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Maui Regions

As the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui encompasses a striking spectrum of landscapes and experiences. This is a land of remarkable contrasts: lush rainforests and moon-like mountaintops. Glittering beach resorts and rustic Upcountry cowboy ranches. Five-star restaurants and roadside farm stands along the Hāna Highway. Maui is divided into five distinct regions, each showcasing a unique and unforgettable side of the Magic Isle.

Regions of Maui

Visit Wailuku and explore the charming wooden storefronts around Market Street, showcasing dozens of family businesses, many of which have been in continuous operation for generations.
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Iao Valley State Park
This peaceful 4,000-acre, 10-mile long park is home to one of Maui's most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200-foot ʻĪao Needle.
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Along Maui's rugged eastern coastline is the peaceful town of Hāna, nestled in a remote and beautiful corner of the island.
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Honolua Bay
Honolua Bay on Maui's northwest shore is a favorite spot for experienced surfers.
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Once known as Lele, which means “relentless sun” in Hawaiian, Lahaina is a historic town that has been transformed into a Maui hotspot with dozens of art galleries and a variety of unique shops and restaurants.
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Kapalua, loosely translated to “arms embracing the sea,” is one of Maui’s premier resort areas located at the foot of the verdant Mauna Mauna Kahālāwai, or West Maui mountains.
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Kaanapali Beach
With three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder why Kāʻanapali Beach was once named America’s Best Beach.
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Just four miles into your drive to Hāna from Kahului, you'll discover the historic town of Pāʻia on Maui's north coast.
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Haleakala National Park
Towering over the island of Maui and visible from just about any point, Haleakalā Crater is a force of nature in every sense.
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In the heart of Upcountry Maui, Kula is a quaint, rustic area on the slopes of Haleakalā.
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Located on the mid-slopes of Maui’s Haleakalā volcano, Makawao has one foot in its plantation past and another in its thriving arts community.
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Kīhei is beach-combing territory on Maui’s southwest shore, the sunniest, driest end of the island.
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Makena Beach State Park
Maui's southwestern shores are home to many extraordinary beaches, including Mākena Beach, also known as "Big Beach" and considered one of the island's best.
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Molokini is a small, crescent moon-shaped islet that is a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District.
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Known for its five beautiful, crescent-shaped beaches and stellar golf courses, Wailea is a luxurious resort community in South Maui that spans 1,500 acres of land with staggering ocean views.
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Central Maui
Iao Valley State Park in Central Maui
Kahului is home to the island’s main airport and interesting attractions. Head to Wailuku for mom-and-pop shops and eateries along the way to the ʻĪao Valley State Park.
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East Maui
Waterfall off the Hana Highway in East Maui
Visitors who brave the Hāna Highway’s signature hairpin turns and narrow bridges are rewarded with out-of-this-world views of lush rainforests, gorgeous waterfalls and exotic beaches.
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South Maui
Wailea in South Maui
Escape to the tropical beaches of Kīhei, Mākena and Wailea; relax and unwind at a world-class resort or tee off at one of the 13 world-renowned golf courses.
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West Maui
Honoapiilani Highway in West Maui
One of Maui’s most famous stretches of coastline, Kāʻanapali Beach offers three miles of paradise where ocean adventures and total relaxation await.
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Upcountry Maui
Child feeding goats in Upcountry Maui
Watch the sunrise from the peak of Haleakalā, see ancient Hawaiʻi’s desert landscapes and discover unique, locally grown food.
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Driving Times from Kahului Airport (OGG)

Haleakalā: 2 hours
Hāna: 2 hours, 45 minutes (but expect longer with scenic stops along the way)
ʻĪao Valley: 30 minutes
Kāʻanapali: 50 minutes
Kapalua: 1 hour
Kīhei: 30 minutes
Wailea: 40 minutes
Wailuku: 15 minutes

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