42 Things I Love About Maui

1. Exploring the many small, private museums preserving the past for future generations

2. Gazing out across miles of sugar cane swaying in the breeze

3. Learning the history and tradition of outrigger canoes in the islands

4. Picking your own lunch at O’o Farms in the Maui highlands

5. Sunrise at the top of Haleakala volcano

6. Taking life slow and enjoying an amazing massage at the Travaasa Hana

7. Finding hole in the wall restaurants for some of the best food on the island

8. Drive up to the lavender farm for amazing scenery and lavender everything

9. Walking around the laid back surfer community of Paia

10. Take a picnic to enjoy under the largest Banyan tree on the island in Lahaina

11. Biking down a foggy Haleakala volcano

12. Donuts on a stick in Makawao

Pipiwai Trail

13. At night drive out into the country, look at at the night sky and be amazed

14. Go whale watching in the channel between Lanai and Maui

15. Visit as many Hawaiian cultural sites as possible; Maui was important to early Hawaiians

16. Take a dip in the chilly Seven Sacred Pools

17. Fried Spam Musubi

18. Take a day trip to Lanai, a short ferry ride away

19. Hiking the lush and mysterious Pīpīwai trail near Hana

20. Early morning run along Red Sand Beach

21. Some of the best seafood you’ll ever find

22. Walking around old paniolo town of Makawao, now home to eclectic artists

23. Paying respects to Charles Lindbergh who is buried on the island

24. Giant cinnamon roll at Longhi’s. Enough said.

25. Find someone who can play ukulele or slack-key guitar and listen to them create magic

26. Trying Stand up Paddling for the first time

27. Drive, just drive anywhere for a couple of hours and enjoy one of the most beautiful places on the planet

28. Grab a local microbrewery beer to enjoy on any patio facing any water view

29. Enjoying Hawaiian soulfood at Da Kitchen near the airport

30.  Scuba, SNUBA, snorkel, swim – do anything and everything in the water

31. No such thing as a bad sunset

32. Watching the fog envelop the perpetually rainy Iao Needle

33. Exploring the old colonial town of Lahaina

34. Living like a rock star in Wailea Beach Villas

35. Experience the island like a local at the farmer’s market in Kula

36. Spend the day exploring Heavenly Hana

Haleakala Maui

37. Driving the sometimes nerve-wracking but always beautiful Road to Hana

38. Pampering yourself in the posh Wailea beach area

39. Maui is full of secret gardens and hidden waterfalls, finding a new one is part of the adventure

40. Sampling fresh cheeses at Surfing Goat Dairy

41. Doing nothing, a Maui tradition

42. Driving up 10,000 to the summit of Haleakala to see what life is like above the clouds

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7 Responses

  1. Mike Hinshaw

    Drinking Chocolate Macadamia coffee. Actually grown on the big island, but Maui was the first island I tasted it. I was hooked!!!

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  2. RenegadePilgrim

    #22 should be Makawao, not Mankato…and I LOVED that place! We went for a Friday Town Party and had a blast.

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    • Matt Long

      Yes, you’re right and I thought I’d changed that! Thanks for pointing it out.

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  3. Wendy

    Headed there on Friday, can’t wait. Your photos are beautiful.

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  4. steph

    I am always looking for info on Maui and wanting to move there. Thanks for sharing. Mahalo nui loa

    Reply

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