Tips for making the drive to Hana for kids and parents alike.
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Tips for making the drive to Hana for kids and parents alike.
If you thought taking a six-hour drive on the Hana Highway was the only way to experience adventure on Maui, then get ready to be pleasantly surprised!
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Soar across tree tops in the lush mountains of West Maui. Skyline Eco Adventures offers 5 zipline adventures for ages 10+.
The sublime beauty of this rainforest village is the reason why so many people make the drive through seamingly endless winding roads.
It's a short hike to these two waterfalls at the beginning of the Road to Hana. If you're not feeling up to the full journey, you can always call it a day here.
Keep your eyes peeled at mile marker 7. On the left side you'll see a painted forest of eucalyptus trees with multi-colored bark.
It's an Ideal spot to snap a quintessential photo of the winding road. Kids will be delighted by the wild chickens roaming around here.
The sole survivor of the tsunami of 1948, this old stone church still holds services in a tiny village on the rugged Ke'anae Peninsula.
They give you flashlights to explore this 1,000-year-old lava flow. It's great for all ages, but if you're afraid of the dark, you can always stay in the car.
Located right next to the Hana Lava Tube, it's a beautiful maze made of cool red plants. It's a fun activity for kids who might be too scared to do the lava tube.
Walk the ancient footpath to a black sand beach with breathtaking scenery.
It's something out of a movie: walk through fragrant bamboo forests paved with fresh guava (eat one!) and cool off in stunning natural pools fed by waterfalls.
This black sand cove is a great place to swim and float among the waves. There are also benches where you can enjoy a family picnic.
It's a small mall with a few good shops, but the real draw here is the free Hula show. Come at 1 pm on weekends to get a taste of Hula before committing to a $100 luau.
This is where you'll find a truly authentic souvenir. Browse through homemade crafts, clothing, and jewelry from local artists.
Kids will love watching silly goats with hilarious old-man beards and grown ups get to sample fresh cheese. Stop by casually or book a hands-on milking tour.
A 30-minute ferry ride takes you to one of Hawaii's smallest inhabited island. Check out the beach at Manale, a playground for spinner dolphins.
It's the "Old Faithful of the Pacific." Watch a plume of sea water shoot 100 feet in the air out of an ancient lava tube. Don't get too close (trust me on this one)!
Dive 100 feet below the surface and explore an underwater world inaccessible to snorkelers and scuba divers.
A finger of lava hangs out into the sea, about halfway down the Road to Hana. Stop by for fresh banana bread, a small arboretum, and an old stone church.
2,500 species of plants and trees line a landscape of lava rocks, natural streams, and koi ponds. These gardens give you a sense of Hawaii's stunning biodiversity.
Take an easy 2-mile hike to a scenic ridge with panoramic views of central Maui. Ioa Valley was also the site of an epic battle and served as a burial ground in ancient Hawaiian history.
It feels like an alien world in the cinder cone gardens of Mt. Haleakala. Come for the view at sunrise or sunset, heck, come anytime, it's out of this world!
Like something out of a Tim Burton movie, the Maui Banyan Tree drapes its vines through a shaded park in front of the courthouse in downtown Lahaina. It's a great spot for a picnic!
Is pineapple wine any good? Head to Ulupalakua Vineyards for free tastings and find out. Worst case, you get to see a vineyard on a volcano.
The mall here hosts free Ukulele and hula lessons. Learn how to play "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," and then act it out in smooth rhythmic dance moves.
Serene wetlands in Maui's central valley make for a great place to watch dozens of exotic bird species. Come in the mornings when the sun is out and wind is less.
Give back to the island by helping keep its shorelines, forests, and beaches clean.
If you're a proud astronomy geek and want to meet other proud astronomy geeks, join this Maui astronomy group and find you're posse.
Once you spot one whale, you'll start seeing them everywhere. There are so many whales out there that during the winter, you can watch them for free on the beach.
