Visit Maui and you will know you have traveled to a place like no other. From the Iao Valley one of the wettest locations on earth and one of Maui’s most sacred places located west of Kahului in Central Maui to the highest peak at Mt. Haleakala, Maui is as diverse in natural beauty as she is rich in history. From scenic waterfalls with clear water pools to powerful waves, Maui has it all. Check out the North Shore at Paia Town, often called the ”The World Capital of Windsurfing” or head on over to the coastal shoreline of Maui’s south and west facing sun drenched beaches. From the quiet coastal communities of Kihei and Wailea in South Maui to the popular tourist area of West Maui that stretches from Lahaina town to Kaanapali you’ll find some of the best white sand beaches in the entire western hemisphere. If you’re in for adventure head to Hana and take in the many scenic stops along the way. You’ll be immersed in flora and fauna, along the way you’ll see waterfalls gushing from her mountain side while waves break in the distant along her rugged northeastern shoreline. It’s little wonder Maui the “The Valley Isle” has been voted “Best Island” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for seventeen years. ’Maui no ka Oi’ The Hawaiian slogan for Maui is the best!
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Paia, Haiku, Huelo
Kihei & Wailea
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Maui, nick named "The Valley Isle" is a formation of two separate volcanoes that now form the east and west peninsulas. Central Maui is the isthmus that separates the dormant volcano Mt. Haleakala on the eastern peninsula and the extinct West Maui Volcano (Mauna Kahalawai) on Maui’s western peninsula. The isthmus was created during the shield-building stage of Haleakala when lava flowed into West Maui. Central Maui includes the towns of Kahului, Wailuku, Paukukalo, Waikapu, Waiehu, Waihee, and Puunene. Locals consider Maalaea, Kihei and Paia as part of Central Maui. Central Maui is the commercial hub of the island and is the most densely populated residential and commercial area of Maui. Maalaea is home to the Maui Ocean Center, an amazing tropical aquarium possibly the largest in the Western Hemisphere.
Narrow road to Old Kahakuloa village - Maui, Hawaii
Kahului, Maui is the center of the commerce in the central valley. This is where most of the locals come to shop for products, goods and services. Kahului has an assortment of shopping centers, banks, department stores, restaurants, parks and is home to the University of Hawaii at Maui Community College. Kahului is where Maui’s main airport is located, thus the first glimpse of Maui for inbound travelers visiting the island. While most visitors arrive in Kahului very few ever spend much time here, mainly because they head south or west to the resort areas almost instantly after arriving. Good for the resorts, shops and local business that so heavily rely on the tourism in these areas. However, to experience real Maui history, visitors will need to spend some time exploring the island.
Haleki’i and Pihana Heiaus - Upcountry Maui, Hawaii
Wailuku Town is adjacent to the sprawling town of Kahului. This area of the island is an area of significant historical value. In early times, there were many places of worship (Heiaus) on the island of Maui and two still remain. Halekii (house of images) and Pihana (gathering place of supernatural beings) are among Maui’s most significant archeological sites. These temples were restored in 1958, they are listed on the National and State Registry of Historic Places. On a clear day you can see entire region from central Maui clear across the plains up to Haleakala. The site is located just out of Wailuku heading towards Waihe’e. From Kahului take Hwy 340 west towards Waihe’e, go left on Kuhio Place, and then left on Hea Place. Check with the Hawaii State Parks for visitor information.
