central maui

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.

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Where to Eat in Wailuku, Maui

If you’re wondering where to eat in Wailuku, Maui, here are all the best local gems, from Japanese and Thai to Italian and even a funky coffee bar. Wailuku is also home to the famous Sam Sato’s, which is as infamously hard to locate.

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Getting Around Central Maui

Getting around Central Maui is fairly easy, with a reliable bus network and several car rental options. Depending on your budget, you might want to stick to the bus routes for the most part and rent a vehicle only if you plan to venture off the beaten path or your schedule is tight.

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Maui Horseback Riding Tours

Seeing Maui from horseback is an enjoyable, at times thrilling experience. Often there are views of Maui unreachable any other way, and if you’re interested in more than reading about Hawaii’s paniolo heritage, visiting a ranch and striking out on horseback is the way to do it. Though there are plenty of guided horseback tours available, each one differs fairly significantly in the type of terrain, riding, and overall experience offered.

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Central Maui Biking

Despite the steep grade of the West Maui Mountains there aren’t any official mountain biking trails in Central Maui. There is, however, a popular road cycling route, and the North Shore Greenway, which is a dedicated bike path. Here’s more about those two routes along with recommended rental shops.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.