By Alan Dickeson
Grab your snorkel, sun block, and sense of adventure! Here are 16 Must-See Maui, Hawaii Tourist Attractions that will make your vacation one you’ll remember for a lifetime. Take a look at these exciting activities, hot spots, and natural wonders, and you’ll know why in the islands people say, “Maui na ka oi.” (Maui is the best of all the Hawaiian Islands!)
1. Haleakala Summit
The crown jewel of Maui tourist attractions has inspired countless visitors, including Mark Twain, with its majestic peak and regal presence. Haleakala, which translates to “House of the Sun,” earned its name from a famous tale about the demigod called Maui who trapped the sun from atop Haleakala to please his grandmother, Hina. The magic of Haleakala, and the expansive views it commands are highly cherished, especially at sunrise. Every year, thousands of travelers make the long drive up the winding road to watch a new day dawn. Pristine morning air, bulbous clouds dancing across the summit, and red-violet light spreading across the Pacific is a poem waiting to be written. Admission fees are $10 per vehicle, or $5 per person with no car, and $5 for a motorcycle. The Park is open 24/7, 365 days per year.
2. Kula Lodge and Restaurant
There is a fine-dining establishment on Maui that rises above the rest—literally. At an elevation of 3,200 ft, the Kula Lodge & Restaurant offers patrons mouth-watering food, an authentic lodge-like ambiance, and captivating views of Maui below! Choose from scrumptious morning breakfast fare of eggs, fresh island fruit, and griddle dishes, to more enticing lunch or dinner items like mango BBQ ribs, cioppino, Cornish hen, Maui steaks, fresh fish, or vegetable quesadilla. The Kula Lodge also has 5 bucolic chalets available for overnight rental. Open 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Located on Hwy 377, not 37, about six miles past Pukalani.