Located on the Cameron Way in Kahului, McCoy Studio Theater is the flexible theater of Maui Arts & Cultural Center. This theater has a maximum seating capacity for 300 spectators, however, the stage and the seating arrangement can easily be adjusted to suit the requirements of the events. Events like dramas, dance, concerts, comedy shows, opera and film screenings are held here throughout the year. Some of the best musicians like George Kahumoku, Jr. and Ledward Ka‘apana have performed on its stage, making it a major venue on the island to watch live music. Call or visit their website to know more.
One of the most prominent nature preserves, Haleakala National Park was established to protect the unique craggy wilderness of Maui in the year 1961. Home to a virtually never-ending variety of natural wonders, the national park's uneven 33,265 acre-lands (13,462 hectares) shelter intricate networks of craters that pass through the mystical Kipahulu Valley, much of which is closed to tourists. The Kipahulu region is one of the park's most ecologically-rich areas that are home to more than 31 different species of Tardigrade colonies that populate most of Haleakala's eastern shores. The Haleakala Observatory offers the best views of the park's serene surroundings through a 12.04-feet (3.67-meter) advanced electro-optical lens.
Art critics call this the best cultural art gallery in the islands. It features furniture made out of extinct wood that has been helicoptered out of Haleakala Crater and paintings by artists who have not exhibited in any gallery for 25 years or more. Visitors will also find feather art composed of 10,000 feathers that were gathered from captive birds as they molted, then hand-washed, dyed and strung one by one on a framework.
The first sight of Ho'okipa is likely to make a visitor pull the car over and stare. From the vantage point of the highway or the parking lot, one can appreciate the spectacle: a seemingly endless expanse of deep blue water, white rock and crashing waves. This beach has been called the windsurfing capital of the world and is popular with daredevil surfers as well. However, it is not recommended that you swim here; the surf is as perilous as it is beautiful, and sharp coral reefs lurk below the waves.
With its seemingly endless expanse of golden sand beach and perfect bodysurfing waves, the Makena State Park is a must-see. Big Beach is the number one spot for sunbathing and swimming. Little Beach, a five-minute hike up and over rocks, is a world-famous nude beach. The surrounding environs are perfect for a hike that offers splendid views of the deep blue ocean
An interactive museum with touch and feel displays, video exhibits on flat-screen televisions, live demonstrations, exhibits and artifacts that grace its newly varnished walls, this museum endeavors to keep alive the rich culture and bonhomie that is native to the Aloha State, Hawaii! There are precious curios and other symbols of the native tribe that once ruled the islands. Be sure to visit the Lahaina Visitor's Center and the gift shop, both within this facility. The place has an ancient charm that could bewitch the unsuspecting.
Known as the 'Valley Isle' for the lush vales etched between its towering volcanoes, the island of Maui is unlike any other. Verdant jungles sprawl across the landscape and meet the sparkling sea edged by sandy beaches. Flowers bloom in riotous color and their fragrance lingers well into the night, when stars litter the sky like so many fragments of sea glass. Here on the island of Maui, relaxation is a way of life - not simply a goal or idea. Visitors to the second largest Hawaiian island can indulge in walks along the beach, delicious seafood, and the pampering of a lifetime at one of the island's many spas. The more adventurous can explore the numerous hiking trails that wind through the jungle, clamber past lava flows, soar through the treetops on a zipline, barrel through waves on a surfboard, or dive to the depths of the crystalline ocean where awaits a forest of corals. There are also museums, fine dining, golf courses and some stellar beachfront resorts. Maui is a paradisiacal island that never ceases to astound.
Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery is an eco-friendly distillery that produces premium quality vodka. The sugarcane comes from its onsite farm which blends with mineral water from the deep sea to create this popular brand. It is touted to be the only vodka that is made from organic sugarcane. The drink is gluten-free and as close to nature as possible. Tour the facility and relax in the martini garden where you can sip a few strong cocktails amidst strawberries, pineapple and local flora.
Located near the 2500-foot level on the slopes of Haleakala, this neighborhood park and community center is one of the more peaceful on the island. It is an easy spot to find on the upslope side along the Kula Highway. The park offers plenty of shade, a picnic pavilion, tables and a shaded playground. A softball backstop and a community kitchenette are also on-site. The park is used regularly by community groups, sports teams and area residents. There are two small parking lots and restrooms. Open during daylight hours only, this park has a serene, upcountry atmosphere in a quiet setting that offers respite from the tropical heat. It's a fun spot where families can play and picnic. -Lottie Tagupa
Guide Randy shares a wealth of natural history, geological and botanical lore, and island folklore while leading hikers through Maui's magnificent wilderness. Several half-day and full-day hikes are offered, many to areas not usually visited by tourists. The "easy" three-mile Haleakala Waterfall Hike is appropriate for children. Several treks in the West Maui Mountains explore more remote, rugged, rainforest terrain. Snacks and minimal gear is included in tour prices. Discounts are available; check out the website for more information.