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
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.
Queen Ka'ahumanu Center is the island’s premiere shopping and entertainment destination. The home of Maui’s only department stores, Sears and Macy's, plus more than 100 shops and restaurants, from cool island-style boutiques to such national names as American Eagle Outfitters, Pacific Sunwear, Foot Locker and Borders Express. It's the place where Maui folks and Maui visitors get going with a gourmet cappuccino, savor fabulous cuisine at Ruby’s Diner or Koho Grill & Bar, or chow down on fun international fare in the Queen’s Market Food Court. And it's where you can enjoy hot Hawaiian music on the Queen’s Stage, and treat yourselves to an ice-cream and a movie. So join them for some real local aloha.Steppingstone Playhouse, home of Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA)is located on the second floor near the Macy's home department.
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.
Located just past Mile Marker 10 on the road to Hana (Highway 36) are the verdant tropical gardens where the opening sequence of "Jurassic Park" was filmed. The 26-acre (10.52 hectare) park, designed by Alan Bradbury with the aim of restoring the area's natural ecosystem, contains 500+ trees, plants and flowers native to the Pacific islands. Stroll along Maui's best nature trails and enjoy a leisurely lunch in a lush picnic area. This is a great activity for nature lovers and families with children.
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.
Known as the world's most important whale habitat, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is spread over 1,400 square miles. This center is a great place that relates humans to the marine world. With a great place for recreation and also an education center, this place was best used for fishing, whale watching, parasailing, etc. It also features a great exhibit of marine life and conducts several programs and lectures. It also offers a marine science library.
If eco-adventures appeal to you, this paddle and snorkel tour is just your speed. Local guides lead a few people into the open seas of South Maui or West Maui for several hours of snorkeling, kayaking and sightseeing. The kayak tours take place in the waters off Makena, La Perouse or on the other side of the island, just off the pali (cliffs). The tours last anywhere from two and a-half to four hours and include snacks and soft drinks. Call or check out the website for prices and reservations.
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This is not your average snorkel cruise. It offers you the opportunity to see the Kanaio Coast and some of the most amazing natural scenery on the island. Lava arches, sea caves, turtles, dolphins and other undersea life are all a part of these half-day tours. The Kanaio tour visits pristine coves and bays, as well as volcanic formations and excellent snorkeling. Molokini tours steer clear of heavily touristed areas, seeking out pristine waters and unique views. Tours depart from the Kihei boat ramp. Tour packages include all equipment, drinks and lunch. Call for reservations and other details.
This dive company has been a part of the Maui diving community for more than ten years and, during that time, has consistently made customer satisfaction a priority. The goal is that every dive lives up to customers' expectations. To that end, divemasters are prepared to meet every reasonable request. More than 20 dive sites are available through Ed Robinson's, so customers do not have repeat experiences (unless they so choose, of course). Certification courses and private charters are also offered.