Culture in Maui

The Hawaiian Islands are bursting with cultural significance and historic sites. From ancient battle grounds to religious temples, Maui has a large collection of educational and interesting attractions that date back to the Hawaiian monarchy.

A trip out to Iao Valley is a great first stop in learning about ancient living styles of the Hawaiians. Learn how land was divided, what crops were planted, and how irrigation ponds were created. Iao Valley is also to locale where King Kamehameha staged a bloody battle to finally unite all the islands under one monarchy.

Hana is another region on Maui that is very symbolic. Much of Hana still remains underdeveloped. Tour botanical gardens, see religious stone temples at the Seven Sacred Pools, and learn about an ancient myth surrounding a girl who hid in an underwater cave out at Waianapanapa State Park.

The town of Lahaina also houses some historic monuments. The town used to be a booming whaling town and the capital of the Hawaiian Islands. Walk through historic houses, a whaling museum, and sample local art inspired by Hawaiian mythology.

Of course a luau is probably the most fun option for learning about the Hawaiian culture. The Old Lahaina Luau is consistently ranked the best luau on Maui year after year. Various hotels in Ka'anapali also offer nightly luaus.

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Iao Valley State Park

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End of Highway 32
West end of road

Iao is why Maui is called the Valley Isle... read more

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Hana Cultural Center

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4974 Uakea Rd
(Mailing: P.O. Box 27)

Hana's Historic museum and village on Maui...
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Road to Hana

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Highway 360

The scenic road to Hana brings vistas, waterfalls, and more on the windward side of Maui... read more

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Oheo Gulch

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Hana Highway Mile Marker #42
(15 minutes past Hana Town)

Or The Seven Sacred Pools... read more

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Wai'anapanapa State Park

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54 South High Street, 101

Hiking, Heiau and Tropical Fantasy In Hana Maui...
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Baldwin Home Museum

at the corner of Front and Dickenson Streets
(parking lot: 120 Dickenson Street)

Restored missionary's home... read more

Whalers Village Museum

2435 Ka'anapali Parkway
(in Whaler's Village)

Visions From Lahaina's Whaling Past... read more

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Lahaina town

648 Wharf St

Colorful and historic whaling town along with lots of bars, restaurants and activities... read more

Kaanapali Sunset Luau in Maui

Family Friendly Tours & Activities... read more
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