- Hana -- a small isolated town on the rugged eastern coast of Maui. It is well known for its 52 mile scenic drive which connects it to Kahului. The drive can take up to four hours, complete with one lane bridges and hairpin turns. Surrounding the city are lush rainforests, while rolling pastures are prevalent even on Main Street. Hana is home to the historic St. Sophia’s Church as well as beautiful black sand beaches running along the shoreline.
- Haiku -- an iconic example of Maui’s cultural melting pot. Nestled ten miles upcountry past Paia, the township is known for its agricultural aspects and plantations. It consists of little more than a post office, several shops, and quiet suburbs.
- Kahului -- was built in the 1950s by a plantation company, and hailed as a "dream city". It is the commercial hub and transportation center of Maui with the two largest malls, main airport and a deep-water port.
- Kaanapali -- a tourist heavy region on the west coast. Close to Lahaina, this city sports many hotels and festivals to draw in visitors.
- Kapalua -- rests at the foot of the West Maui Mountains and is home to one of the most luxurious resort areas on Maui. The region is comprised of a multitude of clear bays and sandy beaches, which showcase championship golf courses along with numerous boutiques and award-winning restaurants.
- Kihei -- is a renowned tourist destination, featuring condos and beaches on the southwest coast near the volcano, Haleakala.
- Lahaina -- was once a historic whaling village which has been transformed into a cultural center with many art galleries and museums. With various beach and whaling tours, the city has become one of the main tourist attractions on Maui.
- Napili-- a beach town on northwest shore near Kapalua which offers calm waters protected by an offshore reef.
- Paia -- became an important city when sugar mills were built nearby. Since their construction in the late 1800s, immigrants of diverse backgrounds including Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese flocked to the region for work. The beautiful rural area is currently known for its beaches and surfing/windsurfing locations.
- Wailea and Makena -- are master-planned resort areas located just south of Kihei.
- Wailuku -- the northwestern region of Maui, ten minutes from Kahului airport. The city offers as a gateway into the Iao valley, which was once a burial ground for Hawaiian Chiefs. It houses the county seat of Maui’s local government, and is a large commercial center with a variety of unique storefronts.
- Lahaina Town- Not even counting the beaches, Lahaina is the most visited spot in Maui. This is the only town in Maui with an extenuating menu for nightlife activity and where one can find all the action. Lahaina is nestled between the calm waters of the Auau Channel facing the island of Lanai and the verdant peaks and valleys of the West Maui Mountain Ranger. The town is perched on the western edge of Maui and is known as the gateway to the pristine beach resorts of Kapalua and Kaanapali which are located just to the north. Lahaina Town hosts some two million visitors a year. A little more than 9,118 people reside within the town's 5.8 square miles.
- Haleakala National Park - has more endangered species than any other park in the NPS, even including species that are listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service but not native to the park. Isolation of the Hawaiian Islands from any mainland resulted in unique evolution here. There are only two native Hawaiian land mammals, the monk seal and the hoary bat. There are no native land amphibians or reptiles. Whales, turtles, dolphins and seabirds can sometimes be seen off-shore, while an afternoon spent looking for a glimpse of the freshwater inhabitants (shrimp, rock-climbing goby, other fish) can be a cool and rewarding way to spend your time. Haleakala is famous for its endangered silversword plant. Growing where it seems that almost nothing grows, it is a stunning contrast to the stark landscape.
- Iao Valley- A Hawaiian nature center that offers educational programs and hiking tours. The valley center is open daily from 10-4. The Nature Center also features the Interactive Nature Museum where over 30-hands on exhibits can be found about the plants, animals, and natural history of Hawaii can be found. At the top of the ridge, there is a look out that over sees the valley and the Kahului Harbor.
- Wailea Resort- Located in South, Maui Luxury. Nestled comfortably at the base of Haleakala along Maui's southern coast, Wailea is a resort community consisting of luxury hotels, private homes condominiums. Its name translates to "water of Lea." ( Lea is the goddess of Hawaiian canoe makers.) The resort also features an 18-hole golf course that host the annual Wendy's Champions Skins Game with appearances by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson. One could also enjoy tennis, the spa, shopping, and the beautiful beach.