Last time Haleakala erupted, 400-500 years ago, it made this surreal lava field in Makena State Park.
Every night from Black Rock Beach, you can watch a torch lighting ceremony that ends with a 30-foot plunge into the ocean.
Luaus can be pricey, but this hula show is free from 6-8 pm, every night at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
Mama's Fish House might not be free, but the tide pools around it are. It's a great place for kids to see (and try to pronounce) anemones and baby crabs.
It's the largest salt-water tropical aquarium in the US. There are walk-through tunnels, jellyfish exhibits, and an interactive tidepool area.
In the highlands is a forest created by a botanist using trees from around the world. You can hike, mountain bike, or even zipline through it.
Lahaina has 40 art galleries with works from Picasso, Rembrandt, Any Warhol, and whole host of local artists inspired by the beauty of the island.
It's a smaller theater showing 3 movies near the wharf in downtown Lahaina.
This mammoth movie complex features 12 screens and the biggest one on the island.
Located at Queen Ka'ahumanu Shopping Center you have 6 movies to choose from.
On Ka'anapali Beach, this open air shopping pavilion is filled with restaurants, shops, and a whale museum.
Built on the site of Maui's last ruling chief, this museum houses native tools, paintings, and photography that give you a glimpse into the lives of Maui's former Royal Family.
Before booking it to the summit, you can stop by this forest grove for a picnic and quick walk around.
When summiting a volcano, don't be afraid to ask directions. Here, you'll find park rangers ready to answer your questions, as well as a bathroom, and gift shop.
This spectacular overlook is a great place to snap a photo of Maui's lush greenery fading into red and black lava rock.
Catch a final glimpse of the cinder cones on your way down Mt. Haleakala (you won't be able to turn left here on your way up).
You're on top of the world! You can see the rainforests of Hana, the Big Island in the distance, and maybe even your resort, far below.
This 1/4-mile trail delivers maximum breathtaking views at minimum effort. It's a good option for families with young kids who still want to see Haleakala.
Hike down into moon-like valleys of dormant cinder cones. You can take on this entire 11-mile odyssey or turn back at any point for a hike of any length.
Dine on pork cooked in an underground oven, while the sun sets over the ocean to traditional Hawaiian music and dance. It's an intimate venue great for families.
Relax in the cedar wood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, or get a Lomi Lomi massage. Then cool off in bamboo rainfall showers that run with water from the peaks above.
Pineapple scrub gently exfoliates and the Lomi Lomi and Swedish massage loosen tension. This large spa has 16 individual treatment rooms and 3 private couples rooms.
You can hear the soothing sound of the ocean from the cliffs above Napili Bay, as a delicate Lomi Lomi massage releases tension under the moonlight.
They're known for their hot stone treatments and soothing Himalayan Salt Room. They also have special massages for the mother-to-be.
Lie-down in a shaded beach cabana, and let the masseur to the rest. Then hop in the steam room to finish off.
Cool off in the shade of the banyan tree and see work from local artists. There's also a face painting booth and kid's crafts for the little ones.
On the last Thursday of the month, The Baldwin Home Museum puts on a free outdoor concert with local musicians from 6-7:30 pm.
This isn't your typical luau music. It's a celebration of authentic Hawaiian folk music, epitomized by the distinct sound of the slack-key guitar.
With the "wow" factor of Cirque du Soleil, this powerful retelling of Hawaiian history is a blend of dance, music, and acrobatics.
Like something out of the Partridge Family, this family troupe, puts on a magic dinner show infused with family-friendly comedy.
Every Friday from 6-9 pm, the galleries of Lahaina host a free "Art Walk" with featured artists and refreshments.
Maui's capital knows how to party! Join on first Fridays for a street party with craft vendors, food stands, and a beer garden serving local brews.
All the galleries light up until 10 pm and Front Street buzzes with music, food, family activities, and performers from Ulalena.
