Kapalua has long been a sacred place for Native Hawaiians, but now it's more known for world-class golf courses, an adventure zipline company and glitzy five-star resorts. The rugged northern coast is not far from Kapalua's manicured greens, where untamed views are guaranteed to replenish your soul. The nightlife doesn’t exactly sizzle here, but the beaches – all with public access – sure do.
In the 1900s this area was the site of a productive pineapple plantation, and hikes around the area will take adventurers though forests planted by DT Fleming, the tree surgeon who developed Maui’s pineapple industry.
If uninterrupted sunshine is your goal in West Maui, note that Kapalua can be a bit rainier and windier than points south.