1. Thriving arts and cultural scene.
Big name acts, bands and shows regularly pass through the Maui Arts and Cultural Center
. Every Friday evening, Lahaina turns into Hawaii’s art capital when artists work and display outside their Front Street galleries. The Lahaina Arts Association sponsors an outdoor art fair under the giant Banyan Tree
in Lahaina on a bi-monthly basis.
Maui’s private schools include names like Seabury Hall
, Haleakalā Waldorf
. Despite a statewide reputation for poor public education, Maui public schools such as King Kekaulike High School
have sent graduates to Harvard, Stanford and Yale in the last few years.
World class shopping at Wailea Resort
and in Lahaina
will cater to the fashionista’s wildest dreams. Old Town Wailuku is famous among locals for antiques and local color, and Queen Ka’ahumanu Center
has everything the heart could possibly desire. There’s even Costco
and Whole Foods
Haleakalā. Meaning “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian, this massive extinct volcano
is a national park with observatories, breathtaking views and unique flora, including the threatened Silversword
, a plant found nowhere else on Earth.
5. Rare wildlife and active conservation.
Maui is home to a large portion of Hawaii's native bird population and, because of highly active conservation efforts, the island’s rainforest is some of the healthiest in the world.