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Whether you’re heading to Maui for the first time or the fiftieth, there is always something new to discover. Hawaii’s third most populated island received its name according to Hawaiian legend where the Hawaiian god Hawaiiloa named the island after his son.

From Haiku to Hana, you can sip and sightsee your way to the best of Maui — we recommend starting off with a hop over to Hana and ending your day with a lip-smacking island luau.

If you’re planning a dip into the Valley Aisle, you’ll want to book some of these Maui activities into your schedule to experience just some of what the island has to offer.

Heavenly Hana Adventure Tour

Explore East Maui with an otherworldly adventure showcasing some of the most scenic spots in all Hawaii. We recommend packing a sweater and comfortable walking shoes to tap into this Maui activity, which takes participants on a 68-mile, narrated tour to and through Hana.

On the Heavenly Hana Adventure Tour, participants twist and turn their way to Hana, spanning bridges and beaches enjoying the lush landscape with stops at Keanae Valley Lookout and Waianapanapa State Park. Along the way, you’ll catch snapshots of well-known Maui landmarks like Wailua Falls, Puuhokomoa Falls, Waikani Falls, Ohea Streams and Pools and Hookipa Beach — and likely, a glimpse of local windsurfers, whipping up the warm island waters.

At the divine destination of Hana, participants can soak in the charm of this quintessentially rustic, old-Hawaii village. With a sip at Tedeschi Winery and splash in Hana Bay, you’ll enjoy soaking in Maui’s slow-paced lifestyle.

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Drums of the Pacific Luau

Beat a quick step over to Kaanapali Beach in West Maui and get caught up in the rhythm and romance of the Drums of the Pacific Luau. The perfect activity to get wowied on Maui, here guests are welcomed with a shell lei and ice cold Mai Tai as they soak in the live Hawaiian music and stunning Hawaii sunset.

If your opu (stomach) is a rumbling, just wait a few moments for the sound of the conch shell, signaling the start of the traditional Hawaiian imu ceremony where a full roast pig is removed ceremoniously from an imu or underground oven. Here you’re treated to a buffet fit for island royalty including kalua pork, Polynesian rice, poi, ahi poke, haupia (a coconut dessert), huli huli chicken, teriyaki beef and lomi salmon. If all that food has you parched, you can wash it down at the open bar featuring Mai Tais and traditional island-inspired cocktails.

End the evening getting swept up in the Maui magic with live Hawaiian entertainment including dance, music and a fire-knife display inspired by old Hawaii.

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One Day Maui Tour (Healakala, Iao Valley, Lahaina)

For travelers trapped on another island, you can still make your way over to majestic Maui with one of our one-day tours (Robert’s Hawaii also offers a one-day Maui tour to Hana). Zip on over and in less than 24 hours, experience Maui’s greatest sites with stops at Haleakala, Iao Valley and Lahaina.

This tour focuses on Maui’s not-to-be-missed activities, including the hotly anticipated volcanoes at the Haleakala National Park. Haleakala (translated in Hawaiian, it means Land of the Rising Sun), takes visitors to new heights and is the perfect Maui locale for those spending the night on the island to watch the sun rise in the a.m. After Haleakala point your way over to Iao Needle, a historical landmark where King Kamehameha I defeated Maui’s army (make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy).

Then wander over to Wailuku and Lahaina — a 19th century whaling village now a street mecca for visitors — where you can wile the day away grabbing grub at one of the many Maui restaurants, and wandering through the area’s selection of boutiques and galleries.

When booking this trip make sure to remember that as a result of airline restrictions, name changes are not permitted and all participants need to bring a valid ID for airport security. We recommend guests wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light sweater or jacket to throw on to protect against upcountry Maui’s cooler, more unpredictable weather.

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Honuaula Luau

Get a taste for Hawaii’s authentic Hawaiian fare with the Honuaula Luau, perfect for families or large groups looking for a way to extend the evening. Starting at $105 for adults, you can take advantage of this Maui luau’s many offerings including Hawaiian games, arts, crafts and tattoo demonstrations and live Hawaiian music.

Located at the Grand Wailea, this island event features a sumptuous spread of local favorites including poi, oriental noodle salad, namasu, teriyaki steaks, fried rice, lomi lomi salmon, kalua pig, shoyu chicken, taro rolls and much more. Pair it all with your favorite beverage from the open bar, which features beer, wine and other tropical drinks.

Afterwards kick up your legs and enjoy a performance sharing the story of ancient Maui through traditional Hawaiian chanting and hula dance.