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Where Maui - - THE GUIDE -

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.

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