- Road to Hana- A Slice of Maui Heaven- Hana rests at the end of the 50-mile Hana Highway (360) that features 600 hairpin turns and 54 one-lane bridges. Stop often to drink in the sheer natural beauty that surrounds you: waterfalls, bamboo jungles, tropical flowers, tranquil ponds and scenic vistas. Tip: If you are prone to motion sickness, this may not be the activity for you.
Though English is mainly used in Maui, the language of Maui is the same as the entire island of Hawaii. The Hawaii pidgin language originates from Polynesian languages. It is part of an Austronesian language family, which are languages that are widely dispersed through Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Some languages that helped create the Hawaiian pidgin are English, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, and several others. The Hawaiian alphabet consists of 13 characters. There are five vowels and eight consonants (o, i a, e, u; h, k,l,m,n, p, w and apostrophe). An apostrophe I usually used as an Okina, which is more of a glottal stop or a catch in the throat. Learning some pronunciation and words of Hawaii can help tremendously during a visit to Maui:
- a as in the a in far
- e as in the e in the bet
- i like the y in city
- o like the o in sole
- u like the oo in moon
- ai, ae makes the sound eye
- ao like the ow in how
- au like the ou in house
- iu like the ew in few
Some helpful words to know when traveling to Maui are:
- Aloha. (ah-LOH-hah)
- Aloha. (ah-LOH-hah)
- Thank you.
- Mahalo. (mah-HAH-loh
- Kokua. (koh-KOO-ah)
- Lua. (LOO-ah)
Kahului Airport  (IATA: OGG) is the main airport for the island of Maui, and the second largest commercial airport in the state. It is a secondary hub for Hawaiian Airlines, which provides interisland service to Kahului from the other major airports in the state. Several major U.S. airlines also provide non-stop service to Maui from the West Coast and beyond. Kahului airport can be reached non-stop from Anchorage, Calgary, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Hana, Hilo, Honolulu, Hoolehua, Kamuela, Kapalua, Lanai City, Lihue, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Vancouver.
To get to Lahaina and Kaanapali, where most major hotels are located, exit the airport and follow route 380 to its junction with route 30, and turn left on route 30 toward Lahaina. For Kihei and Wailea, follow the above instructions and turn left on route 31 about a mile (1.6 km) from the route 380 junction.
When departing from Kahului Airport for the U.S. Mainland, all baggage must be inspected by Hawaii State Department of Agriculture inspectors at the airport. Be advised that fresh fruits (with the exception of pineapples and treated papayas) are prohibited from leaving the islands to prevent the spread of fruit flies. Remember that this inspection occurs before you get to your gate, so you won't be able to enjoy your last fruit while waiting for your departing flight.
The JHM West Maui Kapalua  airport is a very small airport that is located just north of Lahaina and Kaanapali and on the West side of Maui. This airport is only a few miles south of Kapalua, which is the closest city to this airport. Since this airport is so small, only propeller airplanes are accepted to land. It also does not have any flights in or out after dark because of the lack of lighting on the runway. The airport was named after a pilot, John Henry Magoon, who was the President of Hawaiian Airlines when the airport was opened. The Kapalua airport only flies between itself and the island of Oahu (Honolulu) or the Big Island of Hawaii. Occasionally, does the airport send flights to the island of Lanai. The main airline used for this airport is Mokulele because most of their planes are 1-propeller Cessna aircrafts.
The Hana Airport is an even smaller airport on the east side of Maui and only three miles from the small town of Hana. This airport only allows small single-engine propeller planes fly on or out. Mokolele is a small airline that flies a few flights in and out of Hana. You can only fly to Hana airport from the main Maui airport in Kahului or very rarely from Honolulu.
While Maui has a basic public transportation system , many places are not accessible by bus, and most visitors rent a car. Fortunately, renting a car in Hawaii is relatively inexpensive, except during the holidays. The resort areas around Kihei, Wailea and Lahaina also have a bus that connects the towns with nearby shopping and attractions.
- Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30) is the road to Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua; it runs between West Maui and Wailuku around majestic cliffs and along white sand beaches.
- Hana Highway (Routes 36 and 360), the "road to Hana," traces Maui's north coast from Kahului to the village of Hana on the eastern shore. Winding along steep, forested mountainsides, in many places the road narrows to only a single lane. Although the road to Hana is only 56 miles (90 km) long, it turns and winds so continuously that the whole journey can take up to three hours one-way, especially if there is traffic. However, if you leave early in the morning, the trip can take as little as 90 minutes.
- Haleakala Highway (Routes 37, 377, and 378) is the road that leads to Pukalani and Makawao in upcountry Maui and takes you to the summit of Haleakala.
Be aware that most locals refer to the roads not by number but by name, and will likely not understand if you ask for a road by number. For example you would never hear someone refer to Piilani highway as "route 31" or "highway 31."
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- The majority of car rental agencies are available at Maui's airport. They can be rented cheaper off-airport or through hotels. Popular rental places include Alamo, Hertz, Avis, and Enterprise, aside from other agencies to offer competitive prices.
- To visit Maui tourist destinations, some travelers like taking shuttles around Maui, such as Executive Shuttle, which offers the best prices.
- The public bus is easy to take in Maui and crosses through main towns; the fare is $2.00. There are three free routes for passengers, Kahului, Wailuku Loops, and The Lahaina Village Route. The rural shuttle runs three times a week, where the regular service is seven days a week including holidays. The bus does not allow suitcases.
Haleakala National Park offers alpine wilderness and stunning views of Maui and beyond (from the summit you can see five of the eight main islands, more than are visible from anywhere else in Hawaii). Two entrances, one from Highway 36 and one from Highway 37, go to separate parts of the park.
Wainapanapa State Park  has black sand beach, sea arch, sea caves, a small blowhole to see. In Hana at end of Wai‘anapanapa Road off Hana Highway (Highway 360), 52.8 miles (85 km) (3 hour drive) east of Kahului Airport.
Iao Valley State Monument  brings you on a short trail through greenery, a garden and a stream. You can also climb up on a paved trail to a view of the ocean and Iao Needle. From Kahului go west on ‘Iao Valley Road (Highway 32) through Wailuku to the end of the road. $5 state park parking fee.
- Ohe'o Gulch Kipahulu (the Seven Sacred Pools), . one of the most popular attractions in Maui and part of the Haleakala National Park. This location has a string of pools and waterfalls throughout, with lower pools being easy to access for those who want to jump in. The location also has public restrooms, large parking areas, and camping spaces. editAt last report, 'Ohe'o stream was closed to visitors until further notice. Check with the NPS website before heading out.
- The Hawaii Nature Center, . a non-profit organization, has been providing educational programs on Hawaii's environment since 1981. It is located in Oahu and Maui and offers programs for kids and adults to help encourage visitors to preserve the environment. Adults and children can participate in weekend activities, excursions, and community-based environmental projects. edit
- Maui Tropical Plantation, 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy #1, Wailuku, HI 96793, ☎ (800) 451-6805, . If you get into tropical gardens and fruit, this might be for you. edit
- Maui Ocean Center, 192 Ma'alaea Rd., Wailuku, HI 96793, ☎ (808) 270-7000, . Aquarium, sea animals and the like. edit
There are many trails on Maui including a couple of trails in Iao Valley State Monument  and several in Haleakala National Park. The upper part of Haleakala National Park bears no resemblance to the lower. The crater at the summit, some 19 square miles, draws millions of visitors each year. Hike within it on miles of trails past cinder cones and lava caves or you can stroll from roadside turnouts to sky-high overlooks. The drive to the top is the steepest in the world and along Haleakala's slopes are eight biological zones, designated as an International Biosphere Reserve. and Maui Trailblazer guidebook 
Experience the thrill of surfing around the island. Group classes and private classes are available.
Maui is the world capital of windsurfing due to it's consistently strong trades winds throughout the year. Beginners can get started quickly and easily with lessons from a multitude of windsurf shops located in the Kahului area near the airport.
