“So many different and diverse cultures are present in Hawaii and contributed to our culinary scene. The plate lunch and Loco Moco are distinctly Hawaiian Regional Cuisine foundation blocks as they combine the working lunch box ingredients found in the plantation workers' noontime contributions.”
“Neighborhoods on Maui are largely economic in nature, not cultural. Lahaina is protected as a historic and cultural icon and gives a wonderful view of life in long ago Maui. Wailuku is another village clinging to it's roots in architecture and life style.”
“Lahaina and the larger Wailea resorts offer dinner shows, cocktail/dinner cruises, and very fun Happy Hours to entice visitors.”
“Snorkel trips, zip line excursions, and whale watching activities are things for all age groups, but particularly exciting for the kids.”
"Hiking through the crater of Haleakala, swimming at the Seven Sacred Pools, or the lava fields at Makena are distinctly Maui activities.”
“Maui Arts & Cultural Center has world class concerts, shows and movies almost every evening. There are art galleries in each village and many small festivals throughout the year.”
“Front Street in Lahaina is always satisfying. The Na Hoku Hawaiian Jewelry Store (since 1924) has beautiful local designs produced in Hawaii. Just ask for Cindy. Honolulu Cookie Company offers wonderful cookies packaged for shipment to folks at home. Paia is another village that offers exemplary shopping in vintage surroundings.”
“Maui is a more laid back island but if you want some action go to Lahaina or Paia where the younger people can find music and various forms of entertainment. I prefer the quieter beautiful Wailea with a walk past all the great hotels the you can visit or simply enjoy the beach sunset and beautiful people”
“Do not miss the fish taco truck opposite Kamaole Beach 1 and Moose Mac Gillicuddie's across from Kamaole Beach 2”
“There are a bunch of great water activities that can be done anywhere on the beaches, snorkelling and of course swimming being the most popular. For those that want a good work out, paddle boarding should give you quite the work out!”
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"Mama's Fish House has the cuisine and views that everyone should experience at least once in their life. One of the best restaurants in the United States!"
"The area north of Kapalua in west Maui has beauty unparalleled in the United States - rough terrain, blowholes where crashing waves demonstrate their strength, mountains, etc."
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"For more adventurous activities, try boogie boarding, swimming, snorkeling, paddleboarding, surfing, or horseback riding."
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"Check out Lahaina town. I also tell all my guests to drive up north to Kahakuloa and stop in at Lorraine’s Shaved Ice. Lorraine is an old friend, pure Hawaiian, and she has loads of stories and the best treats out that way. A most beautiful and scenic drive too!"
"Front Street in Lahaina is known as the art capital of the Pacific. I tell all my guests to see if Willie K. is playing while they are there. He is a world class entertainer guaranteed to please regardless of your musical taste."
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"If you’re looking for a low key night, go to Warren and Annabelle's Magic Show. For something less low key, there’s Longhi's which turns into a dance club after 9pm."
"Check out the Friday Night art walk in Lahaina. Local artists are doing their thing at multiple galleries along Front Street. You can find discounts on art, so have a glass of wine and mingle."
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"Barefoot Cafe at Hana Bay is a delightful and very local food place. They have a great variety and are reasonable. The menu changes every day, and Pat is a former hotel pastry chef - she makes awesome turnovers. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner til 8pm."
"Hana has very talented singers and musicians. You can see them sometimes at night at the Travaasa Hotel's Bar. There’s also festival day if you are lucky enough to be here, which has all day music and hula dancing."
"I really like Wailuku. It's underappreciated and not as visited as some of the other towns in Central Maui, but it has a pleasant vibe and a sweet short stretch of coffee houses, good dining, and local shopping, like Native Intelligence and Maui Thing. Also, head up to Makawao for the street of hitching rails and shopping - don't miss the "tex-mex" at Polli's! Sounds crazy, but this is a must-chow-down joint, with surf videos overhead."
"Excellent performances take place at Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Old Lahaina Lu'au really is the best - any lu'au is fun for visitors, but OLL has a dedicated site so it's not just setting up and tearing down on hotel property, for example - very well done."
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"For an adventurous activity, check out the Kapalua Coastal trail & Butterfly Hill."
Maui remains, as Hawai'i's second-largest island, amazingly pristine - offering both the native wilderness of Hana and the upscale resorts of Wailea, Kaanapali and Kapalua, the deep history of Lahaina and the modern conveniences of Kahului, the family farms of Upcountry and the billion-dollar industries of the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei.
Maui has been called the heart chakra of the Hawaiian Islands, a place that opens the heart and calms the mind. The island hosts a rainbow of races, religions and cultures - a warm and gracious people. Residents are still cognizant of Hawaii's old-style ways and they still take the time to talk story, watch the sunset, and extend easy hospitality. With temperatures averaging a balmy 75 to 85 degrees, cooled by soft trade winds, visitors find all the little worries just slipping away.
For an unprecedented 20th time, Maui captured "Best U.S. Island" in the 25th annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards Poll. The publication also deemed Maui "Best Island in the World" as the Hawaiian Island bested every single island and city named to the poll.
And this elite status isn't hard to understand. Maui is home to stunning native flora and fauna; hidden tropical waterfalls; rolling pastureland; steep, rocky cliffs; and some of Hawaii's most stunning sunsets, framing the islands of "Maui Nui" ("Big Maui" or Maui County): Maui, Molokini, Kahoolawe, Lanai and Molokai. With red, black and white sand, Maui's beaches have consistently been chosen by "Dr. Beach" Stephen Leatherman as ranking among the best beaches in the U.S. Kapalua, Kaanapali and Wailea beaches have also been named among his top 40 choices as the "healthiest" beaches in the country, based on water quality, amenities, safety and environmental factors.
Glitter and the good life thrive on Maui, too. Enlightened farmers, fertile soil, and brilliant, world-renowned chefs give Maui a cachet that has circled the globe. From Makawao and Kula to Central, South and West Maui, from rubber-slipper casual to elegantly chic, restaurants of all types draw an international and local clientele. The top resorts offer food and wine festivals that are signature events every year: Kapalua Wine & Food Festival; Kaanapali Fresh; Taste of Lahaina; Taste of Wailea; the Maui Onion Festival in Kaanapali.
For families, Maui offers myriad adventures that turn into family stories told again and again in the years to come. There's something about Maui that really works for bringing a family closer together. It begins with sunrise in a warm, crystal-clear sky. The climate and natural beauty suggest that it's time to slow down. There's no hurry to "get somewhere" - unless, perhaps, out onto the beach for an early morning swim or stroll.
Where to stay? Your call! How about spacious condominiums for the family with all the amenities of home? While luxury resorts line Maui's south and west shores, moderately priced accommodations abound in neighboring resort areas, and in Central and Upcountry Maui.
Information provided by: Hawaii Tourism Authority