Introducing the city

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Main Course £9.44 | $11.89

About Maui

Ruggedly romantic, tropical Maui is an island of waterfalls, whale watching and winding roads. Explore the rural beaches, take in sublime views or snorkel with turtles offshore.

Part island idyl, part majestic national park, Maui is the essence of Hawaii without the hustle and bustle. The second largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, this mystical paradise is home to towering black stone rims, verdant-tree fringed shores and homely traditional villages. That's not to say there isn't plenty to do though. Highlights include the Pools of 'Ohe'o ('Seven Sacred Pools'; a magical trail of waterfalls set among lush bamboo trees) and Halaekalā National Park - climb to the summit at predawn for other-worldy misty views.

Beach-wise you're spoilt for choice; one of the best options is Maluʻaka Beach. If you get fed up with lazing on the golden sand pop on a snorkel and take to the sea - the area is famed for green turtles and exotic sea-life. Culture lovers should opt for a trip to Old Lahaina Luau, a thriving community where you can sip ice cold beers as you watch the locals prepare roast pig. After, check out Pi’ilanihale Heiau, Hawaii's largest temple.

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When Should You Visit?

February, for warm weather and excellent whale watching opportunities.

Maui has a hot, semi-tropical climate with consistent temperatures all year round - there is little variation between the months, with average temperatures falling between 24 and 32 degrees Celsius. Sitting on the edge of a tropical area, the island technically has two seasons; the dry season from April to October and the rainy season from November to March. Having said that, even when it rains it is still pleasantly warm and the city enjoys year round sunshine - if you head up into Halaekalā National Park take warm clothes as it can be chilly.

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Travioor top tips

FREE BUS
JACKET
WHALE WATCHING

Insider Info

  • The Kahului, Wailuku Loops and Lahaina Village bus routes are free for passengers.
  • If you're planning on a visit to Haleakala National Park pack a light jacket or warmer clothes as it can get chilly.
  • If you're planning a boat trip whale-watching aim to visit the island in winter; you're more likely to spot them during these months.

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Food and drink

Main Course £9.44 | $11.89

3-Course Meal £39.35 | $49.53

Cappuccino £3.04 | $3.82

Beer £3.15 | $3.96

The Scene

Like the rest of Hawaii, Maui's food is largely focused around seafood, taro leaves and coconut - these three staples make up a lot of popular dishes. However Maui also has its own cuisine as well as unique names and customs for preparing traditional plates. Chicken luau (coconut and taro leaf infused hotpot), opakapaka (grilled, baked or steamed crimson snapper) and loco moco (egg, meat patty, rice and gravy) are all common menu staples. If you've been to the other islands you may well have tried Hawaiian barbecue chicken - you'll find it on Maui too, under the name of huli huli.

Here - perhaps more so than on the other islands - you'll find sweet treats in abundance. Kulolo (steamed taro pudding) and haupia (a creamy coconut custard) are both top choices for special occasions while manju cookies are available from local bakeries. If you're a beer fan try the local Bikini Blonde or Big Swells IPA; both are brewed by the Maui Brewing Company.

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History

Maui's Story

The first settlers on Maui were Polynesians from Tahiti and the Marquesas who instilled a strict Kapu system of social administration. Like the rest of Hawaii, Maui was ruled by King Kamehameha who governed the islands until 1893 when the royal family was overthrown. Prior to this, in 1779, Captain James Cook from Europe had seen the island but was unable to safely land his boat; in 1786 French Admiral La Perouse managed to dock his boat in what is now La Perouse Bay. More Europeans followed in the years to come and Maui grew into a thriving whaling area. During this time, many New England missionaries also arrived and settled in Lahaina (the one time capital of the island).

In 1941 the Japanese attacked Hawaii's Pearl Harbour (Hawaii was annexed to the United States by this time) which propelled the USA into World War II; in 1959 it officially became the 50th state of the USA. In the subsequent years Hawaii became one of the USA's biggest destinations for beach holidays. Although not the most popular of the islands, Maui has nevertheless grown too and is now a key tourist destination.

Language

Aloha | Hello
Mahalo | Thank you

Hawaiian

The state of Hawaii has two official languages; English and Hawaiian. Hawaiian is a unique Pacific ocean language, with Polynesian roots. Everyone speaks English but if you want to try the local (and fascinating) language, the following basics may be of help:

  • Bye: Aloha
  • Please: E ’olu’olu
  • Excuse me: E kala mai iaʻu!
  • Do you speak English: ʻŌlelo anei ʻoe i ka ʻōlelo Pelekāne?

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Need to know

+1 808 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Ferries run between Maui and the islands of Lanai and Molokai.
  • The Hana Road is wonderfully scenic (and terrifying) but be wary of local drivers who fearlessly swerve around corners quickly.
  • If you hire a car, most car rentals will void your contract if you drive past Hana (due to the condition of the road). 
  • The rural bus service runs three times a week; the regular bus service runs daily. 

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the United States here. 

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Travioor Recommends

1. CRATER CLIMB

Head up the Haleakala Crater for stunning pre-dawn views across the National Park and beyond.

2. Whale Watch

If you head to Maui in the winter months go whale watching - there's even a special festival to celebrate the return of the humpbacks.

3. BEACH DAYS

Swim, sunbathe or simply soak up the atmosphere on stunningly picturesque Ka'anapali Beach, which boasts long stretches of golden sand.

4. Off the Road

If you're brave enough, organize a trip along the Road to Hana, full of death-defying turns, spectacular views and steep inclines.

5. EAT AND DRINK

Lazy days and Maui go hand in hand. Lahaina has several great restaurants and bars perfect for delicious food and cold beers.


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