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Secret Things to Do and Really Enjoy on Maui, Hawaii

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Lela lived and worked at Maui Memorial Hospital for about three years. She loved living in Hawaii!

Protea Flower

Maui Protea Flower

Maui Protea Flower

Maui Photos

One of the most enjoyable things to do on Maui is take photos of things you've never seen. Or take photos of things that you've seen before, but they were never this beautiful!

Visit the Protea flower farm in upcountry Maui on your way up to or down from Haleakala. It's near the town of Kula on the Haleakala Highway. Don't miss it!

If you want to buy some of the flowers, do it on the way back from the crater as you will have so much to do up on top that you may forget your flowers!

Maui

Haleakala Crater - House of the Sun

Well everyone that goes to Maui goes up to Haleakala Crater. Mostly for the sunrise ritual. And really, this may be the most incredible thing to do on Maui. Just remember... There's More!

Sunrise is cold so bring many blankets from your hotel to wrap up in. Just don't forget to take them back. The best photo I ever got on Maui was of a young woman wrapped in a golden blanket. She is watching the rising sun and the shadows make impressive lines in the photo.

After watching the sunrise, go hiking down into the crater. It's for people in shape only. Hiking the crater is arduous. Bring lots of water, a good backpack and plan to spend the whole day. Bring your own food, there is none available in the crater. Don't step on the Nene's or the Silverswords. Bring out what you take in!

Another good sunrise follow up is the bicycle tour down the mountain. Book this early in your trip as you will still be on Mainland time and it won't seem dreadful at all to get up at 2 a.m. to begin your tour! It's worth it. Definitely.

Haleakala Sunrise

The Woman in Yellow

The Woman in Yellow

The Valley Isle - Iao Valley

Probably my favorite place to go on Maui. Iao Valley is where I was married. There is some kind of special peaceful feeling here. Some find it disturbing because of the huge battle that was fought here between the King of Maui and the King of Hawaii (the big island). They say the stream ran red with the blood of thousands. But I think they are at peace.

A lot of people get married here. There is a small park that you will see before you get to the main site. The park incorporates all of the nationalities that live together on Maui, the Japanese, the Hawaiians, the Polynesians, the Chinese, and others.

My husband and I met on a blind date on Maui and have been together ever since. He's a Yankee, I'm a Texan. We got married on an Irish holiday (Valentine's Day) in a Japanese Garden with Christmas flowers in bloom (Poinsettias). The Judge that married us was a Mormon. Well, that's how Maui is - very mixed in culture!

Do visit the Eye of the Needle as it's called. Don't forget to look for Lincoln's face in the rock cliffs along the way. Hint: He's sleeping.

The Old Lahaina Luau

After visiting and shopping your heart out in Lahaina, Maui, head on over to The Old Lahaina Luau! It's the best show on the island!

Get your photo taken. You will treasure this one forever.

Lahaina has the best shopping on Maui. They've built a huge complex right off of the main road. There is a very nice movie theater located in the center of town across from the harbor.

Don't miss the big banyan tree in the park. And there is even a famous jail right around the corner. The street name is Prison Street.

Lots of art to see, even huge murals painted by local artists. Lahaina is probably the most visited town on the island of Maui.

What to do on Maui

A Top 10 List of the Other Great Things to do on Maui:

  1. Drive the Hana Highway - Stop and buy Coconut treats!
  2. Visit the Pineapple Plantation - Watch the demos!
  3. Visit Long's Drug Store - the Hawaiian Walgreens
  4. Get a hiking book from Amazon and hike the incredible nature trails!
  5. Eat at Makawao - anywhere in this town has awesome food
  6. Visit the nude beach at Big Beach - Ask the locals
  7. Maui has 5 of the top 10 beaches anywhere in the world - Try Wailua (my fav)
  8. Try parasailing, windsurfing, and scuba diving!
  9. Get a chocolate truffle thingy at Haile-Maile General Store (hunt for it)
  10. Check out the tourist sales booths for more great ideas like whale watching!

Vacation Plans

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Lela

Comments

ShamontielLVaughn on February 07, 2014:

Nice! I didn't go to the sunrise location. The four-hour time difference threw me all the way off. I was always up and ready to roll way too early and tired by mid-evening. Ah well, I still had a blast.

alohaspirit on August 17, 2012:

Haha heard that

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 17, 2012:

I wish I could go back. These Texas summers are killing me.

AlohaSpirit from Texas on August 17, 2012:

I'd have to agree on the special feeling at Iao. I climbed to the summit of one of the trails, I believe it was the one by the top of the visitor's lookout point once you reach the top of the steps. The breeze was incredible, very majestic can't wait to go back

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 07, 2012:

I miss Maui. If I were rich I would live there again. Thank you for adding this information and for the kind words.

toknowinfo on August 07, 2012:

I love Maui. I have been there twice and each time was a unique experience. I have done some of the things you suggested and some not on your list. There is so much to do , it is an amazing place, but it changed from the difference in years between going there. Maui also has one of the most notable places to snorkel. We saw sea turtles and I ended up joining a school of fish, and swimming with them which was so cool. My kids pet a sea urchin that a someone picked up and put back in the ocean. We saw a baby whale while we were on a boat, and the whale put on a show for us, until the mama whale stopped him. There is also an amazing aquarium, and I could go on and on. This is a great hub. Thanks for sharing.

Rick Jonesie on May 28, 2010:

If your thinking about Maui, don't hesitate! We loved it. We stayed in Kaanapali first and now this next vacation its gonna be Kehei. I drove our rental car around and had the most relaxed driving experience ever. Not like at home! Everyone was nice. Don't go without trying the scuba trips, awesome even in shallow water! Mahalo and enjoy. PS: Use tripAdvisor for reviews and renter's photo's. Byyeeeee.

lauralolita from Florida on April 23, 2010:

The other nice feature about many of the things you mentioned is that they would either be free or cheap, perfect for vacationers on a budget! Thanks for the great ideas!

Bail Up ! on February 14, 2010:

I vacationed in Maui for a couple of weeks. Not nearly enough time to see all I wanted. I'll just have to go back, soon! Nice ideas, thanks.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on December 21, 2009:

I lived on Maui for over two years. I still felt like a tourist and I miss the land. I get especially nostalgic around Christmas because we would go to the beach, face the mainland and laugh as we played in the surf!