While one could not say that all roads lead to this museum, it could certainly seem that way to Maui drivers. Located at one of the largest intersections on Maui, it is adjacent to Maui's main sugar factory. The pungent aroma of sugar cane permeates the air for miles. The museum provides visitors with extensive information on the history of the sugar industry, as well as details about its cultivation and production. Many exhibits are interactive, making use of modern effects. There is a gift shop on-site if you wish to buy few things for your loved ones.
Master magician Warren Gibson has earned rave reviews from guests around the United States. Now Warren, together with the ghostly piano player Annabelle, is enchanting audiences nightly in downtown Lahaina. The key elements of this spectacular night are delicious Pacific Rim cuisine, a tableside opening act, a comfortably elegant ambiance and, of course, some world-class magic.
Regarded as one of Hawaii's best luaus, this West Maui spectacle has been featured in National Geographic Traveler and many other publications. It recently moved to a new, larger location, which is modeled after an old-fashioned village and specially designed to showcase the ancient arts featured onstage. Entertainment includes musical presentations, hula dances, craft demonstrations and more. A lavish buffet featuring roasted pork is accompanied by tropical drinks. Check out the website for more information.
In the early days of Hawaii's Western colonization, trains were used to haul sugar cane from one spot to the other. Eventually, more modern forms of transportation became popular, and today almost nothing can be seen of the original Hawaiian railroads. However, the tracks between Lahaina and Ka'anapali are still functional, and the cherry-red Sugar Cane Train still travels them regularly. A dinner ride is available during the week; check out the website or contact Sugar Cane Train for more information.
Historic Front Street is the main drag in Lahaina, West Maui. It runs along the shoreline, overlooking the ocean. The buildings along the road are reminiscent of Disneyland's Main Street, with colorful wooden buildings perched atop the sandy beach. You can find almost anything you would want or need here. Looking for jewelry? Original Maui Divers is your best bet. Souvenir junkies would do well to browse the super-sized Hilo Hattie's for a unique trinket. Art galleries are prevalent here, and at Simon-Jon Gallery you can purchase some island flair to brighten up your home. For shopping with a more sophisticated air, 505 Front Street is on a quieter stretch of Front Street, and home to many upscale boutiques and acclaimed restaurants. A stroll along Front Street is a pleasant way to spend the day in between catching sun and waves.
It is hard to imagine a more dramatic spectacle than the active Kilauea Volcano. Now visitors to Maui can take this company's helicopter tour over to the Big Island to view the volcano. Tours depart from Kapalua, West Maui Airport and Kahului, Maui. The heli-tour also passes over Maunakea, Hilo and Hana. This is a fantastic way to view a few of Hawaii's most amazing attractions within a two-hour period. Charters are also available. It is recommended that you book tours a few days in advance. Call for pricing information.
Combine a snorkel cruise with a trip to Molokini and a detour at nearby Turtle Town (home of the sea turtles), and you have got an irresistible excursion. This company only takes small groups and is operated by a Coast Guard Captain with almost 20 years of experience; he and his crew take pride in their ecological awareness. The Seafire is new to South Maui, and is highly recommended by tour guides if you are staying in Kihei or Wailea. Call for prices and to make reservations.
View the natural wonders of Maui from above. The state-of-the-art Black Beauties can get passengers amazingly close to waterfalls, cliffs, craters and other stunning landmarks. Two popular tours are the West Maui Deluxe Tour, which flies over the West Maui Mountains, Lahaina and Ka'anapali, and the Hana/Haleakala Special, which visits the Haleakala Crater, Hana and Ho'okipa Beach. A horseback-helicopter combination tour is offered; call for more information.
This beloved landmark in the center of Wailuku Town is much improved after a 1995 facelift. In its 70-year history, the theater has won the hearts and support of island residents, many of whom participate in the low-budget productions. This is the home of the Maui Community Theater, a popular amateur theater company that puts on three to four plays and musicals each year. Under the directorship of local actor Doug McBride, the company has presented such favorites as Odd Couple and Blite Spirit, as well as locally written productions.
This gallery-studio is owned by and features the work of two glassblowers with distinctive styles—Chris Lowry and Christopher Richards. Items available here include vases, sea-forms and platters. Though the duo exhibits their wares in other studios as well, their latest creations can be easily procured here. Some of the work is truly incredible—check the website for samples.