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Plan Your Trip to Maui: Best of Maui Tourism

About Maui
Lush rainforests, black-sand beaches, waterfalls cascading into deep-blue lagoons—Maui is a place where nature really shows off. Wake up early to catch the sunrise on Haleakalā, then stay to explore hiking trails and otherworldly volcanic formations at Haleakalā National Park. Take a drive on the winding Road to Hana to discover untouched beaches (with unbelievable coastal views along the way), or hop on a boat and go whale-watching or snorkelling. If you’re looking for something more low-key, pick up a plate lunch or some fish tacos and spend a do-nothing day at Ka'anapali Beach, then check out the cliff-diving ceremony at sunset. Go big on adventure, or kick back on a quiet shore—it’s up to you, and we’ve got more recs below.

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How to soak in all the arts and culture in Maui

We know you come to Maui for the beaches, but you can't leave without checking out the island's vibrant arts and culture scene. "Aunty Wendy" Tuivaioge, a native Hawaiian and Director of Hawaiian Programmes for the Four Seasons at Wailea, gave us the inside scoop on the best spots and events to soak in authentic Hawaiian art, artifacts, and history.
Jo Piazza, Philadelphia, PA
  • Hale Hoʻikeʻike at the Bailey House
    This museum in Wailuku looks like an ordinary house, but inside, it contains one of the most extensive collections of art and artifacts on the islands. "I love this museum for pre-contact Hawaiian Artifacts and the abundance of Maui historical pieces on display," Wendy says. Artifacts include utensils, tools, and weapons used by native people, including a wooden statue of the Hawaiian demi-god, Kamapua'a, the only one to survive the 19th-century purge of religious items.
  • Maui Arts & Cultural Center
    According to Wendy, this spot is the "ideal choice for locally inspired shows, concerts, and arts." Several weekly shows feature world-famous acts, but half of the programming includes local musicians, dancers, and actors. The website is regularly updated with new listings. Many of the programmes are free, including the Starry Night Cinema "walk-in" films for families on a giant outdoor screen and ArT=Mixx interactive social events that bring together artists and the audience for interactive shows.
  • Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center
    This professional gallery space located on a gorgeous estate of botanical gardens showcases both emerging and established local artists. It also offers art workshops led by locals. You can easily take a self-guided tour (there is a guidebook available for purchase for $6) of the grounds during business hours from 9 am-4 pm, and you won't want to miss their gift shop for truly unique souvenirs made by Maui artists.
  • Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
    This is hula like you never imagined. This programme invites guests for a sneak peek into one of the state's top competitive hula groups, Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua. Led by Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher) Kamaka Kūkona, the hālau's (hula school) practice offers a unique opportunity to experience this particular facet of Hawaiian culture as they practice for the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world's largest hula gathering and most prestigious competition.
  • Hana Cultural Center
    This humble building on the Road to Hana is part museum, part cultural archive where Hana residents can make appointments to go through local records and discover their history, and visitors can view ancient artifacts, including quilts, poi boards, fishing instruments, and stone tools. The onsite old Hana courthouse is still in use today. Call ahead to make sure they are open. The museum closed during COVID-19 and now keeps intermittent hours.

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