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

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.