As with all of Hawaii, Maui is most famously known for its beaches and endless sun, and like the rest of Hawaii, the fun on Maui does not end when the sun goes down. In fact, watching the sunset over the ocean can be one of the most memorable experiences. Maui is filled with a plethora of things to do, in addition to the typical bar and restaurant nightlife.
Stargaze at Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park covers more than 30,000 acres and is filled with waterfalls, jungle and volcanoes. From the summit of Haleakala Crater, visitors can many times see out for more than 100 miles out to sea and watch the sunrise and sunset. The park is open 24 hours, allowing for night visits when the universe exposes itself in the sky. Stargazing is so popular that many local merchants rent binoculars and telescopes for this purpose. For amateur astronomers, the park's visitor center sells star maps.
Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 369
Makawao, HI 96768
Even with the sun long gone, the waves continue to pound just off the coast of Maui. Night surfing tests any surfer's ability to feel the wave versus relying on vision. Because of this, night surfing is recommended only for experienced surfers. The ideal time for this is during a full moon when the sky is the brightest. Before heading out to the waves, check for rough spots by contacting a lifeguard station or even a local dive shop where they can also provide information about shark sightings. Two last things to consider: never surf alone, and wear bright clothing.
No trip to Maui is complete without experiencing a traditional Hawaiian luau. The dancing and music typically begins around sunset and carries on into the night. Visitors can feast on local Hawaiian cuisine such as kalua pig and lomi salmon and watch in awe the artistry of Polynesian fire dancers. Luaus take place at numerous facilities all across the island, including many popular restaurants and hotels. Prices and themes vary from place to place, so prior research is recommended.
Article Written By Patrick M. Lind
Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for ChicagoSporting.com. He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.