An Insider’s Guide: Maui, Hawaii
Looking to explore the hidden gems of Maui? What better way to experience Hawaii’s second largest Island than through the eyes of a local. Our list of favorites below represents the best of Maui – all located just a short distance from Ka’anapali Beach.
Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm
Nestled on the slopes of Haleakala is the Ali`i Kula Lavender farm. This 13.5-acre farm is home to approximately 55,000 lavender plants, which includes 45 different varieties of lavender. You’ll also find beautiful gardens, olive trees, hydrangeas, succulents and a variety of other plants.
This legendary homespun bakery has been churning out mouth-watering creations since 1916. A century later, the same time-honored recipes remain, and favorites like guava-filled malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts), cream puffs and stick donuts often sell out by noon! If you’re up early to watch the sunrise at Haleakala, we highly recommend a stop at Komoda after – just remember that the store is closed on Wednesda
Tasaka Guri Guri
Tasaka Guri-Guri is a small, family-owned shop located in Kahuluii. The Tasaka family has been selling guri guri – a cross between sherbet and ice cream – for more than 90 years, and it has since become a local institution in Maui. The family recipe remains a secret, and the shops only serves two flavors – strawberry and pineapple. This sweet treat is the perfect way to cool down – and the prices can’t be beat.
Ocean Vodka Distillery
Situated on the slopes of Haleakala, the Hawaii Sea Spirit Organic Farm and Distillery features panoramic views of both the north and south shores of Maui. Their tours are fun and informative, and along with taste testing, you’ll learn more about their commitment to sustainable farming practice
Maui’s only winery is located on the southern slopes of the Haleakala volcano, and encompasses 23 acres of countryside. Whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur or simply looking to enjoy the beautiful landscape, a visit to MauiWines is a tasting experience we highly recommend!
This restaurant has been a favorite of locals for decades, and is considered famous for its dry mein – a comfort food favorite for anyone living in Maui. Open for breakfast and lunch only, Sam Sato’s offers guests’ inexpensive, delicious Hawaiian food in a relaxed environment.