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Haleakalā, meaning house of the sun, is a massive dormant volcano that created most of the island of Maui. Visitors can hike the 30 miles of trails at the summit surrounded by native Hawaiian plants and animals. From 10, 023 feet above the island, you can look down on Maui and watch the sunrise and the sunset high above the clouds. And after the sunset, the vantage point from the volcano offers open skies for some of the best stargazing in the world.
Haleakalā National Park, Kula, HI, USA, +1 808 572 4400
The Kīpahulu District of the Haleakalā National Park offers spectacular views of waterfalls, ocean vistas, and Hawaiian culture. The Kipahulu District has three distinct trails: the four-mile Pīpīwai Trail that can be taken alone or with a guided ranger hike, the Kuloa Point Trail that goes to the mouth of the ‘Ohe’o Gulch, and the Kahakai Trail that passes archaeological sites and ocean views. The ‘Ohe’o Gulch Pools, popularly known as the Seven Sacred Pools, are a string of pools and waterfalls that offer the opportunity for swimming.
Kipahulu Visitor Center, Haleakalā National Park, Kula, HI, USA, +1 808 248 7375
Maui Pineapple Tours is situated in the historic plantation town of Hali’imaile. This tour of the Hali’imaile Pineapple Plantation is the only place in the United States where you can tour a working pineapple plantation. On this tour, visitors get to learn about the growing cycle and cultivation techniques of pineapple farming and learn about the process from planting to packing and shipping. You will get to taste the various stages of the Maui pineapple, and at the end of the tour, you’ll receive a pineapple to take away with you.
‘Ulalena is one of the top theatrical productions throughout the Hawaiian Islands. ‘Ulalena portrays the history of Hawaii through authentic Hawaiian mythology, dance, and music from the beginning of the Hawaiian civilization to the end of the monarchy. The colorful, emotional, and dynamic production offers a unique cultural experience centered on the island of Maui. ‘Ulalena is the best way to learn about the history of Hawaii while simultaneously being entertained.
878 Front St, Lahaina, HI, USA, +1 808 856 7900
MauiWine is Maui’s only commercial winery. They have a selection of wines including sparkling, pineapple, grape, and a raspberry dessert wine. MauiWiner offers complimentary wine tasting daily from 10am to 5:30pm as well as complimentary guided walking tours at 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm every day of the week. The 30-minute tours include a history of the winery and the Ulupalakua Ranch. The tour covers the historic estate, the production area, and the wine cellar.
14815 Piilani Hwy, Kula, HI, USA, +1 808 878 6058
The Road to Hana is more than 60 miles of highway that goes through rainforests, cliffs, and coastal lands on the east side of Maui. The drive, whether you make it yourself or take a van tour, includes stops in many of the sights that are already on this list and so many more. The drive takes visitors from beaches to waterfalls to hiking trails, all ending in the town of Hana, considered to be the real Hawaii as it has been unchanged by Hawaii’s development. Or if you don’t want it to end, you can continue the loop so you don’t miss out on all that Hawaii has to offer.
Hana Highway, Kahului, HI, USA, +1 808 359 8030