Top ChoiceBeach in Makena

Big Beach

The crowning glory of Makena State Park, this untouched beach is arguably the finest on Maui. In Hawaiian it’s called Oneloa, literally ‘Long Sand.’ And indeed the golden sands stretch for the better part of a...

Top ChoiceBeach in Kihei

Keawakapu Beach

Keawakapu Beach

From break of day to twilight, this sparkling stretch of sand is a showstopper. Extending from south Kihei to Wailea’s Mokapu Beach, Keawakapu is set back from the main road and less visible than Kihei’s main...

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Restaurant at Hotel Wailea

Sunsets put on an astounding performance at this romantic hilltop hideaway, the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant in Hawaii. Helmed by chef Zach Sato, a Maui native, the kitchen artfully presents a short but...

Top ChoiceBeach in Wailea

Wailea Beach

Wailea Beach

Sunbathe like a celebrity at this sparkling strand, which fronts the swish Grand Wailea and ever-posh Four Seasons resorts and offers a full menu of water activities. The beach slopes gradually, making it a good...

Top ChoicePub Food in Wailea

Monkeypod Kitchen

Happy hours are crowded but convivial at this ever-popular venture from chef Peter Merriman, where the staff, your fellow drinkers and the 36 craft beers and ciders on tap keep the alohas real. The gourmet pub...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Kihei

5 Palms

For sunset cocktails beside the beach, this is the place. Arrive an hour before the sun goes down, because the patio bar, just steps from stunning Keawakapu Beach, fills quickly. During happy hour, selected sushi...

Top ChoiceBar in Wailea

Pint & Cork

This chic gastropub and wine bar would look right at home in Manhattan or Los Angeles, but the vibe is way more welcoming. And we hear it's a favorite with service-industry crowds looking for late-night noshes...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in Kihei

Nalu's South Shore Grill

This open-air eatery may sit in a strip mall, but the decor embraces all things Hawaiian, from the koa canoe hanging overhead to the enormous beach photos covering the walls. We also love the warm aloha spirit of...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Kihei

Pa‘ia Fish Market Southside

Word is out about this fantastic seafood joint, a spinoff from the popular Pa‘ia Fish Market in the Upcountry. Across the street from Kalama Park, the open-air eatery serves ono (white-fleshed wahoo) and mahimahi...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in Kihei

Café O’Lei

This strip-mall bistro looks ho-hum at first blush. But step inside: the sophisticated atmosphere, innovative Hawaii Regional Cuisine, honest prices and excellent service knock Café O’Lei into the fine-dining big...

State Park in Makena

Makena State Park

Makena State Park should be high on every traveler’s itinerary. Its crowning glory, Big Beach, is the scene that people conjure up when they dream of a Hawaiian beach – beautiful and expansive, with virtually no...

Film in Wailea

Maui Film Festival

Hollywood celebs swoop in for this five-day extravaganza in mid-June. Join the stars under the stars at various Wailea locations, including the open-air ‘Celestial Theater’ on a nearby golf course and – in some...

Nature Reserve in Beyond Makena

ʻAhihi-Kinaʻu Natural Area Reserve

Although scientists haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact date, Maui’s last lava flow probably spilled down to the sea here between 1480 and 1600 CE, shaping ʻAhihi Bay and Cape Kinaʻu. Today, the jagged lava...

Bay in Makena

Makena Bay

Want to kayak along the coast? Then drop into this pretty bay. There’s no better place on Maui for kayaking – as you might surmise from the collection of kayak-tour vans parked here every morning. When seas are...

Beach in Makena

Maluʻaka Beach

Dubbed ‘Turtle Beach,’ this golden swath of sand behind the closed Makena Beach & Golf Resort is popular with snorkelers and kayakers hoping to glimpse the surprisingly graceful sea turtles, which feed along...

Hawaiian in Wailea

Lineage

The decor at this new venture from Top Chef favorite and restaurateur Sheldon Simeon may be modern and spare, but the hospitality is warm, old-school Hawaiian. The menu spotlights Maui's diverse culinary...

Brewery in Kihei

Maui Brewing Co

Enormous windows draw your eyes toward West Maui at the glossy new restaurant and bar at Maui Brewing's Kihei production facility. Over 35 craft and seasonal beers are on offer, and the food menu shines with...

Japanese in Kihei

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Maui is laid-back, but sometimes you have to plan ahead. Dinner at Sansei is one of those times – make a reservation or queue early for the sushi bar. The creative appetizer menu offers everything from a shrimp...

Beach in Wailea

Ulua Beach

Ulua Beach

Snorkelers should head straight for Ulua, to the south of the point. The coral at the rocky outcrop on the right side of the beach offers Wailea’s best easy-access snorkeling.

Beach in Kihei

Kamaʻole Beach Park III

Covered in a blanket of golden sand, Kamaʻole Beach Park III has full facilities and lifeguards, plus a playground and parking lot. Great spot for a beach day. The shaded picnic tables start filling up early on...