Maui is more than beaches and beautiful water. Here are 10 of our favorite things to do for your next trip to Maui.
The town of Kula isn’t on Maui’s coast, so they've brought the coast inland for the goats. Here at the Surfing Goat Dairy visitors can milk goats, feed them, or just watch them chill out in their surfboard-decorated pens. Do not leave without sampling the MacGoat Nut cheese.
It's 77 miles from Maui's tourism hub of Kaanapali on the east coast to Hana on the west coast. But that doesn't tell the story. The road to Hana has over 600 switchbacks, 46 single-lane bridges, and countless waterfalls. It takes a good three hours or more to make the complete drive, and some people get halfway there before the stomach asks to turn back.
Travel around Maui's coast and you find the beaches changing color: white, black, and, out on the east coast, red. All reminders of the island's volcanic timeline.
Hit up an organic food stand for an outdoor dinner. Yes, pizza can be sourced from Maui's soil. We doubted the neon green smoothies until they were served. It took a few sips, but then we were hooked.
Then there's the ocean-to-plate meal: sashimi napoleon at the Hali’imaile General Store. It is as delicious as it is messy — fortunately, it's all casual. The dish blends island fresh sashimi grade tuna with Asian flavors.
Hula is synonymous with Hawaii. It's more than shaking hips. Hand movements are a key aspect of the dance as they're used to represent words in the chant that accompanies the dance. Local halaus (hula schools) sometimes offer demonstrations.
D.T. Fleming Beach Park on Maui’s west side is a beautiful crescent that boasts one thing many of Maui’s beaches lack: lifeguards. The beach serves as the sunbathing spot for guests at the nearby Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, so fine dining is a short stroll away.
Hike the Maunalei Arboretum Trails and take note of the trees and plants — some are endemic and others have been collected from around the world. Three trails, ranging from easy to moderate, serve up views of the interior part of West Maui that most don’t see. On a clear day, you might be treated this view of Molokai across the Pailolo Channel.
Reserve table 70 at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a restaurant at the Grand Wailea and you’ll enjoy almost private dining. The table is secreted away on a private peninsula away from the main part of the restaurant. You can’t go wrong with the macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi.
Its name means “House of the Rising Sun”, so you’d be remiss if you go to Maui and don’t catch a sunrise at the summit of Haleakala. Yes, you’ll have to wake up early. Really early. But watching the sunrise over a sea of clouds is unforgettable. Afterwards, stop by Kula Lodge for banana-mac nut pancakes. We can't think of a better way to start a day.