Whether you decide to head to hana or enjoy the view from up above, these diversions go the distance.
61. DISCOVER YOUR FAVORITE BEACH
Maui has a variety of prized beaches. Picking your favorite isn’t just about beauty and utility—it’s also about safety. Lifeguards protect just nine of Maui’s 81 BEACHES. D.T. FLEMING BEACH PARK is situated on sand dunes at mile marker 31 on Highway 3, east of Kapalua. The park actually begins on the 16th hole of Kapalua’s golf course. H.A. BALDWIN PARK is located on Hana Highway between Spreckelsville and Lower Pa‘ia, where bodyboarders and bodysurfers are drawn to the consistent wave action. HANA BEACH PARK is a favorite with local families. HANAKAO‘O BEACH PARK (or CANOE BEACH), located at the south end of Ka‘anapali Beach, is a launching site for many of the island’s outrigger canoe teams, and swimmers, snorkelers and picnickers make heavy use of this beach. HO‘OKIPA BEACH PARK on Hana Highway, 2 miles past Pa‘ia, is known as a world-class windsurfing destination, though its rocky beach and strong ocean currents make it better for board sailing and sunbathing than swimming. KAMA‘OLE BEACH PARKS (I, II, III) in Kihei are good for swimming, snorkeling, bodyboarding and sunbathing. KANAHA BEACH PARK in Kahului stretches about a mile along the shoreline and provides good swimming for children, windsurfers, kiteboarders and outrigger paddlers.
62. TAKE A HIKE
A trip to Maui wouldn’t be complete without a HIKE through the lush greenery of the island, taking in views of VOLCANOFORMED MOUNTAINS, OCEAN SWELLS and TOWERING TREES along the way. One great trail to take in Maui’s natural beauty and learn about the Hawaiian culture is the 3-mile WAI‘ANAPANAPA COASTAL TRAIL (listed as the KE ALA LOA ‘O MAUI TRAIL on the Na Ala Hele Hawai‘i trail and access system website), just north of Hana Bay to WAI‘ANAPANAPA STATE PARK. There is a cleared (ancient heiau temple) about halfway between Wai‘anapanapa and Hana. VILLAGE WALKING TRAIL and MAUNALEI ARBORETUM TRAIL at Kapalua Resort (kapalua.com) are two hikes in a series of 100plus miles of trails throughout the resort’s 23,000 acres. HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK’S 27-mile trail system offers some of the best—and moreadvanced—hiking on the island. This area showcases stark contrasts both in terrain and topography. Stop by the visitor center for a brochure and current conditions before heading out, or check out nps.gov/hale/ planyourvisit/hiking.htm. For expert hikers, LAHAINA
PALI TRAIL, built more than 200 years ago, follows the route traditionally taken by island royalty during the celebratory
season. At 5.5 miles long makahiki with sharp inclines, it’s rated as “difficult;” a safer plan would be to hike one way and arrange for a ride to pick you up at the end.
If you’re looking for a more leisurely stroll that will please both children and adults, and wish to view some of Hawai‘i’s endangered water birds, promenade along the beautiful KEALIA COASTAL BOARDWALK AND BIRD SANCTUARY AT MA‘ALAEA BAY. This tranquil path through ancient wetlands will introduce you to many of the island’s