Formerly the capital of the Hawaiian islands, Lahaina offers something that everyone can appreciate. Visitors and locals alike go to shop on Front Street, eat a mixed plate while enjoying the beautiful ocean view, watch surfers in the harbor, read a book under the giant Banyan Tree and people watch with a shave ice. Don’t miss the old school charm of Lahaina Town.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little more funky and a little less conventional, Paia is where you want to be. This small hippie town in North Maui offers the best in quirky shopping, cozy, casual mom and pop restaurants, and a relaxed vibe that’s just what Maui is all about. Don’t miss the windsurfers at Ho’okipa Beach and hang out long enough to have a beer or cup of coffee and enjoy the afternoon.
Makawao is an interesting mix of artists and cowboys, called Hawaiian paniolos. Located in Upcountry Maui, this small and charming town offers art galleries, boutique shops, and a unique culture that’s famous for its cowboy characteristics, including an annual 4th of July Rodeo. Every 1st Friday of the month, Makawao hosts a great party in town. Don’t miss the great views, cooler temperatures and excellent hiking at the nearby forest reserve.
If you’ve come to Hawaii to surround yourself in nature, there’s not many better places to do it. Take the famous winding Road to Hana and enjoy the drive through Maui’s only coastal rainforest accessible by car. Packed full of waterfalls, beautiful beaches, caves, and bamboo forests, you’ll see it all. Stop at some of the fruit stands along the way and stay the night (or week) in Hana to get the full relaxing effect of Maui life.
Just South of Kihei, you’ll find the beautiful, luxurious town of Wailea. Home to some of the nicest resorts on the island, come here for pristine beaches, high-end shopping, restaurants, a round of golf and a sunset cocktail. While you won’t save any money by visiting this area of the island, if you feel like treating yourself, you’ve come to the right spot.
Located a little West of the Kahului Airport, Wailuku is a nice spot to visit if you want to spend a day away from the beach. Home to the beautiful Iao State Park, take a hike through the Maui Mountains to see beautiful views of the Iao Valley. Wailuku also houses lots of small, family run bakeries, boutiques and coffee shops if you want to sit back and watch the clouds roll in.
Photos provided by Natalie Brown.