Yes, we all know this is the perfect place to unwind. Indeed, some come here and never leave their posh Maui villas, taking it all in from a beachfront patio.
There’s nothing wrong with this approach, but what about those seeking a little action? If you’re looking to party in Maui, here are a few ways to set it off.
Hang With The Locals
Knocking a few drinks back with the locals is a great way to get the party started. There are great local bars all over the island, and Kahale’s Beach Club in Kihei really sets the standard.
It has that slight dive bar-ish look that screams local, and inside you’ll find a friendly atmosphere that’s great for making a friend or two. There’s only a small appetizer menu, but Kahale’s does host the island’s longest happy hour from 10am to 5pm. They’ve even got live Hawaiian music most nights – drop in and loosen up.
Wait, what? It may be tough for non-islanders to pronounce, but don’t let that dissuade you. Lovers of outdoor life will revel in this annual festival, a tribute to the ocean and the culture that surrounds it.
Thousands gather each May on Maui’s north shore for competitive ocean paddler races and an 8-mile downwind run. There’s also traditional hula and Hawaiian games, live music, canoe sailing and of course surfing.
Attend a Luau
This is a must during your visit, as Maui’s luaus are considered the best in Hawaii. Everyone gathers at sunset for live music, hula, and an amazing feast of roast pig, coconut pudding and poi.
The Old Lahaina Luau is perhaps the largest and most popular, with a spectacular oceanfront setting just off Front Street. Many hotels and resorts host their own luaus as well, with the Sheraton’s Black Rock Luau on exquisite Kaanapali Beach being particularly noteworthy.
Dance The Night Away
When it’s time to get dressed up and explore the nightclub scene, head for Ambrosia Martini Lounge in Kihei. This is an upscale environment with a great cocktail selection, specializing of course in martinis.
After 10pm, the scene becomes less lounge and more traditional nightclub, with DJs playing contemporary dance music. So if you plan on getting your groove on, you might think to wear something other than flip-flops.
Gather a few friends together and head out for a spectacular road trip along Maui’s famous highway to Hana. Starting in Kahului, the 68-mile drive features magnificent scenery, with twisting curves and 59 bridges along the way.
Pack a picnic, as you’ll inevitably want to stop at one of the beautiful spots en route. And whether or not you stop in Hana, be sure to carry on 10 minutes farther south to the pools of Oheo, where waterfalls spill into the Pacific.