A brightly-lit stream seen through moss-covered trees.

Where to Eat from North Hilo to ‘Akaka Falls

Where to eat from North Hilo to ’Akaka Falls is very limited, so definitely plan accordingly. Both options are small and simple—a smoothie stand and a farmer’s market—but never disappointing for freshness or flavor, and there’s even a bit of shopping to be had.

A gourmet burger with a thick slice of melting cheese from Village Burger in Waimea.

Waimea Restaurants

Waimea is home to a great variety of foods from Hawaiian-style Mexican to burgers, local fare, and great comfort food, and one upscale restaurant worth the visit. Our authors give you all the info on the best, whether you’re looking for quick and easy, a few dollars saved, or a truly local experience.

The Hoapili Trail through a rocky landscape near La Perouse Bay in South Maui.

Hiking Hoapili Trail in South Maui

Anyone who heads out on the Hoapili Trail will realize right away that this isn’t your average hike. Hot and barren and set in the middle of nowhere, the Hoapili Trail isn’t as much about hiking as it is about taking a literal step back in time.

The rolling rust-colored landscape of Haleakala Crater on Maui.

Discover Upcountry Maui

Upcountry is Maui’s little secret. It’s where you throw on a light flannel and take a morning drive through the crisp mountain air, perhaps stopping to relax on the porch of a family-run coffeehouse. It’s a place to hike, sample Maui’s only vineyard, and holds the honor of Maui’s most artistic community.

The sun shines on a sea turtle resting on the sand of Makalawena beach.

The Best North Kona Beaches

Many of the best Kona beaches require some work to get to, and the walk over uneven lava can be difficult for some. There are equal amounts of beaches that don’t require any walking beyond from the parking lot to the sand, so feel free to out of the beaches that require more effort to get to.

A spout of water erupts through the rock on Maui's western coast.

Off the Beaten Track: Maui’s Northwestern Coast

Sightseeing along Maui’s northwestern coast is a delight for anyone interested in a little of this and a little of that. There’s a scenic drive (not for the timid with its narrow, curving roads), natural wonders that go from the actively awe-inspiring to the serene, and of course, a good dose of local culture and history.

A kitesurfer at Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui.

Discover Central Maui

Central Maui is the first part of the island most visitors will encounter. More than just the island’s business and commercial hub, Central Maui has an underlying charm, a lot of history, and if you’re looking for a culinary scene or to step outside ‘resort Maui’, this is where to go.

Flowers grow along a path with the verdant hills of Manoa Valley visible.

Honolulu Hiking and Birding

Honolulu bird-watching is specifically tied to hiking, as the best spots to sight forest birds are along the many trails. Each location here has half a dozen route or more, usually easily combined for a longer hike and customizable by terrain, so you can have as easy or as difficult a hike as you’d like.