ʻIao Valley & Central Maui attractions

Top Choice Museum in Wailuku

Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House

This small but historically evocative museum occupies the 1833 home of Wailuku’s first Christian missionary, Edward Bailey. He was the second missionary to occupy the house and lived here nearly 50 years. The home g…
Top Choice Beach in Kahului

Kanaha Beach Park

Well, you can’t judge a beach by its cover. Wedged between downtown Kahului and the airport, and hidden behind a strip of ironwood trees, this mile-long stretch of sand is surf city, with scores of brilliant sails z…
Landmark in ʻIao Valley State Monument

ʻIao Needle

Rising straight up to 2250ft, this velvety green pinnacle is Maui’s iconic landmark. Most people shoot their mandatory photos from the bridge near the parking lot. A better idea, though, is to take the walkway just …
Park in ʻIao Valley State Monument

ʻIao Valley State Monument

If you’ve seen just one photograph of Maui's lush interior, odds are it was of the magnificent ʻIao Needle, the green pinnacle that provides the focal point for ʻIao Valley State Monument. However, at the end of 201…
Wildlife Reserve in Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

A birdwatcher's oasis, the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge harbors native waterbirds year-round and hosts migratory ducks and shorebirds from October to April. In the rainy winter months Kealia Pond swells to m…
Farm in Waikapu

Maui Tropical Plantation

This longstanding tourist attraction is a cross between a farm, a shopping mall and a theme park. The large gift shop stocks art, aloha wear and gift food. Various plantation huts offer everything from chocolate to …
Museum in Kahului

Story of Hawaii Museum

This quirky place offers a fascinating look at the history of Hawaii as told through centuries of maps. The collection encompasses early explorers, the monarchy, territorial days, WWII, statehood and the golden era …
Beach in ʻIao Valley & Central Maui

Papalaua Beach Park

This beachside county park in West Maui isn't as stunning its neighbors, but you will find picnic tables and grills here. Camping is permitted nightly except on Wednesday and Thursday. Note that the park is beside t…
Park in Wailuku to ʻIao Valley State Monument

Kepaniwai Park & Heritage Gardens

This unique and beautiful park celebrates the various ethnic groups of Hawaii by displaying a building for each one. Sharing the compact grounds are a traditional Hawaiian hale (house), a New England–style missionar…
Museum in Puʻunene

Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum

This homespun museum occupies the former residence of the sugar mill’s superintendent. There’s the usual display of industrial machinery, including a working model of a cane-crushing plant, but what lingers afterwar…