Free Things to Do in Maui, Hawaii

Free Things to Do in Maui, Hawaii
Nature enthusiasts love Maui, Hawaii, for its great diversity of flora and fauna. Water sports abound, and the beaches in Maui offer opportunities for fishing, surfing, kayaking, canoeing and swimming. You'll find many places on Maui to pursue activities that will keep you busy and allow you to get away from the stress of everyday life.

Windsurfing at Ho'okipa Beach Park

Windsurf competitions at Ho'okipa Beach Park in Maui bring entrants from all over the globe. Watch these professionals fly through the waves while you lounge on the white sand beach; do it yourself if you're experienced. If you want to learn how to windsurf, you can get lessons. The park features barbecue grills, restrooms, fresh water, picnic tables, showers, pay phones and three free parking lots. Lifeguards watch over swimmers and surfers daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ho'okipa Beach Park
Mile #9, Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii 96779
(808) 572-8122

'Iao Valley

Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens is a must if you want to learn about Maui's history and experience the quiet beauty of a Japanese teahouse and temple, a Portuguese garden, a moon gate and an authentic grass shack. Take a picnic to eat at one of the pavilions by the 'Iao stream. The gardens are open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Hawaii Nature Center is next door, and children will enjoy the exhibits and easy hikes.

Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens
'Iao Valley Road (Highway 32)
Maui, Hawaii 96793
(808) 689-1552

While you're in the area, visit the 'Iao Valley State Monument. This stunning park has the 'Iao Needle, which is hardened lava and soars 2,250 feet. You'll view gorgeous flowers and waterfalls and find places to swim. The trail is paved. Restrooms are available, but there's no drinking water, so bring your own. The monument prohibits dogs, mountain biking and camping. It's open the same hours as the gardens.

'Iao Valley State Monument
End of 'Iao Valley Road (Highway 32)
Maui, Hawaii 96793
(808) 984-8109

Wai'anapanapa State Park

If you like hiking, you're in for a treat at Wai'anapanapa State Park, which covers 122 acres and has a coastline trail. You'll see blow holes, a cave, forest and many sea birds. Peer over the anchialine pools, which feature colorful stoney corals, fireworms, white-spotted sea cucumbers, crown-of-thorns starfish and more. Campsites and housekeeping cabins are available. The park has outdoor showers, picnicking facilities and restrooms. Due to strong rip currents, swimming is dangerous.

Wai'anapanapa State Park
End of Wai'anapanapa Road, off Highway 360
Maui, Hawaii 96713
(808) 248-4844

Article Written By Ellen Kendall

Ellen Kendall has 15 years of writing and editing experience. Her travel and insurance articles have appeared in national magazines. Her book contributions include biographies and multi-cultural and Holocaust lesson plans. She has previously served as a real estate broker and interior designer and taught ESL in Korea and at Duke.

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