Maui Hawaii Activities
Maui offers hiking for everyone. Avid hikers like to stay upcountry in order to explore levels of trails and terrains.
Haleakala National Park’s trails range from rugged and rocky, to easier strolls. There is something for everyone in this wonderful park. Birders are often satisfied with sightings in Hosmer's Grove. Hiking all the way through Haleakala Crater is an 11 mile amazing experience. Boots are best on this hike or consider bring gators to keep cinders out of shoes.
Makawao Forest reserve and Polipoli State Park offer varied tree lined trails refreshing with cool mountain air.
For safety, and consideration of ecologically sensitive areas, please always stay on the trails. Boulder hopping can be dangerous and muddy conditions challenging.
Botanical Gardens, organic veggie gardens and flower farms thrive on the slopes of Haleakala where the soil is rich and the climate perfect for growing.
Self guided tours, and farm to table experiences are on the Upcountry menu. Lavender flowers and Protea flowers offer visitors a visual and fragrant delight.
History and Culture
Makawao town and surrounding upcounty regions of Kula , Ulupalukua and Keokea are rich is history and culture.
Paniolo history weaves through most Upcountry stories. Makawao town hosts the Makawao History Museum, the little museum with a big heart. Hawaiian history and old photographs in Ulupalakua share the tag with contemporary wine tasting and hearty buffalo burgers.
Maui boasts farm fresh ono dining. Market Fresh Bistro in Makawao offers cuisine for the health conscious with outdoor and indoor dining.
Upcountry offers a variety of dining experiences, and one of my favorite is the Halili’ maile General Store’s Sashimi Napoleon .
Pasta, fish, steaks, pizza, sashimi, plate lunch, noodles, salads cooked and raw, deserts, cookies, tiramisu , we
sure know how to eat . Sit down and relax, or stop by Rodeo General store for good wine and take out.
Horseback riding and bike riding are favorite outdoor activities in the Upcountry area. For trail riders, there is a bike park in Makawao and trails in the Makawao Forest. Bike rentals are available in Makawao.
I have ridden horses with most of the Upcountry ranches and will leave it up to the guests to decide their favorites. From “no frills” rugged rides to relaxing tamer rides, it’s all good fun. Each outfit offers spectacular experiences on good horses, and trails with wide open vistas. Knowledgeable paniolo guides delight guests with local history and their respect for the land.
North shore runs from the Kahului Airport area heading up the Hana Highway towards Huelo and beyond.
Most water activities take place in the Sprecklesville, Paia and Ho'okipa areas.
North shore is a world class windsurfing and kite-surfing destination which also includes the airport beaches.
Ho'okipa State Beach Park boasts good winter waves for experienced surfers. Always spend time watching the action before charging the waves. Respecting local surfer's home breaks also makes for a more pleasant experience.
The North shore is often cooled by Tradewinds. Sometimes it blows hard enough to make beach relaxing a bit challenging. Long walks on Baldwin Beach make for great morning meditation and exercise before the wind picks up.
EAST SIDE & HANA
Ohe'o Gulch Haleakala National Park
Hike up to waterfall, can be muddy, bring mosquito repellent. Trail winds through picturesque bamboo forest. For safety, do not cross rivers when running high.
Crescent shaped bay with comfortable sandy beach. Shade and showers make this a great place for a swim in Hana.
Wainapanapa State Park
Translates to "glistening waters" black sand beach with small caves
Kahanu Garden & Pi’ilanihale Heiau
National Botanical Garden, great place for a self guided tour. Impressive ancient heiau structure
Historic Hana town
Good rest stop, It's about the journey to Hana, not necessarily the town.
Famous Road to Hana
600 plus curves on the north side of this renowned and breathtaking road. Take it slow and pull over often.
Makena Beach State Park
Long lovely beach, with a shore break wave. Keep your eyes on the ocean at this beach.
Kings Trail at La Perouse Bay
Lava trail along a rugged and beautiful coastline.
Humpback Whale Sanctuary
South shore is great for whale watching during the winter months
Resorts and Restaurants Galore
Historic Lahaina Town
Second largest Banyan Tree in the world, with art festival that gathers in it's shade.
For fishing, parasailing and catching the ferry to Lanai
Nice Beaches, resort atmosphere