Canoeing and KayakingEdit
In Hawaii a canoe is an ocean-going outrigger. They also have double hull canoes that are a bit like catamarans. There are canoe clubs that will sometimes take out visitors for a reasonable donation.
Many businesses would be happy to introduce you to kayaking.
- Makena Paddle Tours 
- Kelii's Kayak Tours 
- Maui Eco Tours 
- Maui Kayaks 
- South Pacific Kayaks and Outfitters 
- Tri Paddle Maui 
Jet Skiing and ParasailingEdit
On Kaanapali beach, there are many options for water fun activities like Jet Ski and Parasailing
The following business offers Jet Ski rentals on Kaanapali beach
- Maui Jet Ski 
Parasailing is offered by
- Maui UFO Parasailing 
Most kids above four years of age are allowed for Jet Ski and Parasailing allowing for families to have fun together. Many of these businesses offer photo/video options to capture your adventure
There are many luaus in Maui, which feature Polynesian singing and dancing. Most feature buffet dinners. Here are some of the best known.
- Feast at Lele 
- Grand Luau at Honua'ula 
- Hyatt Luau 
- Old Lahaina Luau 
- Sunset Luau 
There are mountain bike trails in Makawao State Forest.
This can be one of the most affordable activities on Maui.
Some favorite spots include:
- Kahekili Beach Park (also known as Airport Beach) near the Westin Ka'anapali. This spot has a free parking lot with shade trees (get there early; by 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. the parking lot will get full), a covered picnic pavilion with restrooms, and a grassy area next to the beach. There's lots of coral close in to shore, with fish and large sea turtles.
- The cove south of Black Rock near the Sheraton Resort at Kaanapali Beach.
- Hanakao'o Beach north of Lahaina. There are some rocks in front of the lifeguard station. There are lots of fish there and occasionally a turtle.
- "Turtle Town" near the south end of Makena Road in Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve, which is south of Kihei and Wailea. Great variety of coral and fish and occasionally large turtles. Keep driving until you reach a small rustic parking lot on the right that has two outhouses on its left side and a temporary building on its right side. Follow the trail from the ocean side of the parking lot along the water to the left until you get to a small cove with a lava shore and a tiny black sand beach.
- South of Kamaole Beach Park III in Kihei.
- Ulua Beach in Wailea-Makena south of Kihei.
Use caution to decide when and where to snorkel. Educate yourself about riptides and avoid choppy seas, which could bash you against coral or rocks.
Take the road trip on Hwy 36 (Hana Hwy) stopping on the road to see waterfalls, lush greenery and beaches. Some of these are not visible from the road, but most are a relatively short hike off the road. A private arboretum and botanical garden (with an entrance fee) called "Garden of Eden" around the 10-mile marker has peacocks, bamboo gardens and view of Puohokamoa Falls. The round-trip will be difficult to complete in one day, so stay over in Hana to break it into two days. Wainapanapa State Park, 2 miles (3 km) east of Hana, has cabins to offer. There are other private nicer places to stay, also in and around Hana.
The Road to Hana is something that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Keep in mind that some of the locals from Hana make the long commute to work in Kahului each day. If you see a local vehicle approaching from behind, pull over and let them pass. By the same token, locals' familiarity with the route can lead them to cut across corners (even blind corners) swerving back into their lane at the last minute, so take corners slowly and watch for oncoming traffic that may have encroached upon your lane. Also, don't trespass! If you respect the land and the people, you'll find open arms and acceptance.
Note that it is possible to drive all the way around the island by continuing past Hana instead of going back the way you came. Rental car companies strongly discourage this and state that the rental car contract is voided if you drive there. The road itself is one lane and paved virtually the entire way (not all of the road is paved as of 9/24/12) although in some places the asphalt can be patched and rough, requiring road speeds of 10 mph or less to avoid damaging a normal car's suspension. Off-road vehicles and Jeeps will find it fairly easy going. The area is very beautiful, with soaring cliffs and views over the sea and glimpses of the nearby Big Island on the horizon, but it is dry, desolate and remote, with little traffic, no services, and unreliable cell phone service.
