Collected by Laura Butler
Haleakalā, a huge and dormant shield volcano, forms more than 75 percent of Maui's landmass. As such, it pretty much demands you ascend it to peer down into the crater, into the island's very soul. Legend claims the demigod Māui snared the sun...
Kāʻanapali Beachwalk, Hawaii, USA
From the moment you first pop up on a surfboard—and realize you're standing on a wave—it's immediately apparent why the sport of surfing is such an addictive and popular pursuit. In Ancient Hawaii, surfing was reserved exclusively for royalty and...
HI-440, Lanai City, HI 96763, USA
The island of Lana'i is one of the last places in Hawaii where you can still have a beach to yourself. In fact, on the northern and eastern coastlines, you have a better chance of finding deer tracks in the sand than a trace of human footprints....
799 Poho Pl, Paia, HI 96779, USA
Mama's lives just off the infamous Road to Hana that hugs the northern coast of Maui, caught between lush, tropical rainforest and dazzling blue ocean. First, try the Polynesian Ono, which is served like a ceviche, with a delightful island-like...
1813 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768, USA
If you’re looking for tropical tranquility, bypass Maui’s buzzy resort enclaves and head away from the coast to the island’s laid-back Upcountry. At Lumeria, a 24-room wellness retreat, visitors can start the day with a guided...
Waianapanapa, Hana, HI 96713, USA
The key to to appreciating Maui's Hana Highway is really taking the time to stop and explore along the way. One of my favorite places along the famous drive is Waianapanapa State Park. The 120-acre park is a mix of dense tropical forest, black...
Poelua Bay HI 96793, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA
The north coast of west Maui is full of places to adventure! We parked off the side of Kahekili Highway 340, and we climbed around and stumbled down the lava rock and dirt path toward the water. There are a number of blowholes and tide pools in...
3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753, USA
Opened in 2013, Andaz’s first and only Hawaiian property, situated on Mokapu Beach, has four cascading infinity pools (plus many more private plunge pools), meaning guests are never more than a few steps from water. The 290 rooms and suites...
277 Lahainaluna Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Though it may seem like trivia, Hawaii is the only place in the United States that commercially harvests coffee. For years, Kona coffee from the Big Island of Hawaii has been a staple of Hawaii's bean scene, but in recent years, coffee has spread...
3651 Omaopio Rd, Kula, HI 96790, USA
Cute baby goats, hay rides, cheese - what's not to like? The Surfing Goat Dairy in the Kula region of Maui has something for everyone. The foodie will absolutely love everything on their menu with most of the goat cheese products prepared from...
207 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Maui has a way of creating moments you wish could be frozen in time—isolated, perfect snippets of reality that you pray will never end. Here, in the waters off Kaʽanapali, as a rainbow arcs over rugged valleys, and the sweet melody of Hawaiian...
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
There are few activities which dominate your senses quite like a Hawaiian luau. From the moment you enter hungry and eager, to the moment you exit well-fed and wowed, the tastes and sounds and tropical smells leave your senses bordering on...
Front St, Lahaina, HI, USA
A quaint small town, Lahaina indulges visitors in magnificent sunsets. But the Maui town is more than just beaches and pretty evening skies. There is no better way to get to know Lahaina than strolling down the streets, sample a few restaurants...
500 Bay Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
In Ancient Hawaii, six-man canoes were the vessel of choice for moving between islands and villages. Today, outrigger canoeing is a big part of the culture and a popular activity among locals. In the last decade, it's even become a high school...
658 Front St #11, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
As a huge Disney fan, I couldn't help but feel a little bit like Ariel as our submarine descended 100 feet underwater. The submarine fits 48 passengers and everyone has a front row seat. There are windows throughout the vessel and the captain...
1279 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
I love discovering local foodie favorites when traveling so when my boyfriend and I were in Maui we found this little cafe using local restaurant reviews. Well, apparently the fish tacos here are so good it has been featured in travel magazines,...
1300 Kamehameha V Hwy, Kaunakakai, HI 96748, USA
Let's be frank, luaus might be a fun way to experience "Hawaii" but they are not authentic tributes to this ancient culture. That's why when a friend invited me to Hotel Molokai's Friday evening Kupuna Night, saying that this was the most...
Kapaa, HI 96746, USA
Swift streams and waterfalls continue to carve these vertiginous and rugged valleys as they pour down into the sea. One of the most stunning wilderness areas on earth, it also contains ancient Hawaiian ruins of graves, temples, house platforms,...
Hanalei, HI 96714, USA
There's a hike for everyone along the spiny Na Pali Coast. Burly backpackers can take on the entire 11-mile Kalalau Trail (which, at certain points, is only about a foot wide—yeesh!). But day-trippers have their pick. For all, start at Ke'e beach,...
If you have the time next time you're in Hawaii, instead of just hanging on the beach or catching point breaks, charter a sailboat for a few days. Tons of boats will take you out of the Big Island or out of Lahaina on Maui—not too expensive if you...
Princeville, HI, USA
If there’s paradise on earth, it would be Kauai. It is without a doubt one of the most sublimely serene and beautiful place I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to. Kauai offers everything a traveler could want or need for an ultimate vacation...
3-4131 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766, USA
After a guided drive through Kauai's backcountry, including a stop to view Mount Waiʻaleʻale - its summit is one of the world's rainiest spots, we put on headlamps and water shoes and tubed down the irrigation canals and darkened tunnels of what...
Maunawili, HI 96734, USA
Eons of running water are responsible for Hawaii’s escarpments and canyons. After a rainfall, innocuous streams, pools, and waterfalls can swell to impressive sizes. For an easy hike, walk along the Maunawili Falls trail on Oahu to glimpse the...
Hanalei Bay, Hawaii, USA
Kauai's Hanalei Bay may be one of the most magical places on the planet. I swear some of the locals start paddleboarding at sunrise and don't come back in until sundown. I've paddleboarded in calm waters, but this was my first time trying to...
Hoolako St, Lihue, HI 96766, USA
No lions, no tigers, nor bears, but on Kauai, there are lychees, taro, and bananas galore. Come and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of the farmers' labor at one of the many Sunshine Markets on Kauai! With the nickname of the Garden Isle, it's no...
5-5161 Kuhio Hwy e104, Hanalei, HI 96714, USA
The vintage hula girls were a little hard to find. They were hidden in a glass case behind stores Tiki tableware, vintage Hawaiian shirts, surfer postcards, and flour sack towels. Nevertheless, the ladies hula-ed at delicate touch amidst...
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