As the second largest in the Hawaiian island chain, Maui has something for every type of traveler.
Hike to the sky at Haleakala or lounge on Maui’s pristine south and west shores. Journey into the backcountry, offering a glimpse into Hawaii’s agricultural lifestyle. Then there’s remote, wild Hana in East Maui, where waterfalls are hidden in jungles and black sand beaches.
Travelers heading to Maui have as many hotels to choose from as there are adventures awaiting them. Valley Isle is home to more than 40 properties, allowing visitors to choose the ideal base for their vacation.
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Enjoying Maui to the fullest doesn’t mean you have to stay at the largest or most renowned hotel properties. Locally owned accommodations you can’t find anywhere else provide a unique and intimate experience. Here’s a roundup of some of USA TODAY’s favorite hotels on the island:
1. Inn at Mama’s Fish House
The family behind one of Hawaii’s most iconic restaurants also owns a charming inn comprising 12 luxury cabins and studios. All units at the Inn at Mama’s Fish House (the second half of the name is the famous restaurant opened 50 years ago) are located on the quiet north shore of Maui and just steps from Hookipa Beach, a must-see beach in the area. The rooms are spacious and airy and the cabins are equipped with full kitchens.
2. Hana Inn
While most accommodations are located on Maui’s sunnier shores, the Hana Inn takes travelers to the lush landscapes of rainy, underdeveloped Hana. Imagine waterfalls, black sand beaches, sea caves, pools and more, all just a few minutes drive away. The inn was originally built in 1923, but was purchased by new owners and renovated in 2020. Rooms are simple but affordable, with Hawaiian decor and views of Hana Bay or Haleakala.
3. Kula Lodge
The historic Kula Lodge perfectly captures the rustic warmth of Maui’s rural interior. The former rooms were built as a home in 1948 and were saved from the August wildfires that destroyed Lahaina and many buildings in Kula. Their five lodges are tucked into the mountains at an elevation of 3,200 feet, meaning there are endless panoramic views of Maui. On a clear day, you might see Kahoolawe or Molokai in the distance.
4. Bed and breakfast at Hooilo house
If you really want to relax, why not opt for a quiet bed and breakfast? The Hooilo House Bed and Breakfast is tucked away in the mountains of West Maui but just minutes from the beaches of Kaanapali and reopened to guests on October 19. There are five rooms to book at the bed and breakfast, each with gorgeous island touches like an outdoor shower with black lava stone walls. Breakfast includes local favorites such as papaya, mango, coffee and granola.
5. Posada Paia
Paia is the central hub of Maui’s north shore and is home to some of the best restaurants and shops in the area. Staying at the Paia Inn puts you in the center of the action, yet just steps from the beach. This boutique hotel is located in a historic Japanese inn built in 1927, but offers stylish, contemporary rooms and a private outdoor beach lounge. Their izakaya-style Japanese restaurant, Vana, has been called one of Maui’s best new restaurants, so be sure to try there too.
Kathleen Wong is a USA TODAY travel reporter based in Hawaii. You can contact her at email@example.com.