5 Must-Visit Historic Sites in Maui
Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island with the greatest number of accessible beaches, vast valleys perfect for hiking, and an abundance of wildlife. The best way to learn about Maui is to understand its past. Let us take you on a tour of some of the best historic sites in Maui.
Sugar cane was an incredibly important part of Maui’s economy. It was the island’s primary industry from the 1800’s to the 1960s. Visit the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum to learn about the industry’s history in Maui and how it’s shaped Hawaii into the diverse state it is today. Understanding the significance of this museum forms the backbone of modern Hawaiian history!
Hana is the most isolated town in Hawaii, overlooking Hana Bay. Explore the early life of Hawaii through stories of people that lived in Hana and discover over 560 artifacts leftover from the village of Kauhale. The courthouse is part of the exhibit but is still in use today! Hours are Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, but the museum is run by volunteers, so hours may differ. Entry is a donation of $3 per person.
Haleakala National Park is considered a scared place for it’s history and diverse wildlife. Visit the summit at sunset — or sunrise — to for an unforgettable experience. From over 10,000 feet in the sky you’ll watch the sky fill with shades of yellow and orange. You can also spot four Hawaiian islands from the summit, including Lana’i, Kahoolawe, Molokai, and O’ahu! Ready to plan your trip to Haleakala National Park? Download Shaka Guide’s Maui app and take our Haleakala driving tours.
Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is one of the last natural wetland habitats in Hawaii. It is home to over 30 species of birds, including many endangered species. During your visit you can photograph unique wildlife, learn about the environment, and develop an appreciation for the endangered species that call Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge home.
Maui Tropical Plantation is an agricultural paradise on 500-acres of farmland. Spend the day exploring — take a 40-minute train to learn about Hawaii’s fruits and plants while participating in a coconut husking demonstration. You can also fly over Maui on one of the the plantation’s zipline tours.
Each Hawaiian Island is unique, and a visit to any of these spots will help you learn more about Maui’s culture and history!
When you’re in Hawaii, we ask that you act respectfully towards the locals, land and wildlife. Please pick up your trash; never touch any marine life, plants, or other animals; and avoid spots that are unsafe. Hawaii’s natural resources are precious, it’s up to all of us to help preserve these resources.
Traveling to Maui? Check out our six driving tours on the island!