ALOHA from Maui
EKOMOMAI (WELCOME) TO MAUI!
An oasis of majestic ocean hideaways, lush green mountains and picturesque beaches, the island of Maui epitomizes mythical wonder. In fact, the legendary demigod Maui is said to have lassoed the sun above HALEAKALA, the island’s highest peak, forming today’s Hawai’i as we know it. Maui may be the SECOND-LARGEST HAWAIIAN ISLAND, but the ancient saying “Maui no insists, “MAUI IS THE BEST.” ka ‘oi” It’s no surprise that Maui is one of the world’s most coveted destinations. Condé Nast Traveler has named the Valley Isle as one of the “TOP 25 ISLANDS IN THE WORLD” more than once and a study by revealed InsureMyTrip the Hawaiian islands are ranked as the No. 3 destination being crossed off travelers’ bucket list for 2017. Just last year alone, Maui received praise from TripAdvisor, and Travel+Leisure , to name U.S. News & World Report a few. The Travaasa Hana resort was ranked No. 5 in Hawai‘i by 2016 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards too. From the island’s 81 beaches to local restaurants serving up some of the freshest seafood you can eat, there’s an abundance to discover on this sacred island.
Since travel time is limited, the team scoured 101 Things to Do the island to find Maui’s best activities, and then compiled them into this handy guide.
Lucky for you, you arrived on Maui in time to GET EXCITED FOR WHALE WATCHING SEASON (pg. 51), as humpback whales will soon start making their way to Hawaiian waters. Maui is one of these underwater giants’ favorite winter destinations. Some changes to popular Valley Isle destinations that have occurred within the past few months include the official ‘IAO VALLEY closure due to flood damage, and the new reservation system to WATCH A SUNRISE AT HALEKALA (pg. 46). Get wet when you CATCH A WAVE (pg. 68) at Ho‘okipa Beach Park or Hamoa Beach and ensure a trip full of adventure when you TRY AN OUT-OF-THE-BOX ACTIVITY (pg. 98) and PARTY WITH THE LOCALS (pg. 105).
Foodies can savor the tastiest meals on the (land) from ‘aina mom-and-pop shops and five star restaurants alike. SAMPLE A SWEET TASTE OF THE ISLANDS (pg. 94), MAKE A CHEESE RUN (pg. 95), or DINE AT ENCHANTING EATERIES (pg. 106) for a bite of what Maui tastemakers have to offer. Looking for entertainment with dinner? EXPERIENCE A LU‘AU (pg. 56), as it is a uniquely Hawaii thing to do. If you’re looking for a day of leisure, start off with yoga and FIND BEACHFRONT OM (pg. 89) before you WALK AROUND LAHAINA (pg. 64) or EXPLORE HALEAKALA ON HORSEBACK (pg. 58). End your day on a relaxing note and GO WINE TASTING IN PARADISE (pg. 109). Wherever your plans take you, be sure to let Maui’s culture captivate you. We await your return to Maui with 101 Things To Do.