The island of Maui most certainly offers something for everyone! The island’s Upcountry Region embodies a culture of local farming complete with paniolo and rodeos, while the adjacent Southern Region boasts spectacular crescent shaped beaches, resort style vacationing and world class golf:
Upcountry Maui – Haleakala Crater meets Hawaiian Cowboy
Located inland and west of Hana is Maui’s Upcountry and Haleakala National Park, home of the 9,740 foot Haleakala Crater (Maui’s highest peak) and the scenic Ohe’o Gulch (Seven Pools). The fertile slopes of Haleakala produce the famous Maui onion and countless varieties of fresh farm-to-table local crops. Many farms offer tours to the public and the Upcountry Farmers Market (Saturdays from 7am until 12 noon) is a fantastic place to taste and purchase the fresh produce grown here. (http://www.upcountryfarmersmarket.com) Local produce can also be tasted in the savory menu items served at many of Maui’s fine restaurants including the culinary award winning Haliimaile General Store located in Makawao. (http://bevgannonrestaurants.com/haliimaile/) Renowned for its thriving arts community, Makawao is also famous for its “Hawaiian cowboys” or paniolo who can oft be observed wrangling cattle in the spacious fields of Maui’s upcountry. The Makawao Rodeo is held annually on July 4th and is recognized as Hawaii’s largest paniolo competition.
On the western edge of Maui’s upcountry lies Paia town and the world windsurfing capital, Hookipa Beach. In winter months, the north shore waves along Kihei’s Hookipa Beach make it a prime destination for professional windsurfers and kite surfers. While visiting Paia, please make a point to stop in for Kampachi Ceviche, Haiku Farms Tomato & Maui Onion Salad or any one of the mouth-watering menu items at Mama’s Fish House! (http://www.mamasfishhouse.com) If your ideal Maui vacation involves tranquility blended with magnificent views of Maui’s meandering and seemingly endless coastline, inquire about a stay at The Inn at Mama’s. Charming Polynesian inspired cottages and suites here are tucked into a serene and secluded setting along the waters edge.
South Maui – A Gem for Luxury Resortists
A half hour drive south of Kahului Airport on Piilani Highway (HI-31) will bring visitors to Maui’s southwest shore and the coastal town of Kihei. This locals haven is ideal for lovers of watersports. Premium spots for snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and surfing line the six miles of sunny beach here. Ma’alaea Bay, just northwest of Kihei is home to Maui Ocean Center, Maui’s top-rated family attraction. (http://www.mauioceancenter.com) Ten miles south of Kihei lies the premium luxury resort and golf area of Wailea-Makena. The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa (http://www.grandwailea.com) and Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (http://www.fourseasons.com/Maui/) are nestled in an exclusive setting along five crescent-shaped beaches and offer guests luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining and indulgent spa treatments. An upscale shopping experience and fine dining restaurants are provided at the Shops at Wailea, (http://www.theshopsatwailea.com) and golf in Wailea-Makena’s resort area is unparalleled. Makena Golf Course, Elleair Maui Golf Club and the Gold, Emerald and Old Blue Courses at Wailea Golf Resort all feature lush fairways, rugged lava rock walls, panoramic ocean views and challenging holes designed to engage golfers of all abilities.