Why Visit the Historic Sites on Maui?
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 museums or archeological sites, Maui offers a wide range of historic locations to choose from. To make the most out of your trip, don’t forget to add the following historic sites on Maui to your itinerary.
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. You can find it next to what was once the largest sugar mill in Hawaii.
Haleki’i-Pihana State Monument
The first historical places worth seeing are the Haleki’i-Pihana State Monument. The monument contains two sites where you 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 much he made it his final resting place here when finding out he was terminally ill with lymphoma.
Are hiking and exploring on your list of things to do in Maui? If so, you’ll love the walk to Olowalu Petroglyphs. A dirt road will take you to a large mound of volcanic rock, where ancient Hawaiians carved the 300 year-old petroglyphs. There are over one hundred human and stick figures that depict royalty, commoners, and animals.
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By: Vacheh Joakim