Pick Lunch from the Garden
and infuse the air with a crisp, clean scent, Makawao will steal your heart and leave you pining for more.
In the past, Makawao was a bustling paniolo town where. ranch hands would come to pick up dry goods or a bite to eat before heading home after a long day branding cattle or working at the dairy. Today, whispers of the town’s paniolo past are still evident—hitching posts appear along Baldwin Avenue, and the annual 4th of July parade and rodeo draw crowds from across the state. Eclectic boutiques filled with LOCAL ART, HANDCRAFTED JEWELRY, DESIGNER CLOTHING and more line the streets. In the rural areas, boutique farmers are making an appearance. Small farmers with lots of imagination are experimenting with both new and traditional crops, gradually transforming the landscape from a blanket of rolling green cane to a colorful patchwork of small, innovative farms—some of which are open for tours. Our suggestions include Maui-grown wine and lavender. Up the mountain on ‘ULUPALAKUA RANCH, MAUIWINE (mauiwine.com) grows grapes for its red, white and sparkling pineapple and grape wines, and ALI‘I KULA LAVENDER FARM (aliikulalavender.com) in Kula, harvests LAVENDER YEAR-ROUND, thanks to Maui’s warm, tropical climate. See “TOUR A LAVENDER FARM” for more on Kula’s lavender farm.
67. FIND BEACHFRONT OM
YOGA is known for its relaxing and centering qualities. Beaches are hailed as a place to escape and rejuvenate. Maui is an island renowned for its luxury and leisure. Why not combine all three for the best possible getaway? MAUI YOGA PATH at Mana Kai Resort offers morning and evening yoga classes in an OPEN-AIR STUDIO located beachfront of beautiful KEAWAKAPU BEACH in Kihei. Sessions are every morning and most evenings, with occasional YOGA WORKSHOPS available. Visit mauiyogapath.com. PILATES MAUI, also in Kihei, offers a SUNRISE YOGA CLASS, as well as personalized yoga classes if you’re shy about your yoga moves. And you can also check out Pilates classes here. Visit pilatesmaui.com. For a luxurious getaway, book a few evenings at LUMERIA MAUI, which is a wellness oasis perched on the foothills of Maui’s Upcountry. Here you can book a getaway and engage in numerous outdoor activities in addition to yoga. Visit lumeriamaui.com to learn more. MAUI HEALING RETREAT, nestled in The Sacred Garden in Makawao, offers various wellness retreat packages that incorporate yoga. Visit mauihealingretreat.com. WESTIN MAUI RESORT AND SPA on Ka‘anapali Beach in Lahaina boasts hour-long BEACHFRONT YOGA CLASSES open to hotel guests and non-guests alike (though they’ll be a tad more expensive for the latter). Visit westinmaui.com. And MAUI YOGA AND DANCE SHALA, located in the former Pa‘ia Train Depot, offers a full complement of YOGA AND DANCE CLASSES led by instructors trained in multiple styles and backgrounds, providing students a wide variety of ever-evolving practices. Visit maui-yoga.com. Beyond these options, many resorts and spas have yoga classes of their own (for example, FOUR SEASONS RESORT IN WAILEA offers complimentary classes to its guests); so contact your concierge for more options. For yoga classes, make sure to bring water, a towel and cash to pay (if the class isn’t a complimentary offering). And, of course, you can always pick up a mat at a local shop—or repurpose your beach towel and hold your own solo yoga time on the beach.
68. SEE MAUI ON HORSEBACK
A guided horseback tour is a great way not only to explore out-of-the-way terrain, but also to become familiar with Maui’s culture.
Outside Makawao, at the edge of an upcountry rainforest,
PI‘IHOLO RANCH offers horseback rides conducted by family and friends of owner Peter Baldwin. The ranch offers gorgeous views, stories about Maui’s ranching history and glimpses of wildlife along the terrific coastal views as you hear stories about Hawai‘i’s legendary (cowboys). paniolo The ranch is located on the edge of the rainforest 2,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. While enjoying one of their horseback riding adventures, you will be a part of the working cattle ranch and see native and indigenous Hawaiian trees and plants—all while catching sight of the colorful forest birds. PI‘IHOLO RANCH (808) 270-8750
69. GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY
Help the (land) on your trip ‘aina to Maui by taking part in a volunteer project. “VOLUNTOURISM,” or when tourists take time to give back to the place they’re visiting, has increased in popularity, and Maui is a great place to pitch in.