Three Places for Return Visitors to Maui to See and Experience
No one can truly say they’ve “been everywhere and done everything” in Hawaii. No one.
That’s because, in the Hawaiian Islands, even the most iconic, popular and well-traveled spots reveal unexpected finds and rewarding surprises along the route to get there.
Hawaii’s six major islands – Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii Island – provide travelers with infinite possibilities for unexpected exploration beyond places and locales generally considered iconic to the Islands. And neither residents nor repeat visitors can claim they’ve exhausted every one of these possibilities. Here are three places for return visitors to Maui to see and experience:
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: the summit of Maui’s Haleakala volcano for sunrise, along with the hundreds of others converging each day, to watch the rise of the morning sun illuminate the peak’s radiant, rust-colored cinder …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the 10,023-foot summit area’s 30 miles of Haleakala National Park hiking trails, offering opportunities for hours-long (Keoneheehee “Sliding Sands” Trail), day-length (Halemauu Trail) and overnight (Kaupo Trail) treks in myriad environments, from high-elevation native shrub forests and cinder desert, to dense tropical rainforest. Further downslope, stroll through Hosmer Grove, where the towering non-native trees of a 1927 exercise in experimental timber industry and watershed forestation borders and contrasts native trees, ferns and shrubs of Haleakala’s 7,000-foot elevation.
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: Iao Valley State Monument, the extraordinarily verdant West Maui Mountains erosional valley, home to the towering, vegetation-covered, stream-cut lava pinnacle Kukaemoku (more famously known as Iao Needle) …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: one (or two, or three) of the many low-key, big-menu local eateries in neighboring Wailuku, ever-popular and ever-filled with residents drawn to their mouthwatering comfort food favorites. For starters, check out Tiffany’s Bar & Grill, Sam Sato’s, Tokyo Tei, Stillwell’s Bakery & Café, Geste Shrimp Truck and, when you’re hungry again, lots more.
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: West Maui, gazed out from Lahaina’s Front Street seawall or sat on the beaches at Kaanapali, Napili and Kapalua and wondered why you’ve never been to those two islands across the channel …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the islands of Lanai and Molokai on a day trip from Lahaina Harbor. Take off early in the morning on Expeditions’ Maui-Lanai ferry or Sea Link of Hawaii’s Maui-Molokai Ferry and return after a full day of adventuring. On Lanai, rent a Jeep for paved (Hulopoe Beach) or unpaved (Polihua Beach, Kaiolohia aka “Shipwreck Beach”) or a cool, upland forest run on the evergreen Munro Trail. Head to Molokai and spend your morning in small town Kaunakakai, followed by an afternoon on one of Hawaii’s longest white sand expanses, Papohaku Beach. Or spend the day at one of the Hawaiian Islands’ most remote, and wonderfully scenic peninsulas at historic Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
Written by Siera Duiser: Siera Duiser is a travel agent with Destinations in Hawaii. She loves helping plan incredible vacations at no cost to you. Contact Siera to book your next vacation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-771-1290. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.