Iao Needle - Central Maui, Hawaii
If you get the chance to tour Ioa Valley, one of the most tropical places on Maui, it is well worth the time. Ioa Valley State Park is a short scenic drive from Kahului, nestled in the mountains just above Wailuku and extending all the way up to Puu Kukui, the wettest place in Maui. If fact this may be the wettest place you ever visit as Puu Kukui gets about 330 inches of rain a year. Puu Kukui is the seventh wettest spot in the world after Bellenden Ker in Australia at 340 inches and one of the wettest spots in the islands, after Mount Waialeale on Kauai, which is ranked third in rainfall world wide with an average of 460 inches a year. This lush tropical valley is rich in plant life, exotic tropical plant life that will almost take your breath away. There are various ways to explore the park either by car or on foot. There are several hiking trails, some with more degree of difficulty than others. The easiest hike is a paved 0.6 mile trail that leads you to an amazing view of the island. Clear water pools with scenic waterfalls lie at the floor of this deep valley and a spectacular view of Kahului Harbor awaits you at the ridge top lookout. Maui’s Iao Valley is rich in history. The area was a battle ground during the 18th century and the final resting place of many Hawaiian kings, please be respectful and trek with care. There is no drinking water so bring your own, bring mosquito repellent, a rain coat or plastic and it is always best to go early so you can get a good view of Ioa Needle before the morning clouds set in. The Park is is easily accessible off Highway 32, open daily from 7am to 7pm. There is a $5 parking fee.
Breaching Humpback Whale - Maui, Hawaii
The Humpback whale is the State of Hawai`i's official marine mammal. Humpback whales begin their 6,000-mile annual migration from Southeast Alaska during the fall and generally arrive in Maui Mid November with the majority arriving in January and staying in the shallow warm waters off Maui until March. The whales spend much of their time along the western coastline of Maui near Maalaea Bay, mating, giving birth and nurturing their calves. Maui is more than a tropical paradise and it is no wonder the Humpback whales migrate here each year to winter in the shallow waters of the blue pacific. Whale watching is a top attraction in Maui during the winter months. You can observe the whales from the shoreline or take a guided tour.
Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle - Maui, Hawaii
Located along Maui’s central coast at Maalaea Harbor is the Maui Ocean Center. This state-of-the-art ocean center is the only marine park of it's kind in the entire world, dedicated solely to fostering, understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. Get a glimpse of the largest collection of live coral on display in the entire nation. Here you will see the most unique collection of marine life in all Hawaii that include sharks, eels, lionfish, and Hawaiian green sea turtles just to name a few. A tour of Maui Ocean Center takes about 1½ to 2 hours; however, many visitors stay the entire day. The center provides digital audio guides in English, Spanish, German and Japanese. There are two restaurants and a store located on the grounds. Open Daily 9am - 5pm, check admission.
There’s actually quite a bit to do in Central Maui that most visitors to the island don't know about. For example, when was the last time you laughed till your stomach hurt? If your in for a good night of fun and laughter, be sure to check out the Historic Iao Theater located in Wailuku near Main and Market St. The Iao Theater is actually on the State Register of Historic Places as the oldest theater building in Hawai’i. The Iao Theater was first opened in 1928 and during the 50’s featured such greats as Bob Hope, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra and others. The Iao Theater was placed on National Register of Historic Places in 1995. If you are looking for a good dinner show away from the crowds check it out.
The Art's are big in Hawaii and especially BIG on Maui. The Maui Arts & Cultural Center MACC located in downtown Kahului is host to a variety of ongoing shows and events throughout the year. This is a first class venue that attracts artists from around the world serving more than 260,000 people annually through approximately 1,800 events including major music and theater productions, symphony, ballet, hula, acrobatics, taiko drumming, drama, children’s art, slack key guitar, popular music, storytelling, and more. The MACC is also a venue for the annual Maui Film Festival, a collaboration of filmmakers, artists, motion picture and film industry icons from around the world. They all unite in one place for a week of fun, festivities, film making storytelling and more, right here on the beautiful island of Maui. How about a round of golf, Central Maui has several golf courses. The Waiehu Golf Course, The Dunes At Maui home of the 2011 Maui open, the Pukalani Country Club, the King Kamehameha Golf Club and the Maui Country Club. Tell them CheapHawaii.com sent you!
