When is it Appropriate to Travel to Maui?
Where can I go when I come to Maui?
Come to South Maui! Here is what a current guest in one of the Wailea Ekahi condos just sent us:
Governor Josh Green, MD, the Mayor of Maui, Richard Bissen and the Hawaii Tourism Association (HTA) have all put out the message that while Maui is open and welcomes volunteers and encourages visitors to South, East & North Maui, West Maui is closed to all but residents & essential personnel. The Governor's emergency proclamation REQUESTS "only essential travel to West Maui until October 17. The disaster emergency relief period shall commence immediately (Aug 19) and continue through October 17, 2023, unless terminated or superseded by separate proclamation, whichever shall occur first.".
SIXTH PROCLAMATION RELATING TO WILDFIRES, August 19, 2023
Will this info change? Quite likely. The hotels and condos along the coast north of Lahaina were not damaged by the fire, but were impacted with loss oof utilities & communication. West Maui is already getting power and Internet back, stores & restaurants are beginning to reopen and a fence to help keep the ash from the fire contained has been erected around the borders of the fire area in Lahaina. The road to West Maui is open without check points to all except at night when it is only open to residents and essential personnel.
Visitors, no matter how respectful they try to be, will be competing for resources (including vital communications like Internet, phone, medication, basic supplies & food.) with displaced residents. Time is needed to see how things settle. We suggest you wait til October if you want to stay on the West Side.
What can I do on Maui - not on the West Side?
- Beaches Galore - Wailea, Makena & Kihei:
Sugar Beach in Kihei near Maalaea is great for surfing, the Kamaole I, II, & III beaches in Kihei are great for swiming & snorkeling. Keawakapu, Wailea and many more down the South Shore to Makena's Big Beach & Baby Beach are just a few
- Maui Ocean Center in Ma'alaea Harbor
Wonder Aquarium for all ages - Mini Golf, Rock climbing in this area too
- Ma'alaea Boat Tours
Ferry to Lanai, snorkeling trips to Molokini, and more
- Haleakala National Park:
Hiking trails, amazing sunsets and sunrises,moonscapes and rain forests.
- Iao Valley State Park:
Lush and green - waterfalls, museums, amazing views
- Road to Hana:
You have all heard of this iconic drive. Start in Paia - Shops & restaurants on Baldwin ave remind you of Lahaina Consider a tour (small group or family) to help with conjestion and stops at the best waterfalls, road side stands, beaches etc
Lavender Farm (open Friday through Monday from 10 am to 4 pm),
Surfing Goat Dairy (open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.)
Golf at Pukalani.
Kula: Amazing nursery's & protea farms (18 structures were lost to fires here too so be respectful)
Maui Wine (museum, tastings, open Tues-Sunday 11am-5 PM)
Ocean Vodka, and
Makawao for more art, a bakery and great food. - There is a Polo field here to as it's Cowboy country but matches tend to be in May. Also winery, vodka
The Isthmus has the DUNES of MAUI LANI (links style course); Upcountry = PUKALANI; Kihei = Maui Nui (has an amazing driving range): Wailea Gold, Emerald & Old Blue
Maui Brewing Co, Kihei Boat ramp - tours to lava coves, Molokini & more
- Farmers markets, Swap Meets
Prepare for your trip - understand Hawaii.
Every destination has its own set of unwritten rules regarding cultural etiquette. Hawai‘i is no different. MOC joins HTA & HVCB in sharing the do’s and don’ts with visitors for their time in the Hawaiian Islands
Guided hikes for the family
How to shoreline fish