Pick Lunch from the Gar­den

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Contents -

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.


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.


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


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.

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