9 Non-Touristy Things You Should Do on Maui This Year
The best things to do on vacation aren’t always the most well-known things to do. For me, the more uncommon and off the beaten path the activity the better. If you want to avoid tourist traps, the next time you visit, try some of these unusual things to on Maui.
Feast on food truck fare
Food trucks seem to find safety in numbers. By congregating together in one place it makes them a foodie destination. While the food truck lot across the street from Costco in Kahauli is well known, it is worth visiting the lesser known ones as well. In a small parking lot off of Lower Honoapiilani Highway and Papalaua Street, you will find an informal assemblage of food trucks with picnic tables and lights strung around the field for ambiance. Feast on local fare from Pizza Connection Maui, Ba Gul Ba Gul, Wings, and Thangs Comfort Food, Teppanyaki-2-Go and more.
Discover this west coast hidden beach
One of the best things to do on Maui is to discover a new beach each day. All Hawaiian beaches are public by law, but finding the public-access points can be kind of tricky. That is what makes Oneola Beach such a secluded spot. Also known as Ironwoods Beach, this pristine stretch of sand can only be found by following a small footpath within a gated community. With no large hotels or commercial properties in sight, you might just find you have this entire beach to yourself. It has great waves for body surfing.
Visit a surfing goat dairy for lunch
Get local and go upcountry. Spend the day with Maui Craft Tours sampling tasty treats and beverages from some of Maui’s finest purveyors. Begin the day by meeting Maui Tropical Plantation. There you will grab a cup of the island’s freshest roasted coffee at the Mill House, then head out to take a tour, feed the goats and have a farm-to-table lunch at the Surfing Goat Dairy. End the day with a stop at MauiWine and a tasting at the Hali’Maile Distilling Company. This Taste of Upcountry Tour also includes a 20% discount off food, cocktails, and beer at The Mill House.
Sip coconut toasted suds
The Maui Brewing Company is not your ordinary brewpub. They have unique brews like dark porters flavored with hand-toasted coconut and hints of mocha, pineapple wheat beers, and citrusy IPAs. It is not just the beer that is homemade either. Enjoy fresh island cuisine at either their Lahani or Kihei restaurants where they make their own colas, ketchup, and mustard too. While you are there grab a four or a six pack or growler of fresh brew to go!
Find Charles Lindbergh’s gravesite
Most people know that Charles Lindbergh was the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. You might not know that this notorious aviator is buried at Palapala Ho’oomau Church on the east side of Maui. After you have splashed around in the Seven Sacred Pools (Ohe’o Gulch) in Hana, continue on eight miles to this tropical paradise. Save your picnic lunch and eat here in the beautiful the gardens surrounding the church. This spot incredibly quiet and peaceful.
Visit a lavender farm
Set on 13.5 acres the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is located in the upcountry region of Maui. This beautiful mountainside farm offers guided tours and gourmet picnic lunches. Wander the paths through the lavender fields and stop into the shop on your way out to bring home lavender honey chocolate truffles, soap or body butter.
Sip organic vodka on a mountain
Ocean Organic Vodka is made locally from organic cane sugar and ocean mineral water. Visit Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery to see how this high-end vodka is produced on a beautiful farm upcountry on Maui.
Seek out locally grown food
Located at the Kula Malu Town Center, the Upcountry Farmer’s Market has been around for 40 years. Listen to Hawaiian music on Saturday mornings from 7 am – 11 am while you shop for locally grown bananas, papayas, potatoes, rice, and other fruits and vegetables. You will also find lots of raw and vegan foods. Bring a sweater as it can be a bit cooler in the mornings upcountry.
Canvas the local art scene
If it is Friday, it is time to party on Maui. Each week one of five towns (Wailuku, Lahaina, Makawao, Kiehi, and Lana’i) hosts a party for locals and visitors to explore the vibrant art scene. The Maui Friday Town Parties as they are known, highlight fantastic artists, great food, local vendors and music. It is a great opportunity to stroll through town before or after dinner and stop into one of the many local galleries.