Maui’s rich history and unique folklore leads back to around 1,000 AD when the Polynesians first sailed to the Hawaiian Islands. Today, visitors have an opportunity to learn about the Island’s deep roots by exploring its many historical sites. Whether you enjoy visiting educational museums or authentic archeological sites, Maui offers a wide range of historical locations to choose from that suit every type of traveler and budget. To make the most out of your Hawaiian vacation in Maui, don’t forget to add the following historical sites to your itinerary.
Haleki’i-Pihana State Monument
The first historical places worth seeing are the Haleki’i-Pihana State Monument. The monument contains two sites where yoiu can find the remains of a Hawaiian temple or heiau. Historians suggest that the Hawaiians performed human sacrifices on some of these temples. Many temples were also known as places of refuge from danger. These two archeological sites are very easy to reach and offer stunning views of the Wailuku and Kahului communities.
Charles Lindbergh Grave
If you travel on the iconic Hana Highway past the town of Hana, you can find the Palapala Ho’omau Church in the area known as Kipahulu. Here you can visit the grave site of what is arguably the world’s most famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh had a modest second home in this remote, but beautiful area of Maui. He loved it so so much he opted to be buried here when he found out that he was terminally ill while being treated in an east coast hospital for lymphoma.
If hiking and exploring is on your list of things to do in Maui, you will love the walk to Olowalu Petroglyphs. A dirt road will take you to a large mound of volcanic rock, where the 300 year-old petroglyphs have been carved. There are over one hundred human and stick figures that depict royalty, commoners, and animals.
Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum
Hawaiian vacations are also fun when a few museums are added to your schedule. You can visit the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum in Pu’unene that exhibits the history of Maui’s sugar industry. It is located next to what was once the largest sugar factory in Hawaii.
Whalers Village Museum
You can also visit the free Whalers Village Museum that is all about life at sea in the 1800s. The museum features whaling artifacts, photographs, and scrimshaw. It is set on the stunning Ka’anapali Beach near many other fine shops and restaurants.
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