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Food & Drink

Maui is known as a 'foodie' paradise with plenty of fresh local fare and a plethora of amazing restaurants. From fresh baked banana bread at roadside stands to the freshest seafood served right from the ocean, it's hard not to eat well here.

Coffee: mauicoffeeroasters.com/
Localvore: marketfreshbistro.com/
Pizza: flatbreadcompany.com/
Grocery/Provisions: manafoodsmaui.com/grocery/

Visiting Tips

As part of the chain in the Hawaiian Islands, Maui experiences the typical two-season year. Winters are generally cooler and rainier while summer is usually hotter and drier.

Maui also has plenty of micro-climates with its rugged and diverse terrain. One part of the island can be bathing in sun, while another can be shrouded in misty clouds.

The Polipolio Springs area, with cinder-based soil, is better hiking after some moisture and very dusty when dry.

The trails in Makawao Forest Reserve are optimal when dry and best avoided when wet.

Other Activities

Water sports and tourism are king throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Surfing, paddling and kite boarding are very popular water sports with plenty of rental equipment available.

Haleakala National Park is also a big draw and worth the drive to look inside the crater rim at 10,000+ feet.

If you just want to experience the beauty and laid back lifestyle of Maui then a drive to Hana might just do the trick. It's a long, winding and scenic road.

Gems in Maui - 4

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gem Favorite Seven Sacred Pools

Pools at Ohe'o

(9) Hāna, HI
gem Favorite A temporary waterfall after the waves crashed over the rocks at the end of the peninsula.

Dragon's Teeth

(1) Napili-…, HI
gem Favorite A little trail-side vegetation starts popping out of the rocks and sand.

Silversword Plants

(2) Kēōkea, HI
gem Favorite It like a whole new world in the woods of Hosmer.

Hosmer Grove Nature-Viewing

(2) Makawao, HI

Recommended Routes in Maui - 9

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Favorite Makahiku Falls
Intermediate

Pipiwai Trail

3.4 mi 5.5 km 727' Up 221.55 m Up 726' Down 221.4 m Down

Hāna, HI
Favorite Eerie morning light surrounds the visitor center just after dawn.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sliding Sands Out-and-Back

4.2 mi 6.7 km 1,239' Up 377.57 m Up 1,239' Down 377.54 m Down

Kēōkea, HI
Favorite Eerie morning light surrounds the visitor center just after dawn.
Difficult

Haleakala Crater - Sliding Sands Trail to Halemau’u Trailhead

11.4 mi 18.3 km 1,725' Up 525.93 m Up 3,510' Down 1069.89 m Down

Kēōkea, HI
Favorite Seven Sacred Pools
Intermediate

Kuloa Point

0.6 mi 1.0 km 64' Up 19.49 m Up 70' Down 21.43 m Down

Hāna, HI
Favorite POOF!  Spurts 30-40'!
Intermediate/Difficult

Nakalele Blowhole

1.0 mi 1.6 km 231' Up 70.43 m Up 205' Down 62.63 m Down

Napili-…, HI
Favorite Mees Solar Observatory
Very Difficult

Maui Skyline Loop

36.8 mi 59.2 km 8,190' Up 2496.45 m Up 8,189' Down 2496.05 m Down

Kēōkea, HI
Favorite Wading the Iao Stream
Easy/Intermediate

Iao Valley State Park

0.4 mi 0.7 km 90' Up 27.42 m Up 90' Down 27.43 m Down

Wailuku, HI
Favorite Amazing views of the 1790 lava flow (black fingers coming down the mountain) - the last on Maui.
Intermediate

La Perouse Bay to Cap Hanamanioa

2.5 mi 4.0 km 73' Up 22.37 m Up 73' Down 22.36 m Down

Kēōkea, HI
Favorite Excellent snorkeling at Ahihi-Kinau Reserve
Intermediate

Ahihi Cove to "The Dumps"

0.8 mi 1.3 km 17' Up 5.26 m Up 17' Down 5.3 m Down

Kīhei, HI

Maui Hiking

  • 142 Miles 228 Kilometers of Trail
  • 9 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Gems Gems
  • 17 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 24 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 9 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Maui - 41

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2.1 mi 3.4 km #1Waihe'e Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Waihee-Waiehu, HI
Intermediate/Difficult
Waihee-Waiehu, HI 14 
10.3 mi 16.5 km #2Halemau'u Trail
Difficult
Kēōkea, HI
Difficult
Kēōkea, HI 11 
0.4 mi 0.6 km #3Dragon's Teeth Trail
Intermediate
Napili-Honokowai, HI
Intermediate
Napili-Honokowai, HI
6.9 mi 11.1 km #4Kaupo Trail
Difficult
Wailua, HI
Difficult
Wailua, HI
4.8 mi 7.7 km #5Lahaina Pali Trail
Difficult
Waikapū, HI
Difficult
Waikapū, HI
2.5 mi 4.1 km #6Kahakapao East
Intermediate
Makawao, HI
Intermediate
Makawao, HI
5.7 mi 9.2 km #7Skyline Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Kēōkea, HI
Intermediate/Difficult
Kēōkea, HI
0.3 mi 0.5 km #8Leleiwi Overlook Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Kēōkea, HI
Easy/Intermediate
Kēōkea, HI
3.3 mi 5.3 km #9Boundary Trail
Difficult
Kēōkea, HI
Difficult
Kēōkea, HI
2.6 mi 4.1 km #10Kahakapao West
Intermediate
Makawao, HI
Intermediate
Makawao, HI

Photos of Maui - 161

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Makahiku Falls
Sep 22, 2015 near Hāna, HI
Ashley makes her way upwards on the long climb.
Dec 31, 2019 near Wailua, HI
A little trail-side vegetation starts popping out of the rocks and sand.
Dec 31, 2019 near Kēōkea, HI
The early morning sun takes a while to get things heated up in the winter. But it will get there.
Dec 31, 2019 near Kēōkea, HI
Eerie morning light surrounds the visitor center just after dawn.
Dec 31, 2019 near Kēōkea, HI
Haleakala Crater
Sep 22, 2015 near Kēōkea, HI
Haleakala National Park
Apr 1, 2020 near Kēōkea, HI
The grasslands at this end of the hike are almost polar opposite to the barren landscape at the start.
Dec 31, 2019 near Wailua, HI