With tons of beauty to marvel at and countless ways to encounter adventure, it can be a little intimidating when mapping out your visit to Maui. If you’ve been beating your head on what to include in your 2020 Maui bucket list, worry no more! Whether you’re a local or visitor, we’ve put together your in depth outline on what to make sure you hit before the year is up or before your trip is over!
1. Poke from Tamura’s
The best way to eat like a local is to try Tamura’s fresh and ready poke to go. Made with fresh and ono sashimi grade ahi picked up every morning.
2. Experiencing a Haleakala sunrise
A sunrise at Haleakala is like nothing else in this world. Meaning “House of the Sun”, Halekala is a dormant volcano that offers beautiful and majestic views of the Maui skyline.
3. Hiking Olinda Forest
Walk through a peaceful forest of pine trees and windy trails that allow you to bask at the woodsy area and breathe in the crisp mountain air.
4. Discovering Twin falls
Walk the mini trail to two waterfalls cascading down the cliff into the beautiful pool of water. Or visit the Twin Falls Farm Stand and get yourself some local candy, chips, and fresh coconut water.
5. Black Rock
Probably the most crystal clear waters on Maui, Black Rock is a breathtaking beach on always-sunny Ka’anapali. Grab a snorkel and discover the colorful reef life along the edge of the beach.
6. Tin Roof Mochiko Chicken (Top Chef’s Sheldon SImeon)
Top Chef contestant Sheldon SImeon’s world-renowned homemade mochiko kitchen takes the cake! Made with ginger sake shoyu, sweet mochiko batter, and su-miso sauce with gochujang aioli made in-house.
7. Windmill Hike on the West Maui Mountains
If 6.5 miles up a mountain to the most beautiful views of South Maui sounds like a fun way to spend your day then this is the hike for you!
8. Lounging at Hamoa Beach
Lay out under the sun on one of Hana’s most beautiful beaches. Hamoa beach is lined with majestic hala trees and is the perfect getaway for a day of pristine swimming, snorkeling, or simply reading a good book on the sand.
9. Kahului Food Trucks
What better way to grab a bite for the whole family, including the most picky eaters! Choose from over 4 food trucks like Thai Mee Up, Like Poke?, Three’s Food Truck, Ono Teppanyaki & Seafood, Mo Ono, and Kiawe Wood Fire Grill for some ONOlicious local food.
10. A Day at Waianapanapa State Park
The best way to spend your day is at the only state park with a hidden freshwater cave, open lava tubes, and a black sand beach. The deep and rich history behind this park as well as the breathtaking trees and scenery will equally take your breath away.
11. ‘Iao Needle
Known as the second wettest place in the world, ‘Iao Needle (Kuka’emoku) is infamous for it’s incredible height and luscious green valley. Incredibly historic and uncomparable views make it a must see.
12. Walk the Ka’anapali Boardwalk
Possibly the most beautiful morning or sunset walk in the world, this 4.4 mile boardwalk runs along the Ka’anapali beach and gazes out onto the horizon. Perfect for families, pets, or those who want to get a daily jog without the sand while keeping the views! Stop for a delicious drink or snack at any of the shops.
13. Ho’okipa Lookout
Take a front seat to some of the biggest waves and best surfers on the island. As a hotspot for surfing competitions throughout the year and biggest swells on the island, Ho’okipa let’s you witness the thrill of surfing without ever touching the water.
14. Maui Tropical Plantation
Whether it’s ziplining over the beautiful property, riding the Tropical Express through an abundant garden, eating a fresh farm to table meal at the Mill House, savoring freshly made tropical fruit ice cream, or getting a locally made brew from the on property roasting house, there is something for everyone!
15. Conquering the B.I.G at Da kitchen
If you are a local food conseur then this challenge is one for your bucket list. Made with hamburger, chili, 2 eggs, mushrooms, onions, spam, cheese, bacon, Portuguese sausage, and fried rice, this feat is not for your average Joe.
16. A Class at Hui No’eau
For those who want more learning and art in their new year. The only non-profit visual arts center on the island, this is the only place you can take an incredibly expansive array of arts classes with professional equipment and leadership. Choose from glassblowing, ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, jewelry and more.
17. Dry Mein at Sam Sato’s
Nothing makes you scratch your head quite like a mile long line of people standing outside the smallest restaurant in Wailuku. Everyone knows no year is complete without at least 43729 bowls of Sam Sato’s famous dry mein. A combination of al dente noodles, bits of char siu pork, bean sprouts and cut green onions, nothing screams kanack attack quite like this.
18. Banana bread from Four Sisters Bakery
Possibly the best pastries you could ever gift yourself for breakfast, Four Sisters takes the cake for best homemade delicacies. Try their infamous banana bread, mango bread, or delicious buttery rolls.
19. Snorkeling Molokini crater
If crystal clear waters, diverse and beautiful coral reefs, and family fun adventure is your thing then this is an adventure for you. Snorkeling Molokini crater has to be the best way to discover Hawaiian waters in a safe yet breathtaking way.
20. Hiking Haleakala crater
As one of the most sacred sites on Maui, hiking the beautiful volcanic craters is a magical experience on it’s own. Be aware of the extremely high elevation and much endurance needed while you take in the magnificent landscape and expansive skyline views.