If you’re in need of some vacation inspiration, or simply dreaming of being on a tropical island; devouring fresh poke, savoring a stunning sunset, and reveling in the sound of the Pacific’s dramatic ocean waves–as I obviously am today while toiling away in the office–then read on as I share my top 4 things to do in Maui, and of course, what to wear.
1. The Road to Hana
Rent a convertible, grab a coconut water and prepare for a breathtaking drive on the must-do road trip to Hana. The winding drive around the north and east coast of the island is simply stunning–replete with lush tropical forest, plunging waterfalls, black sand beaches and to put it simply, mother nature at its finest. Be sure to pull over and delve into the jungle at occasional markers (numbers labelled along the road). Don’t miss hike to the Twin Falls (mile marker 2. Blink and you’ll miss it), Waikamoi nature trail (marker 9.5), the Kaumahina State Wayside Park for a beautiful lookout point, Wai’anapanapa State Park (mile marker 32) for its black sand beaches, caves, and gorgeous views. Stop for lunch at a makeshift picnic area along the hana highway for fresh coconut water and bbq pork all served on bamboo. And try fresh banana bread at one of the local shacks dotted along the road. It’s the journey, not the destination matters–which pretty much summarizes this once in a lifetime road trip.
2. Halaeakala National Park
A trip to the Haleakala crater is a sight to behold. It’s a long drive but definitely worth the curving ride as you creep up above the clouds. Once at the top of the crater you literally feel like you’re on Mars. If you’re feeling ambitious, take an early morning tour to see the sunrise (you’ll likely have to leave your hotel around 4am) and do the adventurous bike ride down. I also heard sunset and evening star gazing there is incredible.
3. Eat at Honu
Fact: I did not have one bad meal in Maui. One of the places that really stood out was Honu Seafood and Pizza in Lahaina. Reserve in advance to score a table oceanside while you sip on hibiscus matini’s and slurp down kumamoto oysters as you watch that unbeatable Hawaii sunset.
4. Beach and chill at Ka’anapali or Napili Beach
Let’s face it, aside from hiking, zip lining, snorkeling, whale watching, swimming (the list goes on) you’re also coming to Hawaii for complete relaxation. Get your mai’tai and mags and unwind as you take a warm spot on the pristine white sand while gazing out onto the crystal clear blue waters of Ka’anapali or Napili beach. Paradise found.
Top tips: Rent a convertible. Bring bug spray.