Mu­se­ums + At­trac­tions

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ALEXAN­DER & BALD­WIN SUGAR MU­SEUM—

This small mu­seum in Pu­unene show­cases how sug­ar­cane in­flu­enced Hawaii’s econ­omy and history for nearly 100 years. See pho­to­graphs and ar­ti­facts from the im­mi­grants, who came from ev­ery cor­ner of the world seek­ing work, and dis­cover what life was like on the plan­ta­tion. In­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits show how sugar was pro­cessed. You can pick up some real Hawai­ian sug­ar­cane stalks, books and some made-on-Maui treats in the gift shop. sug­ar­mu­seum.com. 3957 Hansen Rd. Open M-Sa, 9:30 am-4:30 pm. $7 adults, $5 se­niors aged 60 and older, $2 chil­dren ages 6-12. 808.871.8058.

ALII KULA LAVEN­DER—

Laven­der fields go on for­ever in Up­coun­try Maui, and at this farm it’s used in ev­ery­thing from scone mixes to eye masks. Tours can be done by foot or on a cart. The Royal Tea Ser­vice is a real treat and in­cludes laven­der tea, le­mon­ade and scones. For a heartier meal, try the Royal Lunch Ser­vice. akl­maui.com. 1100 Waipoli Rd., 808.878.3004.

BAI­LEY HOUSE MU­SEUM—

Built in 1833, Wailuku’s Bai­ley House get a glimpse of both pre-con­tact Hawai‘i – the site was once the Royal com­pound of Maui’s last rul­ing chief, Ka­hek­ili, and Hawai­ians’ sense of place makes the pre-con­tact com­po­nent here crit­i­cal – and a slice of mis­sion­ary-era life. Re­minders of the 19th cen­tury can be found through­out the mu­seum, from the fine fur­ni­ture con­structed of Euro­pean woods to koa, which was so abun­dant that it was thought of as the “cheap” wood. To­day, of course, it is ex­tremely scarce and highly prized. The mu­seum also houses Maui’s largest pub­lic col­lec­tion of an­cient Hawai­ian ar­ti­facts, which rep­re­sent ev­ery as­pect of life in pre-con­tact Hawai’i – from fish­ing to war­fare, food prepa­ra­tion to weav­ing. Nearby, a ca­noe house shel­ters the beau­ti­ful “Honau­nau,” one of the last koa fish­ing ca­noes of its kind. Past and present har­mo­niously ex­ist on th­ese man­i­cured

grounds, which are abloom with 40 plant species, many en­demic or in­dige­nous, and still gath­ered by mod­ern Hawai­ians for use in cul­tural prac­tices. mauimu­seum.org. 2375 A Main St., Open M-Sa, 10 am-4 pm 808.244.3326.

HALEAKALA NA­TIONAL PARK—

Haleakala Na­tional Park en­com­passes the world’s largest dor­mant vol­cano and 26,000 acres of dry forests, rain forests and desert. The park is home to en­dan­gered an­i­mals and plants, such as the nene, a Hawai­ian wild goose. From De­cem­ber through April, the sun rises be­tween 6 to 6:45 am. It takes at least 1.5 hours to drive from Kahu­lui to the sum­mit. Bring a jacket or sweater, since the tem­per­a­ture at this al­ti­tude can drop to be­low freez­ing be­fore dawn. nps.gov/hale. Crater Road. For weather re­ports and road con­di­tions, call 808.572.4400.

HUMP­BACK WHALE NA­TIONAL MARINE SANCTU

ARY VISI­TORS CEN­TER—

A liv­ing class­room on a beach­front lo­ca­tion in Ki­hei, the cen­ter is de­voted to ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about Hawai­ian sea life. Ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day 11 am, the cen­ter hosts talks about hump­back whales. You can also find a marine science li­brary and the stones of an an­cient Hawai­ian fish­pond. hawai­ihump­back­whale. noaa.gov/about/of­fices.html. 726 S. Ki­hei Rd., 808.879.2818.

IAO VAL­LEY STATE PARK—

Home to picturesque Iao Nee­dle, a 1,200-foot cone of hard­ened lava at the heart of lush Iao Val­ley just west of Wailuku. The veg­e­ta­tion-shrouded cliffs sur­round­ing the nee­dle are the re­mains of Puu Kukui, the crater of the dor­mant West Maui vol­cano. Iao Stream (fed by up to 400 inches of rain per year) cuts through the val­ley, with ex­cel­lent hik­ing trails run­ning along­side and criss­cross­ing through­out the park. It is said that the bones of many chief­tains are buried in the vicin­ity of the nee­dle. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., free ad­mis­sion. hawai­is­tateparks.org. At the end of Hwy. 320 (Iao Val­ley Rd.).