Go to Upcountry Maui
Upcountry Maui, Hawaii
Upcountry Maui is a place less traveled by most visitors to Maui. Not to be overlooked though, Upcountry is a vast area of fertile land on Maui’s west peninsula extending across her western slope from the eastern most town of Makawao once known as paniolo (cowboy) country to the bordering South Maui community of Ulupalakua. The 18,000 acre estate known as the Ulupalakua Ranch once called the Rose Ranch where Lokelani (the official flower of the island of Maui) rose gardens flourished in abundance is now home to Tedeschi Vineyards, Maui’s only winery. Between the towns of Makawao and Ulupalakua are the town of Pukalani which has its own Maui golf course, Pukalani Country Club and the district of Kula, the area having the driest and perhaps the most desirable all around climate in Upcountry.
Cattle grazing before storm - Upcountry Maui, Hawaii
With new development giving rise to higher land prices and a new generation of Maui sun seekers, Upcountry is a bit more upscale today than in the past. Although Upcountry has transformed over the past 30 or so years from a lifestyle of ranch work where cowboys and cattle co-existed to a modern day country folk laid back way of going, there is still evidence of life the way it once was. There are large privately owned ranches that extend across the hillside from Makawao to the town of Ulupalakua where horses graze on rolling pasture land. There’s an annual July 4 rodeo that takes place in Makawao along with a parade and other festivities that have been a tradition in Upcountry for over 50 years. In the true spirit of aloha, the locals are determined to keep the tradition alive.
Island Ranch - Upcountry Maui, Hawaii
Like all of Maui, Upcountry is an area with it’s own unique characteristics. For example: The small town of Makawao is reminiscent of the past, with old buildings along Makawao and Baldwin Avenues that date to the time of paniolo days. There are no supermarkets, shopping malls or any of the like. Locals here live a somewhat laid back way of life, away from the hotels, resorts and condominiums found on the leeward side of Maui. Traveling south through Makawao the rolling pasture land is almost always green and vibrant due to the fair amount of rain on the windward side of the island. Just west of Makawao is the thriving residential area of Pukalani which does have a shopping center, supermarket and all the amenities you would expect in a residential community.
Horse Ranch - Upcountry Maui, Hawaii
As you head out of town from Makawao or Pukalani on Hwy 37 towards Kula be sure to stop off at Harold Rice Park. The coastal views here unsurpassed anywhere on the island. On a clear day you might see the entire Central Valley Isthmus from north to south with Molokini and Lanai on the horizon. If you are fortunate to travel here during May/June/July while the jacaranda trees in full bloom, that's a bonus. As you reach the Kula district the area is much drier and a bit cooler which provides the ideal climate for agriculture. While Kula is the driest area of Upcountry it’s also the agriculture hub of Maui. Most all of Maui’s produce is grown in the Kula district. The area produces everything from her famous sweet Kula onions to an assortment of delicious fruits and vegetables found in restaurants, resorts and local markets throughout the island.
Beautiful landscape of Upcountry - Maui, Hawaii
Further up the southwestern slope of Mt. Haleakala is the historic Ulupalakua Ranch. The ranch dates back to the mid 1800’s when modern agriculture methods were used to farm sugar cane and other crops. Remnants of the technological era and the machinery built to farm the land are still visible on the ranch today. Today the ranch runs upwards of 2000 head of Brangus and Angus breed cows which produce a select breed of calf well suited to the environmental conditions, most of which are marketed locally. The Ulupalakua Ranch is home to Tedeschi Vineyards, Maui’s only Winery. Visitors to the ranch can enjoy such activities as horseback riding, clay pigeon shooting or sit in for some ranch style cooking at the ranch store and grill. While at the ranch check out the wine tasting room where you’ll discover some of Hawaii’s old history.
