Activities on Maui
Viewing spectacular sunrises and sunsets from Haleakala summit is a “not to be missed” activity in Maui. Designated as a National Park in 1961 Haleakala meaning “House of the Sun” is a massive shield volcano rising 10,000 feet above the sea
level. With over 30,000 acres to explore, this park is a fantastic place for camping, hiking, biking, and stargazing. The park is also home to some endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else on earth. Such a worthwhile experience requires some planning
and below are few tips.
Vehicles entering the summit between 3 am and 7 am require advance reservations. The one day $1.50 sunrise reservation can be made up to 60 days in advance. Please note the park entrance fee is separate and payable on the day of the visit.
You can visit the website to make reservations or call the reservation line at 1-877-444-6777.
number of last-minute tickets are released online two days beforehand at 4 pm HST
Arrive early to get a good spot and depending on where you are coming from allow up to 2 hours to drive Haleakala highway and winding Haleakala
Bring warm clothes- even though it is Hawaii the summit gets very cold and it’s typically 30 degrees colder than sea level.
Not an early riser? Sunset at Haleakala is just as breathtaking. Give yourself some time to enjoy driving up the summit and experience the quiet transformation from day to dusk.
Maui Friday Town Parties
If it’s a Friday in Maui, there’s a party going on! Maui Friday Town Parties happen every Aloha Friday. Each week they highlight one of Maui’s historic small towns and feature unique, local business. With each town’s personality on display, they
create an authentic atmosphere, with great food, free music, and local vendors. Both residents and visitors alike enjoy a special night of Maui culture among friendly faces. http://mauifridays.com/
Farmers Market of Maui
Start your Maui farm-to-table adventures at one of these popular spots.
Farmers Market of Maui-Kihei
Mondays, Tuesdays, 8am to 4pm
Suda Store parking lot on South Kihei Road
Maui Mall Farmers Market & Craft Fair
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7am to 4pm
Maui Swap Meet
Saturdays, 6am to 1pm
University of Hawaii, Maui College (lot near Kahului Beach Road)
Coldwell Banker Island Vacations Staff Picks
Some of Our Favorite Local Beaches
Ulua Beach is one of the beaches within the Wailea Resort area on Maui's south shore. The sandy beach is located between two rocky points in front of Wailea Elua Village condos.
With easy entry to the water and lots of sand it’s a great place for beginners. During calm days, the snorkeling and diving here is excellent. There are many colorful corals and fish. Ulua means "adult crevalle fish" in the Hawaiian
language. Wonderful beach for tanning and relaxing as well and you’ll find shade at both ends of the beach.
DIRECTIONS: View Ulua Beach Map
White Rock (Palauea) Beach
Located off Makena Road in South Maui this lovely, wide, uncrowded and lesser-known beach offers excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Since Palauea is a recessed bay, it does not get as windy as other south Maui beaches. Boogie
boarding is also decent during south swells and perfect for kiddies or beginners when seas are calm. The sandy bottom entry is sloped gently for swimming and playing.
Please note during Kona storms or large swells the ocean here can become unsafe with rip currents.
DIRECTIONS: View White Rock Beach Map
Charley Young Beach
This sheltered 3-mile park at the end north end of Kamaole I Beach in Kihei is where you can dig your toes into abundant soft sand and enjoy protection from the wind.
The beach is named after the owner of the property leading to the beach. Charley would lay out a hose for beach goers to wash the sand from their feet and greet them to and from the beach.
Good for swimming though not great for snorkeling and there are rocks at the shoreline to be aware of it is one of the
prettiest spots on the island and a great spot for fishing and spectacular sunset photos.
DIRECTIONS: View Charley Young Beach Map
Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach)
This iconic, stunning beach located on the southwest shores of Maui is considered one of the best beaches on island. One of the island’s largest beaches with 1.5 miles of golden sand stretching as wide as 100 feet in places. Swim
or snorkel in the pristine water, picnic in the shade or simply sunbathe. Nestled between two black lava outcroppings, Makena offers protection from the trade winds.
Please note the shore break here can be extremely dangerous, and the water is not suitable for children or inexperienced swimmers.
DIRECTIONS: View Big Beach Map
Farm-to-table eatery & bar for Hawaiian fare & vast beer & cocktail list has a slick, casual space.
