A huge honor, three of Maui's restaurants made the 2018 of 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America by Open Table. They are Mama’s Fish House near Pā‘ia, Honu Seafood & Pizza in Lāhainā and The Mill House in Waikapū.
I'm only familiar with Mama's Fish House, which everybody raves about. It is on the pricey side but for such a stunning venue it's worth the splurge. Reservations are a must and I would suggest calling before you get to the island just to be safe.
Hookipa Park is two miles past Paia and just down from MaMa's Fish House . Every evening turtles pull themselves up on the beach and snuggle in along the sheltered wall for a sleep. This is certainly one of the strangest animal behaviors I've seen. Extremely cool and a must see on a Maui vacation. This is best spot for watching surfers too.
Hookipa Park is two miles past Paia and just down from MaMa's Fish House . Big waves, this is definitely not where you want to learn. This is best spot for watching surfers and turtles on the island.
The Olowalu Petroglyphs is one of the easily accessible petroglyph sites on Maui. (west Maui, Honoapiilani Highway south of Lahaina). Ask directions to petroglyphs at the General Store. You need to walk about a mile walk back on a long dirt trail into the fields, to see ancient rock carvings along a basalt cliff. I enjoyed contrast the this ancient site. It reminded me of how old the islands and the Hawaiian culture. Also known as Pu'u Kilea in the Hawaiian language.
What makes a golf course great? We have world class courses on the island and the following list can help you choose what matters to you. I tend to suggest the golf courses in Wailea to my guests since it is minutes from my south Kihei condo.
Best Golf Courses in Maui
Free Regular Events in Maui -
It amuses me till no end that there is a party every Friday night someplace in Maui.
Idea's for your "too burnt for the beach" days:
Chick on the links below for more info about each item
Aquarium – mostly indoors, with only a few outdoor exhibits
– Lahaina Cannery Mall is completely enclosed and offers free Hula Shows
– Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center is Maui’s largest
– Shops at Wailea has covered walkways
– Hilo Hattie largest store of souvenirs and clothes
Wine Tasting and winery tour
Lahaina is an easy day of visiting art gallery's, shopping and dining. It has the largest Banyan tree in the USA and a harbor filled boats visiting from around the world.
Tour insides of the luxury resort hotel The Grand Wailea. This is possibly the finest hotel on the island. Visitors are welcome since they could be tomorrows guests.
Submarine ride since it's never raining underwater.
Dan's Greenhouse in Lahaina has exotic birds, plants and pot belly pigs. Unusual souvenirs to take home.
Snuggle up and read a book on your lanai from Barnes & Noble bookstore in Kahului
Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Upcountry
Watch channel 7 – Maui TV
We come to Maui to play in the sun and there is a lot of it. Like the mainland summer is the driest season and winter the wettest. Ironically winter is the most popular and expensive months to come. I suppose Maui rain is always warmer than freezing snow.
One of the many things that attracted me to buy a South Main Vacation Rental Condo is that area gets the least rain of the whole island. Check out what it's like in South Kihei now:
South Kihei Beach Web Cam
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.