ALEXANDER & BALDWIN SUGAR MU SEUM 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. sugarmuseum.com. 3957 Hansen Rd. Open daily, 9:30 am-4:30 pm. $7 adults, $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. Create your own lunch basket with their gourmet picnic lunch and enjoy a lavenderinfused dessert with your choice of sandwich. aklmaui.com. 1100 Waipoli Rd., 808.878.3004.
BAILEY HOUSE MUSEUM Built in 1833, Wailuku’s Bailey House offers reminders of the 19th century. The museum houses Maui’s largest public collection of ancient Hawaiian artifacts, which represent every aspect of life in pre-contact Hawaii. mauimuseum.org. 2375 A Main St., Open M-Sa, 10am-4pm 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. nps.gov/hale. Crater Road. Be sure to make advance reservations (recreation.gov) to watch the sun rise at Haleakala. For weather reports and road conditions, call 808.572.4400.
HUMPBACK WHALE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY VISITORS CENTER A living classroom on a beachfront location in Kihei, the center is devoted to educating the public about Hawaiian sea life. 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 700-acre 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, 7:30am4pm. 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 9am - 4pm, 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. Daily tickets are $27.95 for adults, $19.95 for children (ages 3-12) and $24.95 seniors (65-plus). Weekly and annual passes are also available. mauioceancenter.com. 192 Ma‘alaea Rd., Wailuku, 808.270.7000.
MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION & COUN TRY 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 9am- 4pm, daily 808.244.7643.
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 nene (goose). piiholo.com. 325 Waiahiwi Rd., 808.740.0727.