In recent history, the Republic of Hawaii was founded in 1893 and by 1959 Hawaii became the 50th state of the Unites States of America. The island of Maui is part of the Hawaiian Islands, the second largest in size, and just off its shores are Moloka’i, Lana’i, and the uninhabited Kaho’olawe. These little islands are worth the guided day trips for snorkelling. You can see all sorts of marine life from dolphins, turtles, and even spotting the occasional whale. In the 1800’s this area was a major whaling spot, as the humpbacks travel to and from the Alaskan waters. During the winter months they spend their time mating in Maui’s warm waters. If you have the time, don’t miss out on a whale watching tour.
Agriculturally, Maui is known for producing coffee, macadamia nuts, papaya, tropical flowers, sugar and pineapple. On the Hana side of the island, be sure to stop by the fruit stands outside of people’s homes. Many locals will put out their extra avocados, coconuts, bananas and passion fruits and they work on a fantastic honour system. If you take some fruit you leave some money in the box. Simple. Be sure to try the large butter avocados, they are divine.
Top 14 Attractions in Maui
You may have to make two trips…
- Ho’okipa Beach Park – Famous world surfing spot
- Haleakala Crater – A volcano crater
- The Road to Hana
- A Crazy downhill bike ride
- Ohe’o Gulch Pools (Seven Sacred Pools)
- Maui Gold Pineapple Farm
- Lahaina’s Courthouse
- Pipiwai Trail – See a Bamboo Forest
- Ka’anapali Beach
- Snorkelling on Molokini
- Iao Needle in Iao Valley State Park
- Lahaina’s Banyan Tree planted in 1873!
- Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
- Maui’s Black Beach
Fun Sports in Maui
- Hang gliding
- Downhill biking
Did you know…?
Maui’s famous highway, the Road to Hana, spans over 55 miles long and features 617 curves with 26 bridges, some so narrow only one car can pass! The scenery, particularly the oceanfront is simply stunning.
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Since Maui is a volcanic tropical island, you will want to dress appropriately for the full range of micro climates. Near ocean level you’ll want light, hot-weather clothing for the beach. For higher elevations you’ll need a windbreaker to keep out the chill, and heavier clothing (hoodies, down jacket) for hiking Haleakala. It’s cold at the top with strong winds. On side note, pack some snacks for at the top, the scenery is breathtaking and you’ll want to soak it all in. Most of Maui is pretty causal and sport wear is abundant, but if you are looking for fancier dinners out at some of the resorts, you’ll want to bring along some light, dressier clothing.
Everyone has their favourites and Maui is no different, and although most of the foods are heavily influenced by western American style there are some definite gems to be found. Lots of fresh fruit and fish, and with a strong Asian influence you will find plenty of rice too. Of course you can always find a good ol’ American burger too.
The most unique food that the people of Maui are known to love, is Spam. Yes, we said Spam. You should definitely give it a try, it’s called Spam Musubi, which is fried spam atop of white sushi rice held together by ring of nori. Sometimes, you can find spots where they deep fry the whole thing. Da Kitchen comes highly recommended for Hawaiian cuisine, but if you miss them it’s an easy-to-find snack. You can even find it in the local general stores.
A Hana Gem
Hana Farms is a great locally known spot for fresh oven pizzas, fantastic banana bread, and of course you have to try their legendary coconut candy. This little farm is a firm believer in supporting locally grown foods, of which they have plenty on site, and is also a supporter and home to many Woofers, who earn their keep by working the land.
A Fun Treat
Local Boys Shave Ice is another must try while on Maui. Serving unique flavoured, shaved ice cones, you can get anything from guava, to lychee, to tamarind, to tiger’s blood, to papaya, and even Li Hing Mui (a salty plum)! Of course, you can also get the normal fruits like coconut, strawberry, and mango. Supporting this little shop is also contributing to the rags to riches story of a chef who quit his day job to be closer to his little boy. They started with an umbrella and a homemade sign and worked their way up to owning two locations- Kihei, and Lahaina.
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