Visit Lanai or MolokaiEdit
- Whalewatching with Pacific Whale Foundation, From Lahaina and Maalaea Harbors, ☎ 808-249-8811, . Thousands of humpback whales migrate to Hawaii's warm ocean waters each winter. The majority of the whales are found off the coast of Maui. You can see whales from late November through mid-May, but the peak of the season is in February and March. The nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation offers 16 whalewatch cruises each day during the winter season, each one staffed by a team of certified marine naturalists. You are guaranteed to see whales or you go again free. All the profits go towards Pacific Whale Foundation's ocean research, education and conservation programs. From $19.95 for a 2-hr cruise, kids under 6 free. edit
As soon as you land in Kahului Airport you’ll notice shops lining the second level of building. Places like Pineapple County which offer a variety of clothing options, Maui Divers Jewelry Shop, and Starbucks stretch out along the sides of the corridor. While there are many unique knickknacks, trinkets, and food to spark an interest, beware of the tourist trap that is an American airport, many stores augment prices to lure passengers right off of the plane. However, As one would expect from a tourist mecca like Maui, there are even more shopping hot spots once you begin your exploration of Maui. ABC Stores can be found all over Maui and the other Hawaiian Islands offer souvenirs and beach supplies (such as sunscreen and straw mats) at potentially lower prices than tourist traps. Lahaina is a good place to "walk the shops". Maui is also home to a plethora of flower farms like the tropical flower and protea farm, Maui Floral, located in Makawao, about 20 min from Kahului airport off route 37. Kaanapali has Whaler's Village Shops and Restaurants, home to lots of stores and restaurants, including plenty of high-end merchandise such as Coach and Tiffany. Paia is a small artist and aging hippie colony with a reasonable and varied mix of shops and galleries worth your time, as well as restaurants. It is located just before Mama's Fish House Restaurant. A nice open air mall can be found in the Wailea luxury area, and on the way you can stop by Kihea at one of two flea market type shopping areas.
Fresh produce is widely available at road side stands. Banana bread, coconut candy, smoothies and seasonal fruit are all highlights of a drive around Maui.
There are very few bars and nightclubs on the Island seeings how this is not really part of the Hawaiian culture. However, Most restaurants, if not all, on the Island serve drinks. If you do not see a bar you particularly like, check out one of the many restaurants in the Eat section.
- Paniolo Lounge. Hotel Hana Maui. Open till 10pm for cocktails and serving pupu's till 9pm nightly. $5-$15. edit
Before choosing an accommodation, consider where you would like to spend your time. There are many cities on Maui near different attractions. Also consider whether a hotel, resort, condominium or bed-and-breakfast best match your style and budget.
While quite rare, as of 2017, there are a few cases of rat lungworm disease on Maui and the Big Island. This is an extremely serious parasitic disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, and can be fatal. Despite the name, very few, if any, victims acquire the disease directly from rats. Most often, it's food poisoning from uncooked or under-cooked snails, slugs, crabs, shrimp, or frogs. If you have a taste for these types of foods, make certain they are properly cooked.
To get from Maui to the other Hawaiian Islands usually involves a short plane flight. If you want to go to Honolulu you will find frequent non-stop service. Most other destinations offer a couple of non-stop flights a day or a stop in, you got it, Honolulu.
Ferries run 5 times a day between Lahaina and the island of Lanai. Each way takes approximately 45 minutes, and costs $25 per person per direction. During high winds the boat ride can be particularly rough, so bring something for seasickness if you don't do well on boats. Cruise ships are also an interesting option.
When leaving Maui for the U.S. Mainland, all baggage must be inspected by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors at the airport. Be advised that fresh fruits (with the exception of pineapples and treated papayas) are prohibited from leaving the islands to prevent the spread of fruit flies. Consult the U.S. Department of Agriculture  for more details. Bags are inspected by X-ray. At Kahului Airport, be prepared to submit to three checkpoints on the way to your Mainland flight: having your checked bags X-rayed for agricultural items in the ticket lobby, the TSA security checkpoint, and inspection of your carry-on baggage for agricultural items on the way to your gate. Boop
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