Maui Regions

From the peak of Haleakala to the sands of Maui’s beautiful beaches, Hawaii’s second largest island is separated into five distinct regions: West Maui, South Maui, Central Maui, Upcountry Maui and East Maui.

Pools of Oheo, Maui

East Maui

Pools of Oheo, Maui The Pools of Oheo, located just past Hana, are beautiful pools fed by cascading waterfalls.

Hana, Maui Hana is a small, untouched town on Maui’s eastern coastline. To get here visitors must travel one of the world’s most scenic drives.


Rainbow over Wailuku, Maui

Central Maui

Wailuku, Maui The gateway to Iao Valley, Wailuku is the county seat of Maui’s government.

Iao Valley State Park, Maui Central Maui’s Iao Valley State Park features one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200-foot Iao Needle.


Welcome to Makawao, Maui Sign

Upcountry Maui

Haleakala National Park, Maui Haleakala National Park, a scenic national park on the island of Maui and home to Maui’s highest peak.

Kula, Maui Upcountry Maui’s rustic town of Kula is known for its produce farms and botanical gardens.

Makawao, Maui A rural, artistic community on the slopes of Upcountry Maui, Makawao is home to the Paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy.

Paia, Maui Historic Maui town that is near Hookipa Beach, the windsurfing capital of the world.


Aerial photo of Wailea, Maui

South Maui

Wailea, Maui Wailea, on the south shore of Maui, is a luxurious resort community known for crescent-shaped beaches and world-class golf.

Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach), Maui Makena Beach, also known as “Big Beach,” is one of the largest beaches in Maui.

Kihei, Maui Kihei, on the southwest shore of Maui, features six miles of beaches.

Molokini, Maui Molokini is a small island a few miles off of Maui’s southwestern coast that’s well suited for snorkelers and divers.


Puu Kekaa (Black Rock), Kaanapali Beach

West Maui

Kaanapali Beach, Maui Kaanapali Beach is the signature beach of West Maui.

Honolua Bay, Maui Honolua Bay is a famous big wave surf spot during the winter surf season.

Kapalua, Maui Kapalua is loosely translated to “arms embracing the sea,” and it is one of Maui’s premier resort areas.

Lahaina, Maui Lahaina is a historic whaling village and lively west Maui hot spot.


Map showing driving times on MauiDriving Times from Kahului Airport (OGG) to:

  1. Haleakala: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  2. Hana: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  3. Iao Valley: 25 minutes
  4. Kaanapali: 50 minutes
  5. Kapalua: 1 hour
  6. Kihei: 25 minutes
  7. Lahaina: 45 minutes
  8. Wailea: 35 minutes
  9. Wailuku: 10 minutes

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