H. A. Baldwin Park, or Baldwin Park as the locals call it, is the largest and most popular local beach on the North Shore of Maui. It has all facilities, including lifeguards. Usually windy, so it’s not a good choice for visitors.
Also called the Episcopal Cemetery, Hale Aloha Cemetery in Lahaina is the final resting place for many of the early families who belonged to the Anglican Church.
Completed in 1858, Hale Aloha Church in Lahaina was used as a school and church for the local Protestants until it fell into ruins in the early 1900’s. The county restored it in 1974. The Episcopal Church was formed in Hawaii at the request of the Archbishop of Canterbury of England.
The Hale Pa’ahao (“stuck in irons house”) in Lahaina served as the prison for the unruly sailors from the 1850’s. It was built by the prisoners, and constructed with the rocks from the previous, older prison.
The Hale Pa’i Printing Museum on the hill above Lahaina is open to the public Monday thru Wednesday. The original printing press at this location printed the first newspaper west of the Rocky Mountains in 1834.
The Haleakala National Park at Kipahulu is at the end of Maui’s famous Road to Hana drive. Located at ‘Oheo Gulch, it’s a great place for pictures, walking and taking a dip in a fresh water pool. Note all warning signs.
The Haleakala National Park at Kipahulu has ample parking for all the cars that make the drive to the end of the Hana Highway. There is no food or drinks sold within the park, so you have to bring your own. And it can get warm in the summer, so bring plenty to drink.
At 10,023 feet high, Haleakala is the largest of the two volcanoes that make up the island of Maui. Cinder cones can be seen scattered across the floor of the caldera that was formed when the cooling summit sank during its formation.
Hana Bay is the center of social activity for the people of Hana. It’s a great place to stop on the drive of the Road to Hana. There is a snack shop, picnic tables, restrooms and showers available. Queen Ka’ahumanu was born in 1768 behind the hill you see in the photograph.
The Hana Cultural Center is the best place to learn about Hana and its people. It’s open Monday thru Thursday, and located near the entrance to Hana Bay.
Hana Town and Hana Bay, with its pier at the bottom left, can be seen above. The homes of the residents are on the right; Travaasa Hana hotel in the center; the flat green areas is Hana Ranch.
All the green fields you see around Hana belong to Hana Ranch, the largest cattle ranch on the island. From the 1850’s to the 1940’s, these hills were covered with growing sugar cane.
North of Lahaina is Hanakao’o Beach Park, or Canoe Beach as the locals call it, It’s a popular beach when canoes are racing just offshore. The beach runs north to the Hyatt Regency Maui. Has all facilities, including lifeguards.
Completed in 2004, the buildings with the teal color roof along Mokulele Highway in Pu’unene is the Hawaii National Guard Armory. During World War II, this area served as the U. S. Naval Air Station.
Ther Humpback Whale Museum building in Kihei. Great place to learn about the Humpback Whales.
Haycraft Park in Ma’alaea is a small beach park at the end of Hauole Street, primarily used by the nearby condominium residents and a few local fisherman.
Ho’okipa Beach Park just past Pai’a, or just Ho’okipa as the locals call it, is Maui’s World-Class Surfing and Windsurfing beach. By agreement, surfers have the water until 11 AM, then the wind- and kitesurfers have it.
Built in the 1890‘s, the Holy Ghost Church in Kula can be seen from great distances. This octagonal Catholic church was originally paid for by the sale of cattle donated by Portuguese ranchers.
The Anglican Church had several sites in Lahaina before settling on this location. The land for the current Holy Innocents Church was acquired in 1922, and is where Hawaii’s last reigning Monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani, lived as a child.
Honokohau Bay north of Kapalua isn’t really a visitor destination, though there is snorkeling and scuba diving when it’s calm here. But with the trade winds and swells usually creating rough conditions, its best to just look at it, and stay away from the water.
Honokowai Park in Honokowai is a small park without a sandy beach. Used mostly by residents and visitors in the area. Has swings and tables, but no other facilities.
Honolua Bay north of Kapalua is within the Honolua-Mokuleia Conservation District. Because of all the rocks and coral, this bay is an excellent snorkeling spot. Some of the access to this bay is on private property, so obey all signs.
At the opening to Honolua Bay on the north (right) side is the best surfing spot on this side of the island when the north swells are up. And because of the excellent snorkeling in this bay, many snorkel boats drop anchor here.
Hosmer Grove within the Haleakala National Park has an excellent walking trail within its woods with markers indicating the various trees growing at this elevation. Has fire pits and overnight camping. Has a great outdoor piney smell.
Photos of Maui Beaches & Drives
Aloha, welcome to Maui!