Get Fes­tive

Whether you de­cide to head to hana or en­joy the view from up above, these di­ver­sions go the dis­tance.

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Contents - GO BE­YOND HANA


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.


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 (ka­ 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 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

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