Maui is awash with beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery. The food scene is also on the rise, from fine dining to food trucks. Once your belly is full and your skin is sun-kissed, consider diving deeper to explore what makes Maui different from other tropical destinations. Check out these unique places to visit on your next visit to the alluring island of Maui.
Feature Photo: Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center
Maui Ocean Center
Whether reshaping your ideas about apex predators with a cage-free shark dive, breathing deep in the Aquari-om yoga classes, or being transported to the immersive virtual underwater world of Humpback Whales, there’s a lot to explore in addition to the usual aquarium fare at the Maui Ocean Center. You might just need more than one visit.
More info: Maui Ocean Center
Maui Historical Society at the Bailey House
If you’re curious about artifacts that point to the historical lives of Maui’s residents, you’ll find a lot to look at Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House. Get drawn into the fine craftsmanship that went into making both instruments of both daily life and royal accouterments in pre-contact (prior to the arrival of Westerners) Hawaii.
More info: Maui Historical Society
Maui Arts and Cultural Center
There’s nothing quite like catching a show or a movie on the great lawn at the MACC (Maui Arts and Cultural Center) with Haleakala and an impressive row of swaying palms as the backdrop. The MACC hosts lively events on the lawn, a diverse range of performing artists on the stage in the indoor theater, and shares substantial and innovative artist exhibits in the Schaeffer Gallery. Check their calendar for what’s happening when you’re in town.
More info: Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Committed to preserving the history of this once upon a time capital of Hawaii, the Lahaina Restoration Foundation is a portal to the historic sites of the largest town on the West side of Maui. Candle-lit tours of a historic missionary home, cultural practices and games, and botanical tours are a few of their offerings.
More info: Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum
Explore the history of the sweet stuff that blanketed the central valley on Maui for over 150 years. The sugarcane industry involved important figures in Maui’s post-colonial history, important issues such as water rights, and shaped the diverse population that continues to live, play, and work on the island.
More info: A&B Sugar Museum
Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center
Located on the spectacular grounds of the Kaluanui Estate, this thriving center for art welcomes all ages to art classes and exhibitions. Their artist in residence program has brought fascinating individuals from around the world to create permanent or temporary art installations — often with the help of the community. Be sure to pop into their gift shop which is filled with hand-crafted treasures by local artists.
More info: Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center
Polo in the Country
Sunday afternoons are for tailgating on the side of a volcano. If you visit Maui during the right season (April to June or September to November), pull up to the field and take in the exciting scene that rolls out. The horses are magnificent, the competition is fierce, and there is always fun to be had.
More info: Maui Polo Club