Steeped in ancient culture, outdoor adventure and fresh cuisine, this Hawaiian island truly offers something for everyone. And, above all, the aloha spirit—warmth, friendliness and sincerity—will charm you. Whatever you’re after, Maui delivers.
Where to stay
For island yogis: Lumeria Maui
Tucked away in the Upcountry region, Lumeria Maui is a wellness retreat that includes daily yoga classes as well as activities like hula dancing, meditation and sound therapy. Guest rooms feature organic linens and bath products, and the on-site restaurant offers farm-to-table meals, accommodating all diets.
For families: Napili Kai Beach Resort
Families will feel right at home at Napili Kai Beach Resort. The resort caters to children with its free seasonal keiki (Hawaiian for kids) camp, keiki eat free program and keiki hula show. Napili Bay’s outer reefs protect the sandy beach from ocean swells, creating gentle waves your little ones can splash in.
For shoppers: Hyatt Regency Maui
A short beachside walk from shopping mecca Whalers Village, the Hyatt Regency Maui in Lahaina houses a number of boutique shops like Maui Hands, featuring artwork by local artists. The 40-acre oceanfront property includes a spa, 10 restaurants and lounges, and multiple pools, including one just for kids.
For culture cravers: Westin Nanea Ocean Villas
Located near the site of an ancient fishing village, the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas pays homage to its heritage through design elements such as ceiling woodwork representing a hina’i (a fishing basket). The resort houses the Pu’uhonua o Nanea Cultural Center where lei making, ukulele, hula dance and more is taught.
What to do
For island yogis: Take a class at Maya Yoga studio
Yoga studios dot the island, and classes can also be found at many resorts. Of note is the Maya Yoga studio on the North Shore—founded by master yoga teachers Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini—which offers a wide variety of classes for all skill levels amid a backdrop of lush tropical jungle.
For families: Go paddling with 808 Boards or visit the Maui Ocean Center
Partake in some family bonding with a surfing or paddleboarding lesson. 808 Boards offers gear rentals and lessons on Maui’s west coast, including in Napili Bay. Or, if you prefer to stay dry, the Maui Ocean Center showcases a breathtaking living reef, featuring displays of live rare and endemic Pacific corals.
For shoppers: Visit Whalers Village and the Outlets of Maui
Whalers Village is an open-air mall chockablock with high-end brands—Louis Vuitton and Kate Spade—and Hawaiian chains like Honolulu Cookie Company and Maui Divers Jewelry. Nearby, historic Lahaina’s Front Street boardwalk boasts an eclectic mix of shops and the Outlets of Maui shopping centre.
For culture cravers: Try outrigger canoeing with Maui Paddle Sports
Try your hand at outrigger canoeing, a proud display of Hawaiian culture and athleticism. The outrigger was an essential mode of transportation between the islands for centuries. The guides at Maui Paddle Sports will help you propel the 400-pound canoe through the ocean with ease.
Where to Eat
For island yogis: Upcountry Farmers Market and Maui Nui Farm Farmers’ Market
Visit one of the island’s many farmers’ markets. Sample lilikoi (passion fruit) butter, husked coconut and Maui-grown coffee at the Upcountry Farmers Market (2) (Saturday mornings in Pukalani), or shop for fresh produce and flowers at the Maui Nui Farm Farmers’ Market (Thursday through Sunday in Kula).
For families: Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop
Just off the Honoapiilani Highway (about 20 minutes outside Lahaina), Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop is an island institution. Locals flock here for the mouth-watering burgers and divine savoury and sweet pies—think macnut choc and banana cream—which are sure to satisfy every family member’s palate.
For shoppers: Whalers Village food court
Take a lunch break at Joey’s Kitchen with its delicious Filipino fusion fare in Whalers Village food court—order the pork adobo and ahi poke. For dessert, pop into Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, with locations at the Hyatt and on Front Street, and try the No Ka Oi, a combination of coconut, mango and lilikoi.
For culture cravers: Old Lahaina Luau
Attend a luau for traditional Hawaiian cuisine. At Old Lahaina Luau, try Pua’a Kalua, a whole pig roasted in an imu (an underground oven) or lomi-lomi salmon and poi (boiled and mashed taro root). Wash it down with a Mai Tai as you watch the impressive hula dancing.
Three Hawaiian Road Trips to Take
On your next Hawaiian island getaway, rent a car and explore the sites nearby. Drive Chain of Craters Road through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, stop at Waimea Canyon along Kokee Road on Kauai or see the beautiful beaches of the North Shore on Oahu.
Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Maui With Daily Happy Hour Deals
Maui’s “Aloha hour” (happy hour) offers delicious deals on food and tropical drinks and is often paired with live music and a front-row seat to the island’s breathtaking sunsets. Here are some of the best kid-friendly restaurants for happy hour deals, from elegant five-star resorts to casual beachfront eateries.