Secluded Red Sand Beach near Hana
The curvy road to Hana
Black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park
View from Waihee Ridge Trail toward the ocean
Hiking on Pipiwai Trail in Haleakala National Park
At Valley Isle, enjoy shimmering seas and simple pleasures
On Maui’s north shore, watch windsurfers at Hookipa Beach. In the south, Makena Beach, also known as Big Beach, beckons with a long, wide shoreline. Kaanapali Beach on the west side is popular with tourists and families; its golden sands are walkable, resort-accessible and close to shopping and dining. Speaking of colorful beaches, head to Maui’s east side to see the black-sand beach at Waianapanapa, the red sands at Kaihalulu Beach and the gray beach at Hamoa.
Top Photo Stops
You’ll need all three days of your admission ticket to spectacular Haleakala National Park. Capture a painted sunrise at Haleakala Visitor Center, then hike or drive to the top of Maui’s highest peak. The Pipiwai Trail has photo stops at a massive banyan tree, an eerie bamboo forest, and Makahiku and Waimoku Falls. Don’t miss the tiered falls at the Pools of Oheo and the otherworldly Haleakala Crater. In central Maui at Iao Valley State Park, photograph the 366-meter Iao Needle, site of a historic 1790 battle. Don’t miss the dramatic scenery and challenging hairpin turns along the iconic Hana Highway.
Great Dining, Shopping and Nightlife
In the town of Makawao, grab a doughnut-on-a-stick at a bakery, check out the art scene and look for Hawaiian cowboys known as “paniolo.” The historic town of Paia offers quirky shops influenced by hippies and surfers. Enjoy a pastry or deli dish from popular Mana Foods. Pick up a one-of-a-kind Hawaiian painting at Laura Mango’s roadside art gallery on the Hana Highway. Food-truck aficionados can’t miss the crispy calamari, coconut shrimp and rice in Kihei. After dark, head to Lahaina to sip a pint at Maui Brewing Company and stroll the bars on lively Front Street.