Maui is known for gorgeous beaches, stunning waterfalls, and breathtaking mountains. While there are many popular places to visit and activities to try, there are also a number of less well-known spots that you will want to add to your travel itinerary. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at Maui’s unexpected side, and provide you with an insider’s look into some truly unique Hawaiian locales.

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Sacred Garden of Maliko

The Sacred Garden of Maliko is a nursery, peace sanctuary, retreat center, botanical garden, school, creativity center, and temple! Open seven days a week, the garden is always free to the public. The Sacred Garden is housed inside of a 10,000 sq. ft. greenhouse, and offers an assortment of tropical plants, including orchids, succulents, water plants, palms, and more. Whether you are looking for plants, want to explore the labyrinths, or enjoy lunch at one of the picnic areas, you are sure to enjoy one of the most peaceful settings on the island!

Pa’ako Cove – Secret Beach

Pa’ako Cove is also referred to as Secret Cove or Secret Beach, but it’s not really a secret. In fact, it’s a popular place for weddings! It probably got its name due to its relatively hidden location between homes on Oneloa/Makena Beach, which is just north of Pa’ako Cove. Makena Beach is also referred to as Big Beach and is a very popular destination. Due to the number of weddings performed at Pa’ako Cove, you’ll have to plan the timing of your trip to the beach so that you can enjoy the sandy cove and lava rocks without a crowd.

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Great Buddha at Lahaina Jodo Mission

The Lahaina Jodo Mission is located about five minutes outside of Lahaina, and is a replica of a traditional Japanese Buddhist temple. It features an enormous bronze Buddha statue that is 12 feet tall and weighs around three and a half tons! The statue was installed in 1968 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese immigrants to the Hawaiian islands. Feel free to stroll around the grounds as they are free to the public, and donations are accepted.

Ho’omana Spa

Experience massage, relaxation, and healing when you plan your spa day at Ho’omana Spa. The massage therapists draw from ancient Hawaiian wisdom to offer you an experience of physical, spiritual, and mental healing. Located in Makawao, Ho’omana Spa is a unique oasis that will help you to receive the mana (life force) of the island.

Kahakapao Trail

Located in the Makawao Forest Reserve in upcountry Maui, the Kahakapao Loop Trail is just shy of six miles in length, features exotic wildflowers, and is rated as a moderate trail. The trail is about 4,000 feet above sea level, so make sure to pack appropriately to fully enjoy this cool rainforest environment. Since it is heavily trafficked, it would be a good idea to plan your hike during the slower times to avoid crowds of hikers. Dogs are welcome on the trail as long as they remain on leash.

These are just a few of the unique places to visit and things to do to help you discover the unexpected side of Maui. Your stay will be enhanced when you return to your home away from home at the end of each day, so be sure to reserve your luxury beach rental in Kapalua Bay Villas by contacting Aloha Vacation Villas today.