Maui

Maui no ka oi.  This is a phrase you'll see plastered all over visitor publications, pamphlets and advertisements about Maui.  It translates to "Maui indeed is the best."  It's a bold statement, and we'll let you decide how true it is.

The second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is shaped like a peanut.  Haleakala National Park claims a good chunk of the middle of East Maui--the larger side of the peanut.  The Road to Hana winds its way along the lush coastline on the north shore, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of 21st century--and even electricity.  Any goes here, and everything grows here.  On the sunny south shore, nitty-gritty Kihei is giving way to posh Wailea for tourism.

West Maui is characterized by a more arid landscape, pineapples and the one-time capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom--historic Lahaina.  Humpback whales are plentiful here in winter.  Further west, the resort-rich strip of Kaanapali attracts a multitude of visitors, as does Kapalua.  If it's golf you're after, this is heaven.

The island of Maui is named after a demi-god--and trickster--of the same name.  Among his many exploits, Maui is known for slowing down the sun and extending daylight hours.  We like that.  He was also known to be quite the braggert, and just maybe it was he who coined the phrase Maui no ka oi.

Arts & Local Culture

Taro patch in Keanae, Maui

Discover a Lahaina luau, meet a taro farmer, learn about a Hawaiian sacred site and more.
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Beaches

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People-watching. Big waves. Bodysurfing. Remote. Red sand. Maui offers a beach for just about anyone and any mood.
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Food & Drink

Artful appetizers served up at Chai's Bistro in Honolulu, Hawaii

Fine dining. Casual restaurants. Burgers. Deli. Sushi. Farmers Markets. Organic fruit farms. Are you hungry yet?
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Hiking & Land Activities

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Known for sunrise bicycling down Haleakala and the Road to Hana. Plenty more activities: Hiking, ziplining and golf, of course.
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Music & Entertainment

Daniel Ho on ukulele and Kawika Kahiapo on guitar at Kani Ka Pila Grille in Waikiki

Sure, you can find a darn good luau on Maui. But a magic act? And a Cirque de Soleil-inspired show? Who knew?
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Romance & Honeymoons

Close up of honeymoon couple on Waikiki Beach holding hands

Set sail on a dinner cruise. Toast the sunset with champagne. Picnic on the beach. No wonder honeymooners fall in love with Maui.
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Sightseeing & Shopping

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Make your list: Historical Lahaina, Road to Hana, Haleakala, Kihei, Kaanapali, Iao Needle and pineapple, pineapple, pineapple.
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Snorkeling & Water Adventures

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Want to see a puffer fish or sea turtle? Maui offers beachside snorkeling, off-shore trips to Molokini. Even a day trip to Lanai.
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Spa & Massage

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Maui's spas blend local ingredients and practices for truly original spa experiences for girlfriends and couples, too.
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Featured Articles

  • Zipping Across Maui's Treetops

    Destination: Maui     Article Source: Outrigger

    woman ziplining at Kapalua, Maui, HawaiiI’d signed up for the Upper Mountain Loop Adventure at Kapalua Adventures in West Maui.  It included crossing the highest and longest suspension and five parallel ziplines. The longest zipline was 2,300 feet in length; the shortest 800. All ziplines “sky-surfed” across valleys a couple hundred feet above the ground.

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  • The Honey Makers

    Destination: Maui   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Islands of Outrigger

    Ono Organic Farms tropical preserves and honey jarsLocal chefs, bakers and other purveyors of edibles are unanimous: Hawaiian honey is unbeatable. The two most abundant types on Maui are Macadamia Nut Blossom—“a briary bouquet and, not surprisingly, more nutty taste,” says David Maggenheim of Makawao’s Market Fresh Bistro, and Christmas Berry, which is “lighter in color and flavor, with more floral flavor profile and nose.”

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  • Up on Maui's Strawberry Mountain

    Destination: Maui   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Islands of Outrigger

    Strawberries are like kids and should be allowed time and space to grow, according to Joel Gil of Coca Farms in Kula on Maui. He manages the growth of his camarosas, a variety of strawberry favored locally and on the mainland, by watering them infrequently. "If you water them too much, they grow too quickly," he explains, which is why some strawberries have hollow cores, a watery texture, and less flavor.

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  • Humpback Whales: The Not So Gentle Giants of the Sea

    Destination: Maui    

    Hawaiian humpback whale breaching off MauiAt 7:30 one March morning, the sun glinted off the ocean like a field of diamonds. Three minutes outside the Lahaina Harbor off Maui, Captain Karl of Maui Adventure Cruises nosed the boat northwest.  He had already spotted our first humpback whales of the morning.  Thar she blows.

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  • Ono Farms Delivers on Organic

    Destination: Maui     Article Source: Outrigger

    Ono Organic Farms tropical preserves and honey jarsThirty-five years ago, Chuck and Lili Boerner left Honolulu for remote Kipahulu on East Maui to start a family-run, organic farm at a time when most farmers were selling their land and moving to town. “It’s actually staggering for us to even comprehend. I hardly remember doing it. You just do it because you love it,” said Lili.

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  • Voluntourism: A New Way to Travel

    Destination: Maui    

    white hibiscus, native hawaii plant, close upMy husband and I are on Maui celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We’ve planned the usual romantic activities for such an event, but we’ve also decided to try something different on this vacation.  Seems like we're not the only ones who have discovered it.  They call it "voluntourism," and it's a wonderful way to experience Hawaii.

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  • Discover Genuine Experiences

    Destination: Maui   Article Type: Feature Stories   Article Source: Outrigger

    Chance and circumstance can either open or close doors.  But I’ve found that for those who are willing to slow down, keep their minds open and listen for opportunity, then good fortune provides the occasional amazing discovery...the open door.

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  • Beyond the Road to Hana

    Destination: Maui     Article Source: Outrigger

    Taro patch in Keanae, MauiAfter the fifty-two serpentine miles of cliff-side road that cross 54 one-lane bridges and maneuver 600 hairpin curves. After dozens of scenic vistas, bamboo jungles, fruit stands, waterfalls and sacred heiau, sites. Only then do you enter Hana.

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