Light hits Mt. Haleakala Crater at sunrise - Maui, Hawaii
Perhaps the shear magnitude of the view atop Haleakala Crater which measures some 7½ miles wide, 2½ miles long and 3000ft deep is enough to leave visitors with the sensation that they have traveled to another planet, a place of unknown origin, unlike anywhere else on earth. Truly spectacular, this amazing site can only be described as breathtaking, literally and your view of The Big Island, Hawaii as well as the cinder cone shaped hills that dot the valley floor of Haleakala Crater on a clear day is nothing short of Awesome. There are many ways to journey through this part of the island, either on your own or using a guide. National Park rangers as well as private tour operators provide guided hikes and tours of the Park on a regular basis. Visit the National Park Service for more information.
Go to North Maui
North Shore, Maui
North Shore Maui, Hawaii
Ah.. the North Shore, not just any north shore, Maui’s North Shore. Spectacular scenery, remote beaches, rugged coastlines, wind and winter waves, some of the largest waves in the world are here on the north shore of Maui. In general, North Maui is an area on the north shore of the eastern peninsula between Paia and Huelo, thus when we refer to North Maui this is the area we refer to. Many visitors that come to the north shore are here in search of waves, BIG waves, that break at certain times of the year and under certain conditions. But Maui’s North Shore is more than big waves and winter swells that attract pro surfers, windsurfers, spectators and photographers alike. Maui’s North Shore is a wonderful place to visit year round with lots to see and do for both the adrenaline seekers in search of waves and the visitors for her beauty.
Ho‘okipa Air, North Shore - Maui, Hawaii
Along the eastern peninsulas’ north shore of Haleakala you’ll find beautiful remote beaches, tropical scenery, spectacular waterfalls, rugged, and wild coastline with changing coastal climates, making a day trip to Maui’s beautiful north shore an adventure worth taking. Whether you're here for the waves, a day hike to a remote beach or to take in the scenery, the north shore has it all. For the adrenalin seekers it’s the winter swells that pound Maui’s North Shore from December through March, for the active outdoors persons it’s the hiking to remote beaches, waterfalls and exploring Maui’s natural beauty and for the visitor in search of stunning tropical scenery it’s a scenic drive along her northern coastline that makes Maui’s North Shore such an amazing place to visit.
Getting barreled at the North Shore - Maui, Hawaii
We’ll focus on the small historic north shore town of Paia since it was this once remote village that put the north shore on the map. Paia Town once called Lower Paia is the last town with food and supplies heading east on the Hana Highway before you get to the town of Hana. Back in the late 1800’s Paia was a well established sugar town located about a mile up Baldwin Avenue from where the town is today, and was the largest city in Maui with a thriving population of about 10,000, made up mostly of immigrant workers who worked in the sugar plantations and sugar mill. By the mid 1950’s as the plantation era came to an end the old town of Paia all but vanished. Most of the buildings have been torn down and all that remains are a few buildings, sidewalks and the old sugar mill.
Windsurfer riding a wave, North Shore - Maui, Hawaii
By the mid 1960’s Paia Town began to attract people from all walks of life and the town became a sort of melting pot for anyone seeking peace and tranquility in another corner of the world away from the crowds and city life. Paia became a quiet love haven for "Hippies" in search of a lifestyle reminiscent of the good ole days of the Grateful Dead and the Flower Childs of the late 60’s. Local artists would display their works of art to tourists passing through to Upcountry or heading east to Hana. Soon word got out and Paia became a thriving village for aspiring artists who could be creative, surf and live in a peaceful setting far away from the resorts. By the late 1970’s the north shore secret was out and thrill seekers from all over the world began to descend on this quiet hippie town to match their skills against some of the best waves in the world.
Tucked In, North Shore - Maui, Hawaii
Today Paia is still a thriving beach village with much the same appeal that’s attracted visitors here since the 60’s. The landscape hasn’t changed too much, Paia is still surrounded by sugar cane fields, Mama's Fish House is still serving up the best seafood on Maui and the swells that put Paia on the map still hit this side of the island in winter. The buildings in town are still made of wood, painted with vibrant colors and the local artists still call Paia home. Surfers, windsurfers, photographers and spectators still descend on this quiet little village at any mention of a big storm capable of generating massive swells. What has changed in recent years are the art galleries. The buildings once occupied by local artists are now high end art galleries, some of which are managed offsite.
