THE FULLEST Guide to Maui
Maui is an alluring mix of natural beauty, outdoor activities, fresh food, and easy living. Long story short, Maui ticks all the boxes of a family holiday to a tropical paradise. So it makes sense that our founder and Editor-in-Chief, Nikki Bostwick, had a generous list of places to check out after her most recent visit to the island.
This wellness retreat hotel hosts daily yoga, meditation, and many more forms of classes and all are offered complimentary for guests. Also they have a unique spa menu, gorgeous grounds, a stunning saline pool, and farm to table restaurant.
If you’re after a more traditional resort, then head over to Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. This luxury hotel is set on 15 beachfront acres and blends local culture with hotel amenities. Enjoy regional farm-to-table dining, direct access to Mokapu Beach, and rooms boasting tropical views.
Looking for a honeymoon getaway or just some time alone with your partner or group of friends? This hotel is voted one of the world’s most romantic hotels and has a no kiddo policy. Enjoy some adult time and relax in its stunning and secluded grounds.
Choice Health Bar
This full plant-based cafe prioritizes ingredients that are local, organic, and healthy. They also have a zero waste initiative. Check out one of their three locations at Pa’ai, Lahaina, or Ka’Anapali.
Mana Foods is a unique gem located in the heart of Paia town and has become an integral part of the Maui community. It employs over 150 people and stocks over 400 local vendors. Also recognized for its variety of natural, local, and organic products, at affordable prices, Mana Foods strives to support the local business community.
Located in uptown Maui, you’ll find this wood fired pizzeria that is big on locally sourced ingredients inspired by the flavors of Italy. Specializing in Neapolitan-style sourdough pizza, they create modern and rustic meals with an extra dollop of island hospitality.
Crema at Marlow
Located inside Restaurant Marlow is Crema. This coffee spot is big on craft and their boutique menu will definitely appeal to everyone from those looking for a pick me up to caffeine connoisseurs.
Cafe des Amis
Located in Paia, this restaurant is a true mixed bag blending French, Mediterranean, and Indian cuisines. Make sure to sample their signature crepes and curries.
Located below the Paia Inn Hotel, this sushi restaurant has a fun vibe and reminds us a bit of Tulum. Definitely worth a visit!
Hawaiian Moon Natural Grocer
This is a wonderful natural market in Kihei (near Wailea) and is a great stop for snacks for the beach, juice, or smoothies. Plus if you’re running low, they have lots of supplements and holistic supplies.
Possibly the healthiest sushi of all time, this farm to table sushi track specializes in local fresh fish and has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. Plus, it’s completely dairy-free and mostly gluten-free featuring macadamia nut and tamari-based sauces.
Down to Earth Grocer
Great stop for snacks or heartier food options for before, during, or after beach activities! Also has a great nutrition and supplement aisle in case you need holistic remedies for any unforeseen ailments on the trip.
Alive and Well
This grocer and cafe became our go-to! We loved stopping by and ordering from their cafe and juice menu. The grocery area is incredibly small so you’re better off shopping nearby at Down to Earth or at Mana Foods in Paia.
A food truck located past Lahaina in a town called Kahului with the best coconut shave ice and coconut ice cream in Hawaii! Their slogan is “don’t panic, it’s organic.” They definitely speak our language.
Definitely one for the fam! We love this place for its casual and fun atmosphere that includes live music, craft drinks, and freshly caught fish. Something for foodies of all ages.
Kombucha has become the new wine tastings and we are about it. Check out the best of the booch from Maui’s local craftsmen.
Better Things Cafe
Super cute cafe on the North Shore of Maui, definitely worth a visit if you’re in need of a better-for-you donut or superfood bowl.
Female and family founded, these three sisters and their mom have created a gorgeous store full of amazing jewelry pieces, swimwear, and basics.
Holo Holo Surf
Located in Makawao, this little surf shop is full of pretty pieces that embody the Maui spirit from silk and printed maxi dresses to pastel pink surfboards.
Still dreaming of this island homewares store that has everything from vintage kantha quilts to pillows that are perfect for a backyard teepee. If you can’t make it to Maui, they also have an online store.
Upcountry Farmers Market
Located in Kula, this walk through farmers market is the place to go to stock up on local produce for your Airbnb. We suggest definitely picking up a coconut or seven!
This little town is famous for its art community and Hawaiian cowboys. Perfect for a morning or afternoon and enjoying a stroll through its food, galleries, and historic sites.
Lahaina Baby Beach
Accurately named baby beach, this is a shallow and sweet bay that’s the perfect place for little ones to enjoy an ocean dip.
Maui’s most famous volcano, this incredible crater is truly humbling in size and beauty. The World Heritage Site can be explored in numerous ways from huge sunrise hikes to an evening visit to its observatory. Plus, it’s full of ancient history and myth — definitely an unforgettable natural wonder.
Although located at Andaz Hotel, you can still check out this stunning beach — you’ll just need to pay for umbrellas and chairs for the day. The good news is that it’s easy with the kids so you don’t have to carry or rent all those things yourself and there are bathrooms and food/drink at the hotel if you run out!
Honolua Bay Park
A stunning, enchanting park with a forest of trees that you walk through right into the water — if you were looking for some island magic, this is the place for you.
The Maui Butterfly Farm
If like us, you think there is nothing more delightful and heart opening than seeing a butterfly — then make sure to check out Hawaii’s only public butterfly farm!