M.V.A.D explores: Maui
Maui is one place I've spent many, many months exploring! I recently returned from a 3 week trip on April 13th where I found a handful of gems that I'd love to share!
Different cities cater to different types of people, from families who enjoy resorts and golfing to luxury properties and shopping in Wailea. Personally, my favorite parts of the island are Paia, Haiku, Makawao & Hana. The down-to-earth parts of the island with friendly locals, lush greenery, boutiques, dive bars and charm.
Paia has a funky 60's California beach town vibe with pastel colored buildings as you pull into the t-shaped town of quaint shops and restaurants. Make sure to slide by one of the best organic grocery stores with local produce, Mana Foods.
Another spot with delicious raw food items, groceries and charm is Kuau Mart. It's located right after the large Surfboard fence on Hana Hwy. Stop here for a collard green wrap, coffee or beach snacks! They support local vendors, embody sustainable business practice while making most of their foods on-site from scratch with gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options! These guys have heart & soul.
Maui Kombucha is in the heart of Haiku. One of the best Kombucha bars I've ever experienced with the most delicious raw vegan food. Everything from salads, bowls to nightly specials. You'll meet some awesome locals at this spot.
Makawao is home to one of my favorite boutiques...ever. Pink by Nature! They carry everything from Iron & Resin to Brixton with some of the best feeling linen shirts I've ever felt. The owner, Marco, who I had the pleasure of meeting does all of the woodworking and patterned reclaimed wood art pieces hanging on the walls.
From here, I hopped on over to the Lumeria Yoga Retreat for a yoga class + lunch. I can't believe I waited years to visit this place! It's heaven. Designed by Honolulu architect H.R Kerr in 1910, Lumeria Maui holds a special heritage. As the oldest wooden structure on Maui, it's first incarnation was as the original Fred C. Balwin Memorial home, erected by it's namesakes sugar cane family.
The road to Hana is a must, You haven't fully experienced what Maui has to offer unless you drive the 52-mile winding road through the lush rainforest. It's an unspoiled beauty dangling from the island's northeastern tip. The Kahanu Garden contains the worlds biggest collection of breadfruit and definitely do your research and make some stops along the way.... oh, and also make sure to camp! The night sky is BEAUTIFUL.