North Shore - Maui, Hawaii
Paia has become the Art Mecca of Maui for well known artists and their art collecting counterparts, much the same that Laguna Beach is to southern California, attracting art enthusiasts, buyers and big names from all over the world. Following the "New-Wave" of contemporary art are the small chic hotels and fancy farm style restaurants that cater to the tourists, well known celebrities and international art collectors. Paia has evolved into this eclectic little town blending the beauty of the past with todays’ contemporary art scene. No where else on Maui will you find such a diverse small town capable of attracting the attention of institutions like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. What’s amazing is how Paia seems to transform with the changing of time, not skipping a beat along the way.
Go to South Maui
South Maui, Hawaii
South Maui is home to world class golfing, resorts, restaurants and shopping. It’s beautiful beaches stretching from Kihei to Makena with breath taking views of the pacific are unsurpassed. For the most part, weather is sunny and dry on the leeward side of Maui’s Haleakala and many of the beaches from Kihei to Wailea have lifeguards, thus making South Maui a family fun destination year round. Activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing and more. Take a snorkel trip to Molokini, set sail to Lanai and scuba dive, enjoy world class golfing, shop till you drop, scroll along miles of white sandy beaches or just relax. Whether you enjoy the peaceful relaxed atmosphere of a small town like Kihei or you head to Wailea’s luxury resorts for fine restaurant dining and shopping, it’s your preference, your experience and your time to enjoy your Maui vacation, your way.
Happy smiling couple embracing on Maui, Hawaii beach
Kihei is a small coastal community with some nice beaches and hotels just west of Wailea. There are not as many places to stay in Kihei as in other resort communities. There are some nice shops and places to eat. Stella Blues is a favorite spot for fun, food and music. This is a family owned business that has been serving up good home style cooking to the locals and return visitors to Kihei for over 20 years. The atmosphere is somewhat casual with decor reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s. The restaurant was named after the song Stella Blue by the Grateful Dead and in keeping with the era, Tie dye shirts are common attire among the staff. Stella Blues often provides Friday night music by HAPA, the Hawaiian music group who many regard as the hottest group in Hawaii.
Palauea Beach (White Rock Beach) in Wailea - Maui, Hawaii
Luxury is at it’s best from Wailea to Makena. This Southern stretch of sun soaked sandy beaches is neighbored by some of Hawaii’s best golf course’s. If tennis is more to your liking, the Wailea Tennis Club offers court rental. The Wailea Beach Walk is a shoreline trek running 1 1/4 miles along side of Wailea’s luxury hotels. The Grand Wailea is a must stop and see. Have a first class meal at one of it’s fine restaurants and follow it with a stroll through the Grand Wailea’s halls and lobbies to view a $30 million dollar art collection. The water sport lover will be right at home here. Swimming, snorkeling and body surfing in this less traveled area, make it an adventurous journey worth taking. Bring your credit cards, gift shopping here is a adventure all it’s own.
Beautiful Makena Beach - Maui, Hawaii
Take a beautiful relaxing drive on a road less traveled to Makena. At one time, cattle were corralled and shipped from Makena landing to the other islands. Now the Maui Prince Hotel invites guests to partake in it’s hospitality. Continue south for a favorite island sunset at Big Beach, now a state park. Travel 2½ more miles and visit the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve. This 2045 acre preserve is a must see for all naturists, photographers and coastline hikers. La Perouse Bay offers archeological history of Keoneoio, a early village. This natural area is rich sea life such as spinner dolphins and sea turtles. Makena Stables offers trail rides on volcanic slopes, bring your camera. Here is where the asphalt road ends and the adventure begins, hiking boots recommended.
