A fun and relaxed vacation always come to mind whenever we think of Maui in Hawaii—and no doubt, it’s for a good reason. This island is definitely a thrill to the senses, a place where adventure seekers would be pleased. It is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands. A weeklong stay might not be enough to go through all the wonderful spots. So if you are planning to visit soon and have only a limited time, it is best to plan ahead and write an itinerary. Make sure to book rentals in Maui and take a look at this list of recommended small towns that are worth your time.
Traveling with your family? Kihei is a perfect place to see and experience a wide variety of attractions and activities for all ages. This place boasts five-star resorts and good opportunities for everyone to enjoy water sports, sunbathing and hiking. The town may be small but it has lots of shopping malls and casual restaurants. Here you also get to hit over six miles of picture-perfect beaches and bask under the sun. If you want some quiet time, make sure to go to the beaches during weekdays early in the mornings so the atmosphere would be a lot calmer.
Fond of golfing? Drop by Hokulani Golf Villas and give yourself a treat. This is one of the newest addition to Kihei’s luxury living. Start your day with a round of golf with a friend on the golf on the Elleair Golf Course or invite a bunch of buddies over for a memorable sunset happy hour on your lanai.
Only ten minutes away from the Kahului Airport, Wailuku is where you get to explore charming mom-and-pop shops, contemporary boutiques, chilled-out coffee shops, and stylish cafés and restaurants that create a pleasant mix of new and old. For a chance to hike trails and see great views, try the Waihee Ridge trail in Iao Valley State Monument. It’s a pleasant walk through the jungle and convenient for both adults and kids alike. This special place offers a rich culture and history of the Hawaiian people.
Kepaniwai Park & Heritage Gardens is another great travel spot that showcases significant contributions of the diverse immigrant groups that have made up Maui’s history. The garden is perfect for a picnic lunch with the family. Find natural streams and jump in for a refreshing swim right after. Fresh and clean water awaits!
The historic little town of Makawao is where you can find the world’s largest dormant volcano. Visit the Haleakala National Park and be amazed at extraordinary lookouts and trails ahead.
Fancy beautiful artworks? Include the Makai Glass Creations in your travel itinerary. This point of interest offers the experience for visitors to watch how glass art is made and observe real talent and artistry of the locals from an observation area. With well-placed lights, the glass shop is fascinating where a great variety of eye candy and paintings are displayed for sale.
For drink lovers, look forward to visiting the Haliimaile Distillery in Makawao. Here you get to taste the vodka, gin, bourbon, and whiskey and see how these drinks are processed and distilled in a short but educational tour.
Now known as the windsurfing capital of the world, Paia is a must-visit destination especially for windsurfers for its huge, first-class, beautiful waves. Spend a lovely afternoon in HA Baldwin Beach Park or Baby Beach and relax under the sun. With nice walking areas, these beaches are also great for romantic couples. Find a mellow spot and take a dip in the cool waters.
Another notable sight and landmark in Paia are the Maui Dharma Center. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, here you will find a meditation garden that is ideal for anyone to sit and contemplate. The Maui Dharma Center is a welcome respite in a busy touristy area that can be a little overwhelming. Take a few minutes in silent and serene contemplation and you’ll leave feeling grounded back to earth you’re your spirit uplifted. Afterward, walk to the center and reach a cool sanctuary, where the walls are glowing with red and gold, and don’t forget to ring the bell for good wishes!
Hana is one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian frontiers. The road en route to this small town may be tricky and long, but it is still worth to travel for. Once you reach the town proper, expect to see lots of marvelous greenery. Cruise through one of the most fertile environments in all of Hawaii. Hana is superabundant with Hawaiian flora and fauna. You’ll be beset with quirky shops, farm markets, art galleries, museums, street food vendors, and beaches that are best for sunbathing, snorkeling, and swimming.
While you’re there, don’t miss the Hana’s Wai’anapanapa State Park. It is Maui’s famous black sand beach which is spread across 122-acres of East Maui coastline. Be prepared to be wowed by ancient Hawaiian burial sites and 5 sheltered sea caves, dramatic coastlines, a blowhole, and sea-sculpted lava formations.
If Maui is in your travel bucket list, know that it isn’t just a place for the beach bums and active types. There are more to discover and things to experience even in its small towns. These five places listed above are only some few examples of what to see and do. You surely won’t get bored!