Maui is home to heritage sites, beautiful beaches, natural wonders, and historic towns. Maui’s rich history provides an amazing backdrop in exploring the island. Enjoy your Hawaiian vacation and come visit some of the most popular Maui landmarks.
Maui may be best known for the “Road to Hana,” an incredible road with over 600+ curves and more than 50 one-lane bridges all leading to the historic town of Hana. However, Maui also includes must-see parks and local attractions that have been visited by tourists for generations.
From parks, waterfalls, great restaurants, outdoor activities, sightseeing tours, and more, SpeediShuttle is a great way to explore all the top landmarks around Maui.
Hana is sometimes called “Real Old Hawaii,” because it has managed to remain relatively unchanged throughout the years. The community has fought hard to keep Hana pristine. You can practically sense the aloha tradition in the air.
Once called America’s Best Beach, Kaanapali was is also the former retreat for the royal family of Maui. Kaanapali was Hawaii’s first planned resort and the beach is best known for daily cliff diving ceremonies off the northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Black Rock a fantastic place for snorkeling,
The Puohokomoa Falls are considered to be one of the most accessible waterfalls in Maui. The Puohokamoa Falls are actually two impressive waterfalls: the Upper Puohokamoa & Lower Puohokamoa Falls. That’s two hundred feet of cascading waters: truly a sight to behold. There is also sheltered spot that families can use for picnics or resting while visiting.
Haleakala National Park is the summit area of the larger of the two volcanic mountains that comprise the Island of Maui. The crater offers magnificent panoramic views of an out-of-this-world landscape. Also, bring plenty of sunscreen, water, and layers of warm clothing. Temperatures can dip below freezing during the night.
Waianapanapa State Park is located on the outskirts of Hana and means “glistening water”. The park features seabird colonies, natural stone arches, sea stacks, camping facilities, ancient lava caves, hidden blowholes, religious temples, anchialine pools, vistas, and, of course, the black sand beach. The black sand was created by rough surf pounding on fresh, bubbling lava flow over thousands of years.
The Bailey House Museum is the largest and oldest history museum on Maui. The historic structure was built with lava rock and koa wood, and served as a mission house and boarding school before becoming a museum. Today the Maui Historical Society runs the Bailey House Museum with two floors of exhibits and rare Hawaiian artifacts.
The Iao Valley State Park is featured almost every guide book in Maui (for good reason!). The park is very easily accessible by car or tour group, and the paved walkways, steps, and signage makes it well suited for both older people and kids. The main attraction is the ‘Iao needle, a 1200′ high peak created by erosion over millennia.