KEALIA POND NA­TIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE—

This 700acre marsh be­tween Maalaea and Ki­hei is one of the last re­main­ing nat­u­ral wet­lands in Hawaii and is home to sev­eral species of na­tive and en­dan­gered birds. In the win­ter months, the pond can dou­ble in size. Bird­watch­ers can see the aeo (Hawai­ian stilt), koloa (ducks) as well as flocks of mi­gra­tory birds. fws.gov/keali­apond. En­trance at Mile Marker 6 on Hwy. 311 (Mokulele Hwy)., Open M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 808.875.1582.

KULA BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DENS—

Take a stroll through 8 acres of ver­dant beauty. More than just a gar­den, this an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary houses a Jackson Chameleon ex­hibit, nene (wild Hawai­ian geese), African Cranes and an aviary. ku­la­b­otan­i­cal­gar­den.com. 638 Kekaulike Ave., Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily 808.878.1715.

MAUI OCEAN CEN­TER—

This marine park is one of Maui’s top at­trac­tions and has been called “The Hawai­ian Aquar­ium.” It in­cludes a 750,000-gal­lon open ocean ex­hibit, with 2,000-plus fishes, live co­ral dis­plays, green sea tur­tles, en­coun­ters with sharks and rays, and a touch tank filled with starfish and sea urchins. Weekly passes are avail­able. mauio­cean­cen­ter.com. 192 Maalaea Rd., Wailuku, 808.270.7000.

MAUI TROP­I­CAL PLAN­TA­TION & COUN­TRY STORE—

This 60-acre work­ing plan­ta­tion near Iao Val­ley of­fers a fun way to dis­cover Hawaii’s rich agri­cul­tural history. Take a tram ride through fields where pa­paya, guava, mango, macadamia nuts and cof­fee grow. Learn to husk a co­conut while on the tour, and visit the Coun­try Store for unique made-on-Maui snacks and gifts. mauitrop­i­calplan­ta­tion.com. 1670 Honoapi­ilani Hwy., Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily 808.244.7643.

PA­CIFIC WHALE FOUN­DA­TION—

Help sup­port this non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion with a whale watch­ing cruise or snorkel tour. paci­ficwhale.org. 300 Maalaea Rd., 800.942.5311.

PAIA CON­TEM­PO­RARY GALLERY—

Im­merse your­self in the post-mod­ern art world, and view finely cu­rated ab­stract and con­tem­po­rary art­work in var­i­ous medi­ums. pa­ia­con­tem­po­rary­gallery.com. 83 Hana Hwy., 808.280.6110.

PIIHOLO RANCH—

Horse­back rides in the pan­iolo cow­boy tra­di­tion are of­fered by the Bald­win fam­ily, who have been ranch­ers on the is­land for six gen­er­a­tions. Share the fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ence in cat­tle ranch­ing while rid­ing in open range with sweep­ing vis­tas; also see many na­tive plants and in­dige­nous trees of Hawaii and the Bald­wins’ pre­serve and nurs­ery for the state bird, the en­dan­gered Hawai­ian Neme goose. piiholo.com. 3620 Bald­win Ave., 808.357.5544.

SKY­LINE ECO-AD­VEN­TURES—

Strap into a har­ness and zip above the nat­u­ral won­ders of Hawaii with one of two tours. The Haleakala Sky­line Tour, in Up­coun­try Maui, soaris along the slopes of one of the world’s largest vol­ca­noes. The Kaana­pali Sky­line Ad­ven­ture in west Maui be­gins with a 6-wheel drive into the rugged and beau­ti­ful lands above Ka’ana­pali, where eight ziplines al­low you to soar high above streams and wa­ter­falls. zi­pline.com. Haleakala Sky­line Tour, Crater Rd., 808.878.8400; Kaana­pali Sky­line Tour, Fair­way Shops at Kaana­pali,.

WHALERS VIL­LAGE MU­SEUM—

See what life was like when La­haina was a wild whal­ing com­mu­nity. Dis­plays in­clude the fore­cas­tle of a whal­ing ship, an­tique ornaments and uten­sils made from whale ivory and bone, and one of the world’s largest scale mod­els of a whal­ing ship. Open 9 am - 10 pm daily, free ad­mis­sion. whalersvil­lage.com/mu­seum.htm. 2435 Kaana­pali Park­way, 808.661.4567.

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