Couple looking out at ocean in South Maui, Hawaii
South Maui is a favorite destination for many visitors to Hawaii. Whether your here for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation or to enjoy any of the many sports and activities offered, south Maui is sure to fulfill your every desire. With miles of white sand beaches to stroll along, a variety hotels, resorts, restaurants, and activities for the entire family there is always something for everyone. With it’s dry sunny climate and all there is to see and do in South Maui, it’s little wander why so many visitors vacation here each year. If you don’t stay at any of South Maui’s hotels, be sure to visit and dine at their first class restaurants. Some are beach side with amazing views of the pacific, and from late November through March humpback whales can be seen breaching off shore.
Spinner Dolphin leaping out of the water - South Maui, Hawaii
Kihei is home to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback National Marine Sanctuary. This educational center has wonderful marine displays and pamphlets on marine life and Hawaiian aquaculture. In addition to providing the perfect place for whale watching whether from land or sea, the sanctuary is also home to a variety of other marine life including Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, fish, and corals. The Sanctuary Education Center in Kihei, Maui is open year-round. Please contact the Hawaiian Islands Humpback National Marine Sanctuary for more information. From this shoreline you can see Lanai and Molokini, both offer boat trips with dive excursions. Kihei’s outdoor Aloha Market is a great place to shop for souvenirs and find something cool to drink.
Go to East Maui
East Maui, Hawaii
The road to Hana is a journey like no other. Some refer to the Hana Highway as the road to heaven; others just call it a wonderful drive along a winding road through lush tropical rain forests with lots of waterfalls, bridges and out of this world scenery. Cross over 54 one-lane bridges, make the bend around 600 hairpin turns and end up in a place where people are laid back, friendly and seem to get on with life in no big hurry. Most will agree that it’s not the destination that makes this an exciting adventure, but rather the journey getting there. Some even refer to the road to Hana as the crown-jewel of Hawaii driving tours. You'll travel along 53 miles of Maui’s scenic ocean cliff highway before arriving in Hana. The drive to Hana takes about 2½ hours from Kahului without stopping, plan an entire day. Below are some waterfall pictures.
WARNING: Hiking anywhere in Hawaii can be hazardous and flash floods are not uncommon. You are responsible for your own safety. Do not underestimate the risk, and always obey all caution signs and warnings from Rangers.
Tropical waterfall - Hana Maui, Hawaii
Makahiku Waterfall at O‘heo Gulch
Upper falls at O‘heo Gulch (aka Seven Sacred Pools) Maui, Hawaii Directions: Take Hwy 31 south from Hana town. O‘heo Gulch is about 12 miles (15 min) past Hana off Highway 31. A parking area is just past Mile Marker #42 on the Makai (ocean) side of the road.
Black Sand Beach Honokalani Wainapanapa Maui, Hawaii In Hana at end of Wai‘anapanapa Road off Hana Highway, 52.8 miles (3 hour drive) east of Kahului Airport - Honokalani Black Sand Beach at the Wainapanapa State Park. This beach is set among lava cliffs and the sand is actually small, smooth, lava pebbles. Wainapanapa State Park, Maui Island, Hawaii.
Pools & waterfalls on Pipiwai Trail, Ohe‘o Gulch - Hana, Maui.
Go to West Maui
West Maui, Hawaii
West Maui extends from Kapalua in the northwest to the historic whaling village of Lahaina along the southwest shoreline of the western peninsula. Kapalua is host to world class golfing and is the location of one of Maui’s most upscale resorts, the Ritz Carlton Kapalua. Just south of Kapalua are the towns of Napili, Kahana, Honokowai and the resort community of Ka‘anapali Beach. Ka‘anapali Beach is one of Maui’s most beautiful beaches with an assortment of hotels, resorts and condominiums. Ka‘anapali is also one of the top places to vacation in Hawaii. Further south is the old whaling port of Lahaina, once the capital of the Hawaiian island kingdom and the seat of government for over a half century. Lahaina’s "Front Street" is popular among visitors to Maui and is chalk full of unique shops, clothing stores, restaurants and art galleries.
