Maui: Things To Do and Places To Go

Things to do on the island of Maui

Whether your interests center in nature, spirituality, history, wine-making, or something else, Maui has a lot to offer. From the eastern side of the island with its funky health food stores and metaphysical stores, to the Lahaina/western side with its tall hotels and beaches that stretch for miles... It's all there awaiting your discovery.

Alexander & Baldwin Museum:

Pu’unene Ave. and Hansen Rd., in Pu’unene.

Artifacts about Maui’s sugar industry, scale models of the original Alexander & Baldwin sugar mill, exhibits about the sugar-making process.

Open 9:30-4:30 Mon.-Sat. Admission: $3.00 adults, $1.50 children. (808) 871-8058.

Atlantis Submarine Museum:

505 Front St., Lahaina.

Old photographs and drawings, exhibits of underwater technology, from early times to present day. Open daily, 8-6; free. (808) 667-6604.

Bailey House Museum:

2375-A Main St., Wailuku.

Home of missionary Edward Bailey, built 1833 to 1850. Museum of Hawaiian and missionary history.

Open 10am-4.30pm, Mon. Fri. Admission: $3.00 adults, $1.00 children. (808) 244-3326.

Baldwin HomeBaldwin Home:

Front St. and Dickenson St., Lahaina.

Former home of missionary Dwight Baldwin, built in 1838. Museum filled with original furnishings and photographs.

Open daily, 9-4.30. Admission: $3.00. (808) 661-3262.

Brig - Carthaginian II:

Anchored in the Lahaina Harbor in Lahaina.

Replica of the 19th-century ship that brought the first missionaries to the islands. Museum with exhibits on whales and whaling.

Hours: 9-4:30 daily. Admission $3.00. (808) 661-3262.

Hale Pa’ahao

Hale Pa'ahao: Lahaina Prison:

Prison St. and Waine’e St., in Lahaina.

Old stone jail  built in 1854.

Open daily, 9-5. Free.

Haleakala National Park:

Haleakala Hwy. to Hwy. 377 to Haleakala Crater Rd.

Visitors Center with exhibits on the geology and history of Haleakala, a 27,000-acre park, and Mt. Haleakala, the largest dormant volcano in the world.

Admission: $4.00 per car, buses & hikers $2.00 per person. (808) 572-7749.

Hana Cultural Center:

Uakea Rd., Hana.

Museum with Hawaiian artifacts, including quilts, bowls, and historic photographs.

Open daily, 10-4. Suggested donation: $2.00. (808) 248-8622.

Helani Gardens:

Hana Hwy., Hana.

70-acre drive through botanical garden with Hawaiian plants, flowers and fruit trees.

Open 10-4 daily. Admission: $2.00 per person. (808) 248-8274.

Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center:

Baldwin Ave in Makawao.

Formerly the home of Henry and Ethel Baldwin and built in 1917. Features art shows, workshops, and classes.

Gallery hours: 10-4, Tues.-Sun. (808) 572-6560.

Iao Valley Park & Iao Needle:

End of lao Valley Rd., 3 miles west of Wailuku.

The Iao Needle is a 1,200-foot, moss-covered stone spire, which is one of the most photographed sights in Maui.

Jodo Mission:

Ala Moana St. in Lahaina.

Features large bronze Buddha statue commemorating the arrival of the first Japanese imigrants to Hawaii, in 1868.

Ka’ahumanu ChurchKa’ahumanu Church:

Main St. and High St. in Wailuku.

Built in 1837 and named for Queen Ka’ahumanu, one of Maui’s first converts to Christianity.

Offers Hawaiian services on Sundays.

Kahanu GardensKahanu Gardens:

Hana Hwy. to Ulaino Rd., 3 miles north of Hana.

Part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. 126-acres. Visitor center offering guidebooks for self-guided tours.

Open 10am-2pm, Tues.-Sat. Admission: $5.00 adults, children free.

Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens:

lao Valley Rd., west of  Wailuku.

Features art and architecture from Hawaii’s cultural diversity. Included is a Hawaiian grass hut, Chinese, Filipino and Korean dwellings, a Japanese pagoda, a Portuguese villa, and a New England salt-box.

Open daily.

Ke’anae Arboretum:

Hana Hwy. 18 miles northwest of Hana.

Indigenous Hawaiian plants and trees, as well as introduced and cultivated trees & plants. Representation of Hawaiian rainforest. Self-guided trails.

Open daily. Free.

Kula Botanical Gardens:

Kekaulike Rd. (377) in Kula.

Features Hawaiian flowers, plants, trees, and orchids.

Open 9am-4pm daily. Admission: $3.00 adults, 50¢ children. (808) 878-1715.

Maui Enchanting Gardens:

Kula Highway (37) in Kula.

8-acre botanical garden with tropical plants and native fruit trees.

Hours: 9-5 daily. Admission: $3.50 adults 1.50 children. (808) 878-2531.

Maui Tropical Plantation:

Honoapi’ilani Hwy. 3 miles south of Wailuku.

Well known  tourist attraction featuring mango, guava, papaya, banana, macadamia nut, coffee and pineapple and sugarcane. Restaurant and a locally-grown produce market.

Open 8-5 daily. Free. Tour: $8.00 adults; $3.00 children.

Maui Zoological Gardens:

Kanaloa Ave. in Wailuku.

Features a small zoo, and a botanical garden.

Open daily. Free.

Old Courthouse:

Old Courthouse LahainaBanyan Tree Square, in Lahaina.

Built in 1857, including a jail. Now home of two art galleries.

Open during business hours.


Palapala Ho’omau Church:

Pi’ilani Hwy., 12 miles southwest of Hana, in Kipahulu.

This historic church, built in 1857, overlooks the ocean. Adjacent cemetery contains the grave of Charles A. Lindbergh.

Pioneer Inn:

Front St. and Hotel St., Lahaina.

Historic 48-room inn overlooking Lahaina Harbor. Built in 1901, it includes antique whaling equipment and 19th century photographs.

(808) 661-3636.

Seven Sacred Pools:

Pi’ilani Hwy., 10 miles S. of Hana.

Features natural pools, and hiking along the Oheo Stream.

Tedeschi Vineyards:

Tedeschi VineyardsKula Hwy. 9 miles south of Kula, at Ulupalakua.

Hawaii’s only winery. Established in 1973,  it produces four different grape wines and a pineapple wine. Wine tasting.

Open daily, 9-5; tours every 1/2 hr., 9:30am-2:30pm. (808) 878-6058.

Tropical Gardens of Maui:

Iao Valley Rd., in Wailuku.

Botanical gardens, with native Hawaiian plants, and plants introduced to Hawaii.

Open 9-5 daily; admission: $4.00 adults, $2.00 children. (808) 244-3085.

Wailoa Church & Cemetery:

Waine’e St., Lahaina.

Built in 1823, destroyed and rebuilt several times. Hawaiian royalty and early missionaries are buried here.

Wailua Falls:

Hana Hwy. 7 miles south of Hana.

Picturesque, 95-foot waterfalls, seen from the roadside.

Whalers Village Museum:

2435 Ka’anapali Pkwy., Ka’anapali.

Exhibits and artifacts about Maui’s whaling era. Displays on whale biology and different uses.

Open daily, 9.30 a.m.-10 p.m. Free.

Wo Hing Museum:

Wo Hing Society Temple

Front St. in Lahaina.

Historic Chinese temple. Built in 1812 as a meeting hall for the Chinese in Hawaii. Museum with Chinese artifacts and exhibits, Taoist shrine, and a theater which features old 1898 films of Hawaii by Thomas Edison.

Open daily 9-4. (808) 661-3262.

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