Maui, Hawaii is a beloved vacation destination for visitors from around the world. It’s also a tropical paradise for locals who have spent many years on the island! While there are plenty of tourist attractions to enjoy, there’s so much more to Maui than the flower leis, rambunctious luaus, and acres of sandy beaches. If you want to taste the real flavor of Hawaii, you have take a cue from the residents! Here are some of the best things to do on Maui for locals.
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Top 5 Things to Do on Maui for Locals
1. Camp on the Beach
There’s nothing better than spending a night under the stars! There are over a dozen campsites on Maui, and many are just steps from the ocean. Some even offer amenities like picnic tables, volleyball courts, restrooms, and showers! Our favorite places to pitch a tent are Kahana Beach Park, Kipahulu, and Papalaua Wayside Park.
Visitors need a camping permit for county and state parks. Most have limited space and can be booked up to a year in advance, so try to get your permit early! You can reserve a campsite at a state park for $12 per night or a county campsite for just $3 per night. Haleakala National Park offers free camping permits in person with no advanced reservation.
2. Go to the Swap Meet
When it comes to local shopping, the Maui Swap Meet offers some of the best deals on the entire island. Admission is only 50 cents and parking is free! You’ll find over 200 vendors selling fresh produce, Hawaiian shave ice, and arts and crafts. Bring a bag and some cash and spend the afternoon browsing. The swap meet is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3. Eat at Food Trucks
Did you know that food trucks were popular on Maui long before the craze hit the mainland? You can find BBQ, gourmet grilled cheese, wood-fired pizza, and just about any ethnic cuisine imaginable! Some park at specific lots while others travel around to events like Maui Fridays and the Maui Swap Meet. And the best part is, they’re all inexpensive! Be sure to check out Kalama’s Food Truck in Wailuku, Kinaole Grill in Kihei, and Big Beach BBQ in Makena Beach State Park. You can thank us later!
4. Get Involved
The vibrant sense of aloha and community are what make Maui so welcoming. Locals are proud of their home, and people here are hyper-involved with keeping the island beautiful. Lend a hand and spend a morning volunteering with island organizations. You can participate in a reef cleanup with the Blue ‘Aina Program, or help restore an ancient Hawaiian village site with Maui Cultural Lands. This group leads cleanups in Honokowai Valley every Saturday morning and gives you access to a remote section of the island that isn’t open to the public.
5. Stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
Want to get away from the kids for a few nights? Plan a trip to The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono! Our inn has everything you need for a relaxing retreat, including luxurious amenities and beautiful views. We even offer a special kama’aina discount for Hawaii residents! Simply book a two-night stay and you’ll receive 15% off the room rate. It’s as easy as that! Reservations can be made online or by calling us at (808) 244-5897. We look forward to having you!
Looking for more local things to do?
Read our blog about the best Maui farmer’s markets!
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