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Maui’s culture is as diverse as the people that have inhabited these islands for centuries. From ancient Polynesian customs and island myths to early sugar plantations and modern-day surfing, each group has influenced and left a lasting mark on the culture, traditions and beliefs practiced today. Immerse yourself in Maui's diverse culture by visiting the museums, churches, temples, villages and historical sites that honor Hawaii’s past.
Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum
Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum pays homage to tropical sugar cane and the important role it played in Maui's history and agriculture—and the people who helped shape it
Bailey House Museum
Bailey House Museum was built in 1833 and holds numerous displays of Mr. Bailey's artwork, Hawaiiana items, 19th-century clothing and quilts, a 1919 redwood surfboard and an early 20th Century, 33-foot canoe, crafted from a single koa log.
Take a stroll through these gardens in central Maui to learn about culturally significant plants. Learn how certain plants are grown, what uses they serve, and how Maui is encouraging the growth and sustainability of these natural resources.
Hale Pa’i (House of Printing) was the original printing house of the Lahainaluna Seminary which was founded by missionaries in 1831 and produced the first newspaper west of the Rocky Mountains on February 14, 1834. It was a four-page weekly school paper called Ka Lama Hawaii.
Drive out to Iao Valley to immerse yourself in a truly historical area of Maui. Learn about a brutal battle that took place in the valley and witness how early Hawaiians harvested taro from the land.
Participate in a Canoe Paddle
Canoe paddling has been a cultural tradition that dates back to the founding of the Hawaiian Islands. There are numerous canoe clubs around Maui that allow visitors to join a canoe for a recreational paddle along the coastline. The Kihei Canoe Club on Maui's southside has been offering paddle outings for decades. Join them during whale season for an added element of joy.