It’s hard to have a bad day on Maui. East to west, north to south, Hawaii’s Valley Isle radiates positive vibes. Flush with lush rain forests, miles of powdery sand beaches, and a culture that illuminates the aloha lifestyle, Maui can open your eyes and your heart to experiences only found in its tropical landscape.
On Maui’s remote, eastern coast is Hana Town—the most isolated municipality on any of the Hawaiian Islands. A testament to the old way of life, a visit to Hana Town is taking a step back in time. A winding and rugged commute, Hana Highway is the only road in or out. Traversing the rainforest-engulfed route, you’ll be privy to Hana’s spectacular waterfalls, family-friendly hikes, roadside fruit stands and coastline views that will seem prehistoric.
If secluded, tropical privacy fits your style, then a stay at a Hana Kai Maui oceanfront condo is your destination. Tucked along the shoreline of Hana Bay, Hana Kai Maui offers undisturbed sunrise views and immaculate moonlit sky gazing. Chances are good you’ll wake to sea turtles on the beach or dolphins playing in the bay.
Northwest of Hana in Kahului, take a tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. For over 25 years, they have been showcasing stunning aerial views of Maui’s pristine terrain. Soaring through West Maui’s valleys and around Haleakala National Park, their “Maui Spectacular” tour comes with an added bonus. After canvassing tropical rain forests and zipping beside cascading waterfalls, your pilot will touch down at Ulupalakua Ranch, an exclusive landing spot on the leeward slopes of Haleakala. Be sure to have space on your camera. The views of the pastures blending with the deep blue ocean in the background are unparalleled.
Further west from Kahului, roughly 5 miles before Kaanapali, lies Kapalua Bay—a sheltered sanctuary where soft sand mingles with the bay’s gentle waves. Set bayfront is The Montage Kapalua, a luxury resort that celebrates the gifts of the sea. Where coastal heritage is honored, The Montage’s iconic, open-air architecture compliments the resort’s authentic sense of place. The resort and its staff have a graceful way of wrapping island-inspired hospitality around you with each detailed feature, amenity and genial gesture.
From Kapalua, less than a mile from Black Rock—a popular snorkeling and sacred cliff jumping spot—is Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Rated 2016’s “Best Family Hotel” in Hawaii, the beach hotel has refined a collection of traditional Hawaiian activities whether your trip is family-focused, romantic, or group oriented. Located on Kaanapali Beach, where Hawaiian royalty once ventured for their own beachside retreats, Kaanapali Beach Hotel creatively utilizes the natural setting for cultural, beach and dining experiences.
With stunning views of neighboring Molokai and Lanai islands, the Westin’s newest resort location on Maui is set to open in April. The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas is a masterpiece in cultural design and environmental efficiency. As “nanea” in Hawaiian translates to “a state of relaxation,” Westin Nanea Ocean Villas mirrors its sister property as a traveler’s dream stay. Replete with cultural symbolism, the resort blends contemporary luxury with an authentic Hawaiian experience.
A short drive from each West Maui resort is Old Lahaina Luau. Presenting a traditional Polynesian celebration, guests learn, eat and are entertained like early Hawaiians once were. Set oceanfront, directly on Lahaina’s Front Street, Old Lahaina Luau is known throughout the islands for its award-winning entertainment. Presenting the story of Hawaii’s history through the art of hula, each dancer performs with respect and honor for their ancestors.
From Lahaina, cruising Maui’s southwestern contours, you’ll notice the sun shines a bit brighter as you approach the towns of Kihei and Wailea. With the most reliable weather on the island, Kihei is Maui’s sunshine capital. By day, enjoy Kihei’s flawless beaches and a variety of ocean activities like snorkeling, scuba, or stand-up paddling. By night, hit Kihei’s strip for a quick bite to eat and drink under a setting sun, or enjoy an upscale dinner at one of the many four- and five-star restaurants.
Accommodation options are far from limited in Kihei and Wailea. Condominium Rentals Hawaii makes that choice a bit easier. Coupled with its price-friendly costs, every CRH Maui condo provides guests with family-essential amenities like a washer and dryer and full kitchens. Enjoy your vacation without a care in the world. Most CRH Maui condos also have a pool, barbecue area, beach gear and even car rental packages.
A highlight of Maui’s summer season is the annual Maui Film Festival. From June 21 to 25, more than two dozen films, documentaries and tributes are showcased—in proper island style, of course. Hosted in Wailea, guests can mingle with celebrities and film critics in a laid-back, open-space atmosphere. Try the many cuisine and cocktail specialties prepared by Hawaii’s top chefs and mixologists. More than movies, the Maui Film Festival is a celebration of art in many forms.
From the remoteness of Hana to the luxury of Wailea, comfort is key on Maui. Tori Richard, with locations in Wailea and Kaanapali, has been stitching new additions to its relaxed fit, colorful lifestyle design collections by the year. Whether on island for business or pleasure, celebrate your day in paradise with a Tori Richard original.
This special section can be found in our May/June 2017 issue.