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MAUI OCEAN CENTER
192 Maalaea Road
Wailuku, HI 96793
(Central Maui)
Tel. (808) 270-7000
Email: info@mauioceancenter.com
See marine life found nowhere else on earth at the Maui Ocean Center. Walk through an acrylic tunnel in the middle of an enormous 750,000-gallon tank and marvel at spectacular sharks and hundreds of open ocean marine animals as they pass above and below. Entry charge. Photo



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AHIHI KINAU NATURAL AREA RESERVE
Makena Alanui Road (After Makena State Park), Makena
(South Maui)
On calm days, excellent snorkeling for novices - great scuba diving. To protect the natural resources, please stay out of Anchialine pools and try to avoid walking on live coral - it is home to many sea creatures and takes years to grow.

ENCHANTING FLORAL GARDENS OF KULA
Highway 37 (Mile Marker 10)
Kula, HI 96790
(Upcountry Maui)
Tel. (808) 878-2531
Stroll through acres of exotic flowers, plants, and trees from around the world. Open daily. Entry charge.

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK                            Visit our Virtual Tour of the Park
P. O. Box 369
Makawao, HI 96768
(Upcountry Maui)
Tel. (808) 572-4400 (open 24 hours per day, all year)
Haleakala National Park consists of 28,655 acres of which 19,270 are wilderness. The crater viewed from the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakala constitutes an erosional depression filled by later volcanics - a natural wonder! The park preserves the outstanding volcanic landscape of the upper slopes of Haleakala and protects the unique and fragile ecosystems of the Kipahulu Valley, the scenic pools along Oheo Gulch, and many rare and endangered species. The park has two distinct sections located in two different areas: the Summit section is located in Upcountry Maui (readily accessible); the Kipahulu section is located near Hana (a more remote area). Both sections are vehicle accessible. Entry charge.

HANA LAVA TUBE
Post Office Box 40
Hana, Maui, HI 96713
(East Maui)
Tel. (808) 248-7308
Take a Self-Guided Cave Tour deep into the subterranean passages of an extinct lava tube and witness first hand the last seconds of the lava flow, frozen in time, that formed this portion of Maui. A geology lesson you'll never forget!

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HUMPBACK WHALE
NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
"KA HOI MAI ANA ONA KOHALA"

726 South Kihei Road
Kihei, HI 96753
(South Maui)
Tel. (808) 879-2818
Headquarters for the nation's newest National Marine Sanctuary. A federal education and research center for Humpback whale studies. Free material and information regarding the center's programs are available upon request. Open weekdays. Free admission.

HONOLUA BAY MARINE PRESERVE
Highway 30W (At Mile Marker 32)
(West Maui)
Beautiful bay with great swimming, snorkeling, scuba on calm days. Big reef fish during winter months. Beach is considered one of the best board surfing spots in the world (September to April).

IAO VALLEY STATE PARK
End of Iao Valley Road (Hwy. 32), Wailuku
(Central Maui)
6.2 acres. A paved 0.6-mile walk provides a scenic viewpoint of Kukaemoku (Iao Needle), an erosional feature which rises 1,200 feet from the valley floor. Learn about the plants brought by the Hawaiians who settled in Iao Valley by taking a short walk through a botanical garden. The valley is rich in cultural and spiritual values, a sacred place where 26 Hawaiian kings and queens were buried. The site of the Battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790. Open daily. No drinking water.

KAPUNAKEA PRESERVE
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII

(West Maui)
The Conservancy's literature states: "In the West Maui mountains, overlooking sugar cane fields and hotel resorts, hides an ecological oasis and a biological treasure: Kapunakea Preserve. With 11 different native natural communities, Kapunakea Preserve (1,264 acres) exemplifies the extraordinary concentration of biological diversity that is Hawai'i." Access to the Preserve is limited to guided hikes by the Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers. (Voluntary monthly work trips are offered by the Nature Conservancy.) For more information, please visit their site.

KEANAE ARBORETUM
Hana Hwy 360E (Just after Mile Marker 16), Keanae
(East Maui)
An exotic botanical garden with 150 varieties of tropical plants. Open daily. Free admission.

KEPANIWAI PARK
Iao Valley Road, Wailuku
(Central Maui)
Model immigrant village and cultural heritage gardens adjacent to Iao Valley State Park.

KIPAHULU / OHEO GULCH
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK

Kipahulu
(East Maui)
A series of beautiful streams and pools beginning in a rain forest and ending at the sea. Swim with caution. Danger of flash floods. Call ranger station for information on hike to Makahiku Falls (0.75 mile/25 minutes one-way) and Waimoku Falls (4 miles/2 hours one-way).