Chef driven concept is led by the classically trained, award winning chef, Peter Merriman. Peter is a culinary pioneer and one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. He has always been inspired by the people and products
around him and this spirit has lead the movement to look at food in Hawaii in a new light. Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman embraces this passion! Each item on the menu demonstrates our commitment to craft and showcases high quality, socially conscious ingredients,
creative preparations, and perfect execution. Our dedication to craft also extends to our beverage program. Our 36 beers on tap are the coldest on Maui and are all handcrafted. You can also enjoy one of our culinary cocktails, made with fresh ingredients and
lots of Aloha. At Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, you can enjoy Peter's Hawaii Regional Cuisine in a fun, casual environment and come to know what it means to be "Lucky Live Hawaii"!
Quaint trattoria with an airy patio offering modern Italian fare & an extensive wine selection.
Matteo’s Osteria is Italian Soul food in the heart of Wailea located at The Wailea Town Center. As the 2016 ‘Aipono Award winners for Best Italian Food on Maui, we invite you to savor our healthy, locally-sourced, homemade pastas,
pizzette and entrées. Our traditional style comes from the influence of award-winning Best Chef on Maui, Matteo Mistura, born and raised in Liguria, Italy. If you enjoy a truly unique family style dining experience, we ask you to come for our friendly, attentive
staff and tour the world through a glass of wine with the largest wine selection by the glass in the State of Hawaii.
Murals adorn the warm interiors at this Greek-Italian eatery featuring fish caught by the owner.
Pita Paradise Wailea is a chic bistro featuring rustic Greek and Italian cuisine & owner caught fresh fish. This restaurant brings in fresh local produce from Maui's farms and locally caught fresh fish from Hawaiian waters that
create bursting flavors from the Mediterranean. The lunch menu is compilation of the chef's creation of appetizers, salads, pita sandwiches, and kabobs. The dinner menu features rustic Italian & Greek pasta's and specialty dishes. Don't forget to order the
world-famous Baklava ice cream Cake for dessert!
Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods
Store for organic produce, groceries, supplements & beauty items, with a deli, buffet & salad bar.
Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods was established in 1994 as the first full service natural food store in the Kihei/Wailea area. From the beginning, promoting healthy food, good fitness and a sustainable lifestyle has been, and is,
the goal of Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods.
Open-air, counter-serve bar/eatery with locally sourced recipes, plus live music & nightly specials.
One of Kihei's newest restaurant options, Nalu's was instantly popular from the day it opened. Located in the Azeka Shopping Center in the heart of central Kihei, Nalu's serves up island fare in a casual, open-air setting. The
ahi club sandwich is arguably one of the best lunch meals in Kihei, and much of the produce is sourced locally along with the fish and beef. Also offering some craft beers on tap, kombucha, and live music nightly, this spot has made a splash in a part of town
that needed it.
Happy Hour at Four Seasons
Pair handcrafted cocktails with island pupus (appetizers) as you take in the Pacific Ocean at the laid-back lounge at Four Seasons Maui.
Sexy and swanky, the Lobby Lounge features live music each night—it's just what you’d expect from a bar inside the Four Seasons. Stop by for the evening hula shows beginning at 5:30 p.m. and stay for food and specialty cocktails
such as the Maui Elite, made with 100-year-aged Rémy Martin Louis XIII.
Paia Fish Market
Casual stop with a nautical theme & picnic tables for seafood, plate lunches & fish burgers.
Contemporary delicatessen known for take-out specialty sandwiches, salads & breakfast items.
Coconut’s Fish Café
Easygoing outpost serving Hawaiian fish in tacos, sandwiches, plates & pasta, with beer & wine.
Hawaiian chain is a go-to for mahi mahi, shellfish & sushi served in a simple, casual space.
Casual stop with pink & peach walls serving a menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas & Italian entrees.
Sarento’s on the Beach
Oceanside eatery is an open-air, white-tablecloth spot for pastas, wine, tiki torches & views.
BYOB eatery offering a mix of Latin & Asian recipes in a cozy dining room with white tablecloths.
Maui Thai Bistro
A mix of classic & contemporary dishes share the menu at this casual Thai bistro with a bar.