The last two years have been very hard on all of us, especially the travel industry and little island places like Hawaii, so I couldn’t be more thrilled to visit.
When I travel, I like to explore as much as I can. Take in as much as the culture I can, especially when I am international. As for Maui, though, my itinerary is filled with recommended places, popular spots, and some. You could say I am a tourist for the first time, and I am not sure how I feel about it, but we will see how it goes. Let’s do this!
When it comes to transportation use Turo. It’s essentially like Airbnb but renting someone’s car. It’s the most affordable and efficient way of getting around Maui, especially when you do the road to Hana.
Day 1 – TRAVEL
Day 2-6 explore Maui
Day 7 – TRAVEL
This was a 7 day trip with 2 days of travel. Staying on both sides of the island allowed us to see Maui. I suggest breaking your trip up in half to experience different places on the island.
- Lahania (south) Stayed on Front St. at this adorable Airbnb for the first few days. The overall experience was great! You can fall asleep to the crashing waves, it’s very central located so access to town is easy. We walked almost everywhere when we stayed here.
Where to eat:
Breakfast: Down the Hatch Maui– It’s a must-eat place. 808 Grindz Cafe, Baya Bowls – my go-to Acai Bowls.
Lunch/Dinner: Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, Pi Artisan Pizzeria, Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, Star Noodle,
Olowalu Beach, Launiupoko Beach Park, Kā’anapali Beachwalk, Black Rock Beach, Kapalua Cliff House (a popular spot to cliff jump), Kapalua beach and Honolula Bay.
At many beaches, you can swim around, so bring your swimmers, sunscreen, towels, chairs, water, and snacks!
- Kihei Rd (west) – Stayed at this beautiful vrbo Suite for the rest of the trip. This hotel had a private beach access, and all the toys you could possibly want and need. We SUP a few days and happened to hang out with some turtles- it was surreal. Overall our suite was very clean, open and private even though there are three other suites. It doesn’t get any better than this location.
Where to eat: Breakfast: Kihei Caffe, Jave Café, and Nalu’s South Short Grill.
Lunch/Dinner: Coconuts Fish Cafe, Mama’s Fish House (North Maui), Paia Fish Market (North Maui), Milagros Food Co. (North Maui), Cafe O’Lei at the Mill House,
Beaches: Kamaole Beach Park, Polo beach, Oneuli Beach, Ahihi Bay, Hamoma Beach, Kaihalulu Beach
Hikes: Pipiwai Trail, Waioka pond (Venus Pool), Sacred Garden of Maliko, Mākena State Park
We ended up touring the road to Hana in one day. If you decide to do that, make sure you go early, 7 a.m. start as it takes 10-12 hours to complete. The locals suggest not staying on the road at dusk as it is a narrow one-way road at my post and can be dangerous. I would highly recommend doing it in two days. That way, you can enjoy all the stops along the way, rather than rushing.
Places to stop along Hana:
The Pools at ‘Ohe’o, Black Sand Beach, Nahiku Marketplace, Pua’a Ka’a Falls, Keanae Road, Twin Falls Maui Waterfall, and The Kings Gardens Maui/Waterfall Hike & Chocolate Tour.
Here are some pics from the trip:
Front St. Airbnb Fell asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing.
SUPing at our vbro Suite. Turtles came out this day!
Sunsets were so epic we watched them every night.
Suite backyard during the day. Over the hill is the private beach.
Incredible Ramen from Star Noodle.
Snorkeling at Kapalua. Swimsuit is Aerie
Gus The Bus is the best-shaved Ice in Kihei