KULA BOTANICAL GARDENS
Highway 377 (Kekaulike Road)
Kula, HI 96790
(Upcountry Maui)
Tel. (808) 878-1715
Eight acres of floral gardens. Open daily. Entry charge.

MAUI NUI BOTANICAL GARDENS
150 Kanaloa Avenue
Kahului, HI 96732
(Central Maui)
Tel. (808) 249-2798
The mission of the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is to foster an appreciation and understanding of the living Hawaiian islands of today, emphasizing the plants of Maui Nui (Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe), and providing a center for environmental education, Hawaiian cultural expression, conservation, biological study, and recreation. Open Monday through Saturday.

MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION
1670 Honoapiilani Highway
Wailuku, HI 96793
(Central Maui)
Tel. (808) 244-7643 or 1-800-451-6805
A 60 acre agricultural theme park - a model of a working plantation with fields of sugarcane, avocado, banana, mango, guava, papaya, pineapple and macadamia nuts. Free visitor center includes exhibits, marketplace, tropical flower nursery, and restaurant. Open daily.

NATIONAL TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
P. O. Box 340
Lawai, HI 96765
Tel. (808) 332-7324
The National Tropical Botanical Garden is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical plant diversity, particularly rare and endangered species. The NTBG includes four gardens and three preserves in Hawaii and one in south Florida. Three of the four gardens in Hawaii are on Kauai and one is on Maui. NTBG literature provides the following overview on its Maui garden. For more information, please visit the NTBG website.

  • Kahanu Garden: Located in Hana, Maui, the scenic Kahanu Garden is surrounded by a native pandanus forest. Collections emphasize ethnobotanical plants of the Pacific Islands. Self-guided tours available Monday through Friday. Admission charge. For more information, please call Maui (808) 248-8912.

NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII
81 Makawao Avenue, Suite 203A
Makawao, HI 96768
(Upcountry Maui)
Tel. (808) 572-7849
The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, a non-profit organization, has several preserves on Maui including the Kapunakea Preserve, and the Waikamoi Preserve. The Conservancy's mission is to protect the finest remaining examples of native plants, animals and natural communities in Hawaii by protecting the places they need to survive. Call for information on hikes, volunteer work trips, and memberships, or visit their site.

POLIPOLI SPRING STATE RECREATION AREA
At 6,200 feet elevation in Kula Forest Reserve, 9.7 miles upland from Kula on Waipoli Road off Kekaulike Avenue (Highway 377)
4-wheel drive vehicle recommended.
(Upcountry Maui)
10 acre recreation area offering hiking, camping and lodging (one cabin) within the fog belt of Kula forest. Extensive trail system in the reserve, including several through a forest reminiscent of the conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest coast. Sweeping views of Central and West Maui, Kahoolawe, Molokai and Lanai in clear weather. Nights are generally cold; winter nights frequently have below freezing temperatures.

PROTEA GARDENS OF MAUI
R. R. #2, Box 389
Kula, HI 96790
(Upcountry Maui)
Tel. (808) 878-6048
Stroll among "Mr. Proteas" fields of exotic flowers. Call for appointment.

SUNRISE PROTEA FARM
416A Haleakala Crater Road
Kula, HI 96790
(Upcountry Maui)
Tel. (808) 876-0200
Walk through exotic flowers. Specializes in Maui protea shipped throughout the U.S. and Canada. Open daily. Free admission.

WAIANAPANAPA STATE PARK
Highway 360E (Just beyond Mile Marker 32), Hana
(East Maui)
122.1 acres of remote, wild, low-cliffed volcanic coastline offering solitude and respite from urban life. Lodging, camping, picnicking, shore fishing and hardy family hiking along an ancient Hawaiian coastal trail which leads to Hana. Excellent opportunity to study a seabird colony and anchialine pools. Other features include native hala forest, legendary cave, heiau (place of worship), natural stone arch, sea stacks, blow holes and a small black sand beach.

WAIKAMOI PRESERVE
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII

(East Maui)
The Conservancy's literature describes the Waikamoi Preserve as being "A 5230-acre protected area - a sanctuary for hundreds of native Hawaiian species, many of them rare or endangered. Here, in windswept subalpine regions and rainforests of koa and ohia, native plants, birds and insects have woven an ecological fabric like no other on the planet - one that supports some of the rarest and most beautiful of Earth's creatures: the unique forest birds of Hawaii." Access to the Preserve is limited to guided hikes led by either Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers, or by National Park Service guides. (Voluntary monthly work trips are offered by the Nature Conservancy.) Reservations are required for Conservancy hikes. For more information, please visit their site.


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