there are numerous boutiques that carry locally designed and created goods that would be in style anywhere. Head to local boutique MAHINA, or check out WINGS HAWAII, which offers earrings with interchangeable shells from the island’s beaches. Mahina can be found in Pa‘ia (23 Baldwin Ave.), Kihei (1913-B South Kihei Road) and Lahaina (335 Keawe St. #208). Wings Hawaii is located at 71 Baldwin Ave. in Pa‘ia.
21. MAKE A JEWEL OF A FIND
The islands have a tradition and
mana (spiritual power) of their own, which visitors get a taste of while watching hula performances, sightseeing on tropical tours and savoring local dishes. LOCALLY
INSPIRED AND CRAFTED JEWELRY offers a permanent way to transport that experience back home.
You may have heard of or even seen many kama‘aina (locals) sporting a piece of HAWAIIAN HEIRLOOM
JEWELRY. This style of jewelry, typically made of yellow gold featuring scrollwork and Old English lettering, harkens back to the days of the
HAWAIIAN MONARCHY. Today, pieces— bracelets, pendants and rings—are given to ladies at milestones such as birthdays or graduations.
Another form of island jewelry highlights shells. These may be a bangle strung through a shell the crafter found on the beach or a pair of earrings or an eye-catching necklace. Most coveted amongst these styles are those made of the rare NI‘IHAU SHELL (some necklaces sell for thousands of dollars) or pieces that include SUNRISE SHELLS.
Other popular jewelry styles include use of TAHITIAN PEARLS AND MOTHER OF PEARL, as well as depictions of sea life (whales, turtles, dolphins).
22. GET HOOKED ON SCRAPBOOKING
What do you do when your husband has headed off to his third tee time in three days? That’s easy. Pack up your Maui photos and go SCRAPBOOKING.
ISLAND PAPERIE is a local company that offers the world’s largest selection of Hawai‘i-designed scrappin’ goods. In fact, the company produces more than 3,000 of its own HAWAI‘I-DESIGNED SCRAPBOOKING
PAPERS, as well as tropical laser cuts, Hawaiian stamps and stencils.
If you’re new to scrapbooking, here’s a hint: It’s a great way to capture your trip on paper and keep memories fresh for years to come. While scrapbooking, you mount pages of memorabilia (photos, ticket stubs, etc.) on carefully selected background paper and embellish them with all manner of decorative accessories.
After picking up scrapbooking supplies at Island Paperie, head to a nearby coffee shop to cozy up and start creating.
Island Paperie is located a mere minute away from the airport at 395 Dairy Road, across from Mr. Pineapple.
ISLAND PAPERIE (808) 298-8515
23. HIT THE MAIN STREET
The island of Lana‘i has not a single stoplight and a population of only 3,100 people. Where better, then, to find small-town charm than Lana‘i City’s main square?
Marked by tall pine trees and a grassy park, LANA‘I CITY COMMERCIAL
SQUARE boasts shops, a visitor center and numerous eateries. Head to
LANA‘I ARTS CENTER to see works by more than 20 artists, all of them island residents. Or, go to SWEETEST
DAYS ICE CREAM for a scoop of coconut ice cream. In fact, while you’re at it, just make a loop and check out all of the GALLERIES, CAFÉS, RESTAURANTS AND
BOUTIQUES located around the square. You can even catch a flick at the
island’s only playhouse, a historic 1920s building with a 150-seat venue. At the center of the square is
DOLE PARK, which has tables and a community center perfect for a picnic or family gathering. Also found at the park are several WAR
MEMORIALS honoring soldiers who fought in WWII and the Korean War.
The park also was created in the early ’20s, around the same time an important part of island history was established on Lana‘i— the DOLE PINEAPPLE PLANTATION VILLAGE, where thousands of workers lived during the heyday of Hawai‘i pineapple production.
If after all your exploring you still have some time on Lana‘i, just head to the visitor center along Seventh Street for ideas of what to do next. The city’s square is composed of four blocks marked by Lana‘i Avenue, Frasier Avenue, Seventh Street and Eighth Street.
24. GET ARTISTIC
Maui, with its spanning green landscapes, crystalline waters and stunning sunsets, presents the perfect backdrop for artistic expression. In fact, with so many NATURAL AND MAN
MADE WONDERS so readily at hand, it’s hard not to feel inspired.
Those looking to channel their inner creativity can hone their talents with a class led by local contemporary artist ANNA SEVERSON. Severson, who once worked as an art director for YSL’s in-house ad agency and has designed for celebrities such as Tommy Hilfiger, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, leads LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at MAGENTA
BOULEVARD, located next to Body in Balance in the Emerald Plaza, 142 Kupuohi St. in LAHAINA. No experience is necessary, though students are asked to bring their own supplies (charcoal pencils and a large-format newsprint sketch pad). NUDE MODELS may be present, so leave the keiki at the hotel. However, ongoing CHILDREN’S ARTS
AND CRAFTS CLASSES and art classes for moms and kids are available on other days of the week, as well.
Reserve a seat by texting (808) 280-1390. For a full schedule of classes and prices, visit www. magentablvd.com.
25. WALK AROUND LAHAINA
Day or night, exploring LAHAINA on foot is a unique experience, one where you’ll find HISTORIC SITES and MODERN HANGOUTS dotting the
landscape of this FAMOUS PORT CITY.
HALE PA‘AHAO, an old stone jail that stands at the corner of Waine‘e and Prison streets, has a colorful past. Built in 1852, it once was the site where drunken sailors were reprimanded for disorderly conduct.
WAINE‘E CHURCH on Shaw Street is another historic landmark. Built between 1828 and 1832, it was the first stone church constructed in Hawai‘i. The church has been rebuilt several times after having been destroyed by fires and a whirlwind. When the church was again rebuilt in 1953, it was renamed WAIOLA, “THE WATER OF LIFE.” It is still standing today.
After a day of taking in Lahaina’s history, explore the city’s cool NIGHT
SCENE. Fine-dining restaurants, oceanfront bars and casual eateries serve island-themed dishes with a lively dose of music and dancing.
The charm and character of Lahaina is most visible along FRONT
STREET. In fact, this historic corridor was named one of America’s “10 Great Streets for 2011” by the American Planning Association (APA) under the organization’s Great Places in America program. The group noted Front Street’s “wooden storefronts, second-story balconies, public parks, art galleries, eateries, residential quarters” as part of what makes
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