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    Lahaina

    4.5
    67 reviews

    Lahaina reminds me of Monterey Cannery Row. Former small fishing town now converted to a tourist town with museums, eateries, crafts shops, little inns, yet still full of history and life. Take a lively stroll along the streets, stop at a shop to check out local craft, sip a mai tai at one of the ocean view restaurants, and watch ...

  • 2

    Hana

    4.5
    47 reviews

    Ok, let's start with the obvious: The road to Hana is a stomach-jarring, three-hour teeth-rattler. If driving makes you tired, your only option is to camp or spend the night at the local pricey hotel. If it doesn't, you're in for some of the best hiking on the island. The trail up the mountain above the "seven sacred pools" (there ...

  • 3

    Makawao

    4.5
    12 reviews

    This quiet little town was our hometown for five nights. Good location to discover the island from here.

  • 4

    Wailea

    4.5
    22 reviews

    One of the most expensive places I have ever visited

  • 5

    Paia

    4.5
    29 reviews

    Paia is the most fun, colorful, and eclectic town on Maui! While a few name brand retaisl stores have moved in, most businesses are one of a kind. I love to sit at Cafe Des Amis's outdoor dining room and watch all of the people stroll by. Then I love to hit my favorite stores including Tamara Catz, LeTarte, and ...

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  • 6

    Kihei

    4.5
    42 reviews

    Southern Maui has some of the best beaches! It's a nice drive down down the south west coast to Kamaole Beaches. You can snorkel and swim, and spot some sea turtles in the ocean. Some of the best resorts on the island are located in Kihei.

  • 7

    Kula

    4.5
    14 reviews

    Kula is a town on the slopes of Haleakala. It is pretty, with nice views of the island, but not something I would go out of my way to visit when on Maui - its mostly residential.

  • 8

    Wailuku

    5
    4 reviews

    Wailuku First Fridays!

  • 9

    Kahului

    4.5
    7 reviews

    Kahului is "town" to locals. Office max, old navy, sports authority and other non-tourist shops and restaurants.

  • 10

    Makena

    5
    7 reviews

    Big Beach is so long it has 3 entrances. Most go to the first. There are restrooms here and lifeguards. When the waves are high its not recommended for young or poor swimmers but its fun to watch bodyboarders perform. The beach is a long crescent that sparkles. To the north is a cliff which offers great views.

  • 11

    Kapalua

    4.5
    15 reviews

    Personally - this is my favorite resort area on Maui. Many people like Wailea better. Good for you. I love the classic white sand beaches and relaxed luxury feel of Kapalua's West Maui strip. Wailea on the East side has more of a honeymooners meet Paris Hilton vibe - its a little too LA for my tastes but trust me ...

  • 12

    Haiku

    4.5
    7 reviews

    I lived in Haiku when I was on the island. Its not much of a town - probably not worth a visit if you are here for a week. But its a nice community in the beginnings of the jungly part of the island.

  • 13

    Maalaea

    4.5
    2 reviews

    Most snorkel, whalewatch and fishing boats leave from this harbor. Lots of restaurants also.

  • 14

    Ka'anapali

    4.5
    15 reviews

    It's a commercial crowded beach, but at least the jet-skiing and parasailing are confined to Ka'anapali. It's still a beautiful beach, especially at sunset.

  • 15

    Honokowai

    4.5
    2 reviews

    I think the beach park in Honokowai is the best beach to bring kids to. You have the beach and the sea bed creates small cliffs a few feet out which creates a barrier from the crashing waves and a safe "pool" where kids can play without you worrying they might be washed away. Besides this great feature though, it ...

  • 16

    Puunene

    3
    1 review

    Outside the Sugar Cane Museum on Maui. (Of course it's outside--you wouldn't want a Golden Shower inside.)

  • 17

    Pukalani

    4
    2 reviews

    great golf Course!

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