Ka‘anapali Beach - West Maui, Hawaii
The weather in Kapalua is slightly cooler and wetter than the communities of Ka‘anapali and Lahaina where the weather is generally mild in the winter with warm tropical summer climate. The west (leeward) side of Maui also receives less annual rainfall than the east (windward) side of the island. Temperatures on this side of Maui remain fairly consistent year around with less climate variation than the windward side. South Maui is slightly dryer than West Maui. With miles of golden and white sand beaches, upscale resorts, oceanfront hotels, condominiums, fine dining, restaurants, shopping, art galleries, entertainment, nightlife, challenging world class golf courses and activities galore, it's little wonder so many visitors return to this paradise in the pacific for their Maui vacation.
Happy 2012 West Maui, Hawaii
If you’re a huge golf enthusiasts and your Maui vacation centers around golf then the Kapalua Resort may be the perfect place to hone your skills at two of Maui’s most exciting and challenging world class golf courses, the Kapalua’s Plantation Course and Bay Course. Kapalua Resort is a world renown resort offering fine dining, shopping, outdoor activities and a 30,000 square-foot Spa and Fitness Center. Simply put, the Kapalua Resort has it all. With all the amenities of a world-class resort you may decide to enjoy your entire stay on Maui without leaving this fabulous 22,000-acre natural paradise. If you decide to explore West Maui, Ka‘anapali is a short drive south of Kapalua and a nice place to shop and enjoy fine dining after a great day of golf or while relaxing on your day off.
Ka‘anapali Beach in the morning - Maui, Hawaii
There are many places to stay in West Maui with accommodations varying according to location, property type and amenities. For the active outdoors persons who plan to spend most of their vacation exploring Maui and prefers to be slightly away from the main tourist areas, Napili or Kahana might be a good place to stay. The resort areas of Napili and Kahana are just past Ka‘anapali before you get to Kapalua, and both offer nice accommodations without the price and amenities of their neighboring resort community of Ka‘anapali. For example: some condominiums in Napili and Kahana do not have daily maid service or air conditioning and they are not within walking distance of shopping or neighboring resort communities. The Aston at Papakea Resort is a condominium located north of Ka‘anapali and offers studios, one, two and three bedroom suites with full kitchens, air conditioning and maid service, but no beach.
Beautiful Maui Hawaii pacific ocean beach scene
Located just south of the Aston at Papakea is the Aston Mahana. The Aston Mahana is slightly north of Ka‘anapali Beach and is one of few condominiums where each condo fronts the ocean. This property is non-smoking and offers the "Aston Kids - Stay, Play & Eat FREE" program, where children ages 12 and under receive FREE activities, meals and merchandise while a guest and when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information about the "Aston Kids - Stay, Play & Eat FREE" program Click Here. The Aston Mahana consistently gets good reviews is within walking distance of Ka‘anapali Beach and whales can often be seen offshore from late November through March. The Aston Mahana does not have a restaurant but there are restaurants within walking distance, making this ocean front condo the ideal property for Family Hawaii Vacations.
Beautiful sunny beach with vibrant waves, West Maui, Hawaii
If you want to be right in the middle of the action then Ka‘anapali Beach might be just the right place for you. There are several nice properties in Ka‘anapali, ranging from mid-priced condominiums to luxury hotels and resorts. Everything is centrally located or within reasonable distance of your hotel. There's shopping, restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and more, all at or near Ka‘anapali Beach, one of the most desirable beaches in Maui. A short drive south is Lahaina. Lahaina is a tourist attraction all in itself. Regardless of where you stay on Maui, chances are good you will visit Lahaina at least once during your stay. Lahaina does have some nice places to stay, and there are several art galleries, shops, restaurants and entertainment for your enjoyment. Lahaina is not known for the golden and white sand beaches of Ka‘anapali and south Maui.
Go to Central Maui