Maui – Regions

The five regions of Maui offer its visitors a taste of the endless beauty that this island portrays. Many roads wind around near the coastline that begins to appear as an endless white sand beach with perfect waves for swimming, snorkeling, or surfing. Exotic plants, trees, and flowers that thrive in the warmth of the tropical weather surround the coastlines of Maui. One of the most beautiful and widespread blooming flowers along the coastline is the plumeria.

Some regions resemble more of a resort area for visitors and those with a more luxurious taste that live along the coast in condominiums. Other regions are strong in its cultural values embracing the old ways of ranching. It is easy to experience both the mountainous terrain and beautiful oceans in just one day of traveling.

Maui is a popular island for visitors to Hawaii. Its endless beautiful beaches, scenic points, and warm weather are enticing to both visitors and the locals of the island. The roads still remain simple with no more than four lanes (two lanes in each direction) of highway around the island stretching from region to region. There are no freeways. Traffic is manageable and the environment is very welcoming with scenic views no matter where you drive on the island.

West Maui

West Maui is identified by Native Hawaiians as the place where ancient Hawaiians of royalty would gather. This region has a beautiful coastline that is surrounded by the expansion of luxury resorts, shopping venues from high-end brands to local items, and a variety of dining options. It also has much beauty to explore giving visitors countless activities to participate in. This region is mostly sunny, being great for many outdoor activities. It is home to the famous and mostly visited town of Lahaina. Lahaina consists of many hotels, resorts, shopping, and beautiful seaside dining along its long stretches of white sand beaches with perfect views of the ocean and breaths of fresh sea air. The fresh sea breeze is felt throughout this area with miles of white sand beaches to sink your feet into. Kapalua is this regions main resort area that also sits on the white sand beaches in this sunny region of West Maui where visitors gather to experience one of the most beautiful islands in Hawaii.

South Maui

The South Maui region has miles of white sand beaches with the most beautiful coastline to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and going on romantic strolls along the widespread beach of the calm blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Although the waters are generally calm, as the tide rises, so does the force of the small waves. It is important to never turn your back to the ocean. This area is the sunniest of all of Maui’s regions, and therefore the driest, but the most popular. From this region, you are able to see the other Hawaiian islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe. It is a “laid back” community where you can always see locals enjoying the sunny days along the entire coastline. The whales are especially seen in this area during the season of December through May, and it includes many opportunities for sea adventures, shopping, and dining.

Central Maui

This region is marked mostly with historical Native Hawaiian sites and small towns to explore without the crowds of a large city. This region is where you will land when you arrive by plane at the Kahului airport. More local people live in this region away from the busy, large resorts. This region has everything modern that is needed, such as shopping malls, as well as casual dining experiences with the comforting style of slow living with no one in a rush to get anywhere. The most popular town in this region is Wailuku, which is a common area for local people of Maui to dine and shop away from the popular resort areas.


The Upcountry Maui region is located on the green slopes of the Haleakala Mountain. Due to is elevation, this region is often much cooler than the lower regions by the seashore. This area is where ranchers thrive, raising their livestock to supply the island with food. The growing of Native Hawaiian plants, trees, and flowers are heavy in this area due to its perfect precipitation. Farmers are also abundant in this reason, and grow mainly taro and sweet potatoes, which are the staples of the Native Hawaiian diet. The taro and sweet potatoes, along with other produce that are grown locally are used at many restaurants around the island supporting their sustainability. One of the most popular crops is the Maui onion that is not only used locally, but is shipped out to other islands. It is one of the most favorite onions in Hawaii.

East Maui

The region of East Maui is full of the greenery of Native Hawaiian plants and trees. It is the most famous for its winding road that takes you to the town of Hana. This small town is a place where the ancient Native Hawaiian ways of living are still practiced today and passed on to future generations. Through the 52 miles drive from the town of Kahului, the beauty of the island through its scenic routes, waterfalls, and tropical Native Hawaiian forests will grace you. Hana has been preserved from modernization and has held strong to its Native Hawaiian values and customs. It is also home to the famous natural wonder, Waimoku Falls.