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Maui Historic Places

Maui’s rich history offers plenty of special places to explore, ranging from heritage sites that provide significant historical, cultural and environmental contributions, to natural wonders, and everything in between. These must-see destinations have been visited by the people of Hawaii for generations.
Maui Heritage Sites
On Maui, there are two Heritage Sites of Hawaii. Haleakala National Park is a stunning natural wonder spanning from Upcountry Maui’s highest point (10,023 feet) to the southeastern coast of Kipahulu. Covering 30,004 acres, this park has the largest concentration of endangered species of any national park. It is also known for unforgettable Haleakala sunrises atop its soaring summit.
Just beyond the Maui county seat of Wailuku, you’ll discover the lush Iao Valley State Monument. Home to the Iao Needle, one of Maui’s most famous landmarks, this is the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai, where the forces of King Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790. Culturally and spiritually significant to Maui, this beautiful heritage site is the perfect spot for a short, relaxing hike that’s complemented by historical markers describing the battle.
Kaanapali Beach
Kaanapali was once a retreat for the royalty of Maui. On the northern side of Kaanapali Beach is the sacred spot of Puu Kekaa, also known as Black Rock. Ancient Hawaiians believed this cliff was a jumping-off place for the soul to enter the spirit world. Today, you can watch the daily sunset cliff-diving ceremony, which reenacts the feat of King Kahekili, who bravely dove from this sacred spot.
Lahaina Historic Trail
The seaport town of Lahaina served as the center of government for the Hawaiian monarchy for nearly five decades until the mid-1800s. Lahaina was also an international whaling center in the 1800s. You can visit the sites of these periods by taking the self-guided Lahaina Historic Trail, which highlights 62 important historical landmarks.
A visit to remote Hana in East Maui is like stepping back in time. Undeveloped and pristine, you can sense the tradition and aloha that surrounds this lush town. Just beyond Hana in Kipahulu, you can find the grave of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh in a small country church.

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