• Cindi Villard

Hawaii: Is The Magical Island of Maui the adventure for you?

Updated: Oct 5, 2018

Have you been enticed with the beauty and charm of Hawaii?

Attempting to see which island fits your travel style can be very time consuming!

We've taken an in-depth voyage through each of the Hawaiian islands to give you a taste of some of the enchantment that each has to offer for your different travel tastes. "The Gathering Isle" and "The Garden Isle" we've got covered, now discover why they call Maui "The Magic Isle."

Maui's Red Sand Beach by Keith Garland on Flickr

MAUI - The Magic Isle

Formed by two volcanoes, the west Maui Mountains and eastern Maui's Haleakala, Maui's landscape will leave you stunned with its vast beauty.

As you wind through farmlands, rain forests that sprawl from the ocean to the mountain tops, and the 120 miles of coast line that make up some of the most incredible beaches you've ever seen, be sure to take your time and leave some extra room in your schedule for your wanderlust heart to roam free.

Although Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, only about a tenth of the state's population actually lives on this island, giving you plenty of space to get lost in your own adventure and not see a soul.

History and Culture

If it is history and culture you want, you will find each island loaded with charm, culture and the history of their specific island. One of the greatest places to experience Hawaiian history is the old Capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Lahaina. A nice half day trip from Kahului, front street will take you on journey from Maui's haunting past to the peaceful, tranquil island we know today.

Another nice day trip from Kahului and history walk through Maui with an added bonus of some serene beauty is the Iao Valley State Park. Here you can take in the incredible beauty of the valley and walk through the story of King Kamehaneha and the Maui army, with a story that dates back to the 1700s and a culture that has been here long before that has seemed to have lived here forever.

Explore some of the most well maintained and preserved temples in all of Hawaii at the Kahanu Gardens where you will find an entire temple system including the famous Pi' ilanihale Heiau. There are roughly 120 "known" temple sites all across the island so if it is a treasure hunt of history and ancient Hawaiian artifacts you are looking for, look no further.

The Bailey House Museum located in Wailuku is the largest and oldest museum in Maui filled with Pre-European artifacts, Hawaiian art, a chance to see how the islanders lived in the early 19th century, and the last know wooden Demi God statue on the island that was hidden in a cave for more than a century.

Hana and its lush tropical appeal were favored by ancient Hawaiian Royalty not only from Maui but the Big Island as well. There is so much history and culture available in Hana we recommend taking a guided tour from a local.

Cultural Highlights

  • Lahaina

  • Iao Valley State Park

  • Kahanu Gardens

  • The Bailey House Museum

  • Hana

To experience the ancient culture mixed with the new aloha culture of Hana, you must first experience an epic adventure to get there.

Adventures and Beaches in Maui

If you have a challenge with twists and hairpin turns on one-way roads, say 600 turns in 5 hours, you may want to think twice about driving The Road to Hana. This Hawaiian gem is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful drives on the planet with ocean vistas, epic surf spots and ridiculous panoramic views. Don't just drive the road, live it. Experience every pull of heart and stay a night and really experience the quiet magical coast of Maui.

While in Hana experience the unique One'uli Black Sand Beach in Waianapanapa State Park. This incredible park offers inconceivable natural formations from stone arches and blowholes made from lava formations to Anchialine pools and tunnels in the lava caves for swimming adventures. The King's Trail completed in the 1500's is an interesting archaeological stroll and only some of it remains, leaving a mystical feel as you stroll along this 500-year old trail.

Another must see experience while visiting Hana may not be easy to find but will be well worth the effort, is the Kailalulu Red Sand Beach. This calm cove is protected by cliffs that make this water perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Hit the rocks if you are brave enough to cliff jump with the locals. Do be warned there are not any..."rules" on this beach if you catch my drift, don't say I didn't warn you.

*Local secret~ At the fruit stand near the Red Beach ask about the local "Open Mic Night" and dinner which is sure to be a highlight from your entire trip.

View an unfathomable sunrise from the top of a volcano crater, then enjoy a scenic morning bike ride down the Haleakala Crater. Follow up your amazing bike ride with an afternoon scenic zip line tour with Skyline Hawaii. Maui's volcanic craters are a must even if you are not a morning person or a bike rider. The summit of Haleakala has hikes ranging from short ten-minute hikes to multi-day backpacking trips, it cannot be stressed enough how fragile and delicate this land is. PLEASE LEAVE NO TRACE!

Haleakala State Park
Haleakala Crater By MH Anderson Photography via Shutterstock

Looking for more hikes with amazing 360-degree views? Lanilili Peak which means "small heaven" is a nice 1500' vertical gain in 2 and a half miles and affords one of the best views of the island. Be prepared for a mud and even ponder taking trekking poles or spikes with you for the slippery hike down from the peak.

After all that hiking a nice day on the beach sounds perfect. Venture to Makena State Park and enjoy one of the last untouched beaches in Hawaii; Big Beach or Oneloa Beach as it's known to the locals. This beautiful white sand beach is almost 100 yards wide and remains undeveloped. This beach has steep drops into the ocean and is known for big waves for surfers, but definitely take caution to the warnings at this beach.

Scuba divers take note of the abundant sea life and vibrant tropical reefs while diving Maui's Molokini Crater. In between the island of Maui and Kaho'olawe is this cresent shaped tiny island tip of the crater. The islet in addition to amazing visibility up to 150' and water depths from a foot to 20-50' for scuba diving and snorkeling, Molokini is also a Hawai'i State Seabird Sanctuary. Be sure to ask a local or myself about the Hawaiian legend between Pele, the fire goddess and her jealousy for the beautiful woman Molokini.

The infamous Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are known to frequent one of the most acclaimed water sport beaches on the planet. For incredible views and multiple water sport activities depending on season, as well as a place to truly blend in with the locals and their family traditions, go to Ho'okipa Beach Park. Prepare to stay at least half the day here enjoying one of the best beaches in the world.

Adventure Highlights Beach Highlights

  • The Road to Hana * One'uli Black Sand Beach

  • Waianapanapa State Park * Kailalulu Red Sand Beach

  • Haleakala Crater * Big Beach "Oneloa Beach"

  • Lanilili Peak * Molokini Crater

  • Makena State Park * Ho'okipa Beach Park

BONUS ADVENTURE: Have an extra day to break away from the island of Maui and want to explore a different Hawaiian Island? Take a Round Trip ferry and get a 24-hour Jeep rental to explore the 140 square mile island of Lanai.

Lanai, Hawaii By Anton Repponen via Unsplash @repponen.jpg

With the day's adventures starting early to avoid the afternoon trade winds in Maui, let's talk COFFEE! Summit to Sand's Hawaiian Coffee blog covers the best cafes and roasters on each of the islands in "Talk Java to Me Hawaii."

Packing already?

Here are some important things you won't want to forget in your travel bag on your Maui vacation.

  • rain jacket

  • good traction hiking shoes and an extra pair (think mud)

  • bug spray

  • sunscreen, SPF covers, sunhat

  • light with long battery life for cave exploring

  • bike shorts, shoes and shirt

  • multiple swim suits and a dry back to keep wet suits from ruining luggage

  • Yak Tracks if packing a bag and pondering any muddy hikes

  • small day hiking bag

Understanding the magic that Maui brings alive inside of you is hard to describe in words and must be experienced with all your senses in person to truly appreciate all that Maui has to offer. This is an island that keeps people coming back time and time again? Is it time for your next vacation? Could it be Maui?

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