The Bailey House Museum.

Cultural Sights of Central Maui

One of the reasons that Maui is no ka oi (the best) is that it truly does have a little of everything: tropical weather, world-class beaches, multicultural cuisine, hidden waterfalls, and live entertainment and cultural exhibitions on par with any metropolitan urban center. Here are the cultural sights of Central Maui.

The Kilauea Caldera, visible from the Kilauea Visitor Center in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s Kilauea Visitor Center Area

As they say in the Sound of Music, “Let’s start at the very beginning, the very best place to start,” i.e., the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s Kilauea Visitor Center. You’ll find helpful rangers full of information about the area, various displays and interpretations, the necessary permits for backcountry hiking, and a whole lot more.

Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Toronto for Culture Vultures 3-Day Itinerary

A long weekend in Toronto will give you time to enjoy the city’s museums, galleries, and theaters. In three days, this packed itinerary takes you to the most popular locations and interesting sights for the culturally-inclined.

Watercolor painting by Winslow Homer of Bermuda's coast.

The Birdsey Studio and Other Bermuda Artists

Scores of artists made their way to Bermuda in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, with many finding fresh energy to paint and draw. Learn about their time in Bermuda, their works, and contemporary painter Jo Birdsey-Linberg, daughter of painter Alfred Birdsey, whose studio remains open to the public.

The gardens at the historic Parker Ranch are open to visitors.

Waimea Sights

Waimea sights are distinctly cultural in nature with two heritage sites to explore and a fine art museum focused on Hawaiian and Asian pieces. Make sure to plan ahead, especially if you’d like to take a guided tour, as it’s easy to lose track of time while wandering.

Koloa offers shoppers many boutiques, galleries, souvenir shops, and clothing stores.

Shopping in Koloa, Kaua‘i

Shopping in Koloa on the south side of Kaua‘i is contained to several areas where many boutiques, galleries, souvenir shops, and clothing stores are clustered together. Many offer local goods, giving you a chance to support the island and sometimes get a sneak-peek into how things are made.

A beautiful beach in Po'ipu, Kaua'i.

Shopping in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i

Shopping in Po‘ipu on Kaua‘i’s south side is weighted towards arts and crafts of all kinds from home decor to furniture to jewelry. Amongst all the galleries and boutiques you’ll find a few clothing stores that meet island apparel needs.

Luxury brand storefronts on Kalakaua avenue in Waikiki.

Shopping in Waikiki

As a major beachfront neighborhood, shopping in Waikiki runs the gamut from high-end luxury items and galleries featuring local artists to aloha gear and quaint souvenir shops. These are the best locations to scratch your shopping itch, and even if you’ve got a budget to stick to, most are still well-worth a leisurely browse for fun.

A performer on stage at the Ong King Art Center in Honolulu.

The Arts in Honolulu’s Chinatown

With nearly 20 art galleries supporting and promoting local talent, Chinatown is the heart of Honolulu’s art scene. Here are a few unique locations to whet your creative appetite.