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Local Secrets on Maui: How to Experience the Best of the Island

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We all know that Maui is a year-round tourist destination. You’ll find bustling restaurants, packed bars, and crowded beaches no matter when you visit. But if you want to experience the island in a new way, you need to take the road less traveled. Check out our list of the best local secrets on Maui and start planning an unforgettable Hawaiian vacation.

Of course, this list is just the start. Find out what else the Valley Isle has to offer when you download our free vacation guide. Our helpful guide is filled with unique places, hidden gems, and off-the-beaten-path attractions that will leave you with lasting memories. Get a copy today to unlock the best local secrets on Maui.

Local Secrets on Maui Revealed

Hale Ho’omana Spa

There are quite a few spas on Maui, but only one offers a truly authentic Hawaiian experience. Hale Ho’omana Spa is located on the slopes of Haleakala and is one of the best spas on the island. This Hawaiian-owned facility specializes in organic treatments and ancient healing therapies that inspire mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. If you’re interested in learning more, attend a group or private training, try their products, or sign up for a guided tour. There’s something for everyone.

Paako Cove (Secret Beach)

Paako Cove in Makena is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Hawaii. Swaying palm trees, lava rocks, and views of Molokini and Kahoolawe beckon curious travelers. Once seldom visited, this small stretch of sand is now a popular spot for sunset weddings. (It’s best to get there before the ceremonies start). Paako Cove is also a nice place to go snorkeling and boasts unique reef formations with colorful fish. Stop by in the early morning hours for a totally tranquil experience.

First Fridays

If it’s a Friday, there’s a party going on! Attending a First Friday celebration on Maui is a great way to meet residents and visitors. In fact, it’s one of the most popular local things to do. Each party highlights one of Maui’s historic small towns with delicious food, live music, and local vendors. You can even bring the kids! Here’s the schedule:

  • First Friday of the month – Wailuku
  • Second Friday – Lahaina
  • Third Friday – Makawao
  • Fourth Friday – Kihei
  • Fifth Friday – Lāna‘i

Maui Arts & Cultural Center Events

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) is a world-class performing arts facility that showcases the talent of local, regional, and international artists. Visitors and locals can enjoy plays at two indoor theaters, concerts and live entertainment at the outdoor amphitheater, artwork in the museum-quality art gallery, and more. The MACC even offers educational activities and workshops as well as Hawaiian cultural programs. Check the events calendar for details.

Stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

It’s difficult to experience the best local secrets on Maui if you’re staying at a generic beach hotel. That’s why so many people choose to stay at our bed and breakfast! Innkeepers Tom and Janice Fairbanks were born and raised on the islands and understand Hawaii’s unique charm. They are happy to provide you with recommendations for things to do and see during your vacation.

Additionally, our bed and breakfast has everything you need for a relaxing getaway. Luxurious amenities, comfortable accommodations, and lovely gardens are staples of our inn. Whether you stay in one of our Veranda Rooms, Garden Rooms, or in the Vagabond’s House, we promise you’ll feel right at home.

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  • 808-244-5897
  • 2199 Kaho'okele Street Wailuku
    Maui, Hawaii 96793