Taste of Maui City Tours
Maui harbors a bounty of unique island Boutiques & Art Galleries, nurtures a thriving Artisan Community and boasts an eclectic mix of 'Local' Eateries influenced by our ethnic & cultural diversity. Let us take you "off-the-beaten-track", away from the Resorts to where the 'locals' go to shop and eat. Create a tour with stops that offer a good mix of your interests, specifically selected to strike the right balance. Customized to your 'Taste.'
Maui Arts & Cultural * Lahaina * Kihei * Wailuku * Kula * Makawao * Hui No'eau * Paia * Haiku Cannery
Maui is a unique island with a thriving Asian community and eclectic mix of cafes and restaurants influenced by Hawaii’s diverse culture. In the Taste of Maui Custom Tour, we take you to the local spots to give you a real taste of Hawaiian life. Some of the local Maui cities featured in this tour are Kihei, Wailuku, Paia, Kula, Makawao and Lahaina.
Kihei town is our South shore town adjacent to Wailea. It is best known for its dry climate, warm sun and six miles of stunning white sandy beaches. Kihei also provides a clear view of Molokini, Kahoolawe, Lanai and West Maui. Kihei’s Kalama Park is one of the best places on the island to learn how to surf. You’ll find quite a few options such as Maui Beach Boys and Maui Wave Riders. On the north end of Kihei, a bit further from town is the Kealia pond, part of the National Wildlife conservation, which aside from the stunning mountain and ocean views, features many wild birds and a beautiful boardwalk, perfect for a leisurely stroll.
Moving towards the center of the island is old Wailuku town, a commercial center and home to the Maui County’s government offices. Wailuku’s Market Street is home to dozens of Mom-and-Pop stores. The area is shut down on the first Friday of every month for a street celebration including live music, food and shopping. The town is also home to the Bailey Museum, Kaahumanu Church and perhaps the most famous site, Iao Valley. After a short drive through Wailuku town, you’ll reach the stunning 2,250 feet tall Iao Needle, one of the wettest places on earth. It was here in 1970, where King Kamehameha I conquered the army of Maui. About five minutes from Wailuku is another industrial town, Kahului, where you’ll want to stop and visit the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, home to all of Maui’s major events and art exhibitions.
Paia town connects Central Maui to upcountry. The town was founded in 1896. It gives off a Paniolo (cowboy) feel, with a blend of famous restaurants such as Flatbread Co.,Paia Fish Market and Mama’s Fish House, in addition to charming boutiques such as Maui Girl. To top it off, Paia is nestled in between Baldwin beach and the famous Ho’okipa Beach Park. Following the Hana Highway leading through Paia will connect you to Haiku. Otherwise, Baldwin Avenue will connect you to Makawao. Similar to Paia, the eclectic town of Makawao is a Paniolo town. It is also home to the famous Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, where you can unlock your creativity with an art class and enjoy the lush grounds.
Lahaina, located on the Northwestern side of the island is the largest town on Maui. From 1820 to 1845, Lahaina was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The town is typically warm, sunny and dry. There are two options to get to Lahaina, either the commute route on Honoapiilani Highway or the “back route” on Kahekili Highway. The later takes twice as long but is stunningly beautiful and largely uninhabited. Lahaina is known for its fantastic waves such as at Olowalu and Launiupoko Beach Park. The town is also famous for Front Street, home to fantastic restaurants, bars, shops and art galleries, not to mention it's right along the amazing turquoise water.
Book our Akina Taste of Maui custom city tour to explore each of Maui’s unique towns with our knowledgeable tour guides and get a feel for the island.