5 Favorites: Maui

Posted by Adam Warner

Highlighted by one of the world's most breathtaking drives and the ultimate luau experience, these five activities and destinations should be at the top of every honeymoon must-do list for the Hawaiian island of Maui.


1. Eat

Hali'imaile General Store

Located in a charmingly restored plantation store, chef Bev Gannon has created one of Maui's most memorable dining experiences. With its vibrant colors, high ceilings and open-aired "upcountry" ambiance, the restaurant is both relaxing and romantic. As for the cuisine, couples can expect American-inspired menu items with "hints of Asian flavors" -- all made from fresh island ingredients.

Haliimaile. bevgannonrestaurants.com/haliimaile/.

2. Drink

Grandma's Coffee House

Make your way up the slopes of Mt. Haleakala to Grandma's Coffee House, which has been roasting up organic coffee since 1918. Be sure to sit for a while out on their wooden deck and soak in breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean. Breakfast is served daily and dinner is available Wednesday through Saturday.

Keokea. www.grandmascoffee.com.

3. Stay

Travaasa Hana

This resort is a perfect choice for getting away from it all. Located on the remote eastern edge of Maui, the tiny town of Hana is a spiritual place ideal for relaxation, reflection, and immersion in nature. The ranch-style property, which fully embraces the town's lifestyle, features several dining options and a fabulous spa, plus many outdoor activities, including horseback riding, snorkeling, and hiking.

Hana. travaasa.com/hana.

4. Explore

The Road to Hana

Some believe that if heaven had a highway, it would look exactly like Maui's Road to Hana. Packed with lush terrain, waterfalls, canyons, hidden beaches, sea caves, blowholes, swimming holes, and roadside stands, this long and winding drive is truly spectacular. Relaxing, adventurous and visually stunning all at once, few drives in the world offer the possibilities and sights that Hana Highway does.

Hana. www.hanamaui.com

5. Visit

Old Lahaina Luau

If you're both visiting Hawaii for the first time, an authentic luau experience is a must -- and several spots on the island do it right. Earning our highest recommendation, Old Lahaina Luau features some of the island's best performers surrounding an evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, dancing, music, and stories. Also, the Marriott at Wailea has a wonderful luau experience and is the only performance on the island featuring fire dancers.

Lahaina. www.oldlahainaluau.com.

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