Maui's cowboy town puts on a street party with locally farmed food, classical Hawaiian music, dancing, and a fire show.
The Keiki/Youth Zone has lots for the little ones, and parents can browse booths set up by local shops.
The decor is funky, really funky. See for yourself! They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with live jazz. Say hi to Farzad, the super friendly owner.
It's a smaller luau, where you'll get your own individual table. The show takes place against the colorful backdrop of sunset over Ka'anapali Beach.
Five dancers toss flaming knives across the stage and acrobats pull a number of stunts. This luau is less crowded and about 1/2 the size of other luaus.
The perfect romantic date, it's a beautifully choreographed show with some of the "most fabulous cooking on Maui."
Even teenagers would have a hard time texting through the show. This spectacle blends hula and exciting Samoan fire knife dancing.
One of Maui's most affordable Luau's, you get one free ticket for kids 6-11, and all kids under 5 get in free.
In Maui's rugged north, you'll find sea turtles, white-spotted puffers, octopuses, unicorn fish, and maybe even a giant manta ray.
It seems like something out of the Pacific Northwest. This foggy forest of redwood trees sits along an extensive trail system in the highlands of Haleakala volcano.
Short, but oh so sweet, this quick out-and-back hike provides sweeping views of Maui's central valley, the ocean, and the dramatic ridges of the West Maui Mountains.
This rugged trail snakes through an environment that seems brutally barren in contrast with the lush rainforests just a few miles away. It traverses a path above the ocean, past windmills, a...
It's a great stop if you're driving through Northwest Maui. This trail offers fantastic ocean views overlooking the channel most frequented by humpback whales.
The trail meanders through lush bamboo forests, streambeds, waterfalls, and swimming holes. It can be as hard as you'd like depending on your penchant for adventure.
The waterfalls keep on getting bigger on this epic hike through the jungles of Hana. At the end you're rewarded with a view of the 400-foot Waimoku Falls.
This towering 200-foot waterfall is often missed by most Hana-bound travelers. It's a short 5-minute hike to a great lookout point where you can spot the falls.
Unlike most falls, you can access this one from a trail that runs directly above it. You get a great view of the stream and the pool below.
A few miles past Hana, you'd be hard pressed not to see this waterfall. It towers at 80 feet high and flows under a one lane bridge. Park on the ocean side of the road to snap a few photos.
One of the many falls along the Pipiwai trail, this one's claim to fame is the gorgeous rainforest scenery that surrounds it.
At over 400 feet tall, it's the highest accessible waterfall in Maui. Found at the end of the Pipiwai Trail it makes for the perfect reward after a decent hike.
Past Hana in Kipahulu, this waterfall lies at the end of a 10-minute trail. Not frequented by many tourists, you'll likely have it's beauty and natural swimming pool all to yourself.
Quite possibly the tallest fall in Maui, this world wonder is set deep within an inaccessible valley. You'll only be able to see it on a helicopter tour.
While you'll find most waterfalls along the road to Hana, this is one of the few accessible in West Maui. As you hike along the Waihe'e Ridge you'll be able to spot the 270-foot falls from a...
Set in Maui's Upcountry, this zipline flies through eucalyptus forests and down the side of a mountain. It's part of many activities including horseback riding and hiking tours at historic P...
Helicopter rides will show you 1,000-ft waterfalls in hidden rainforest valleys, a volcano from above, and the dramatic oceanside cliffs of Molokai island.
Affectionately dubbed, 'turtle town' this beach is teaming with green sea turtles who feed and hide from predators among the rocky ocean floor and sea caves.
Easier than going all the way to Hana, this alternative loops around West Maui. Instead of waterfalls, it offers secluded beaches with amazing snorkeling, ocean geysers, and dramatic ridgeli...
Once home to two thriving Hawaiian villages this nature preserve snakes along Maui's windswept central coast. There's a two-mile hike and every Friday morning you're invited to help particip...
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