2021 Shaka List: 20 Reasons to Love Maui

Every year we publish our Shaka List — the multitude of reasons Maui is nō ka ‘oi (the best) — and this time our staff offered up their personal lucky-to-live-on-Maui suggestions. From trees to seas, shoes to views — these intimate, inspirational details are what make our island home the magical place that it is.


11 Energize your a.m.

Enjoy expansive ocean views at Cane & Canoe — the open-air restaurant at Montage Kapalua Bay — as you break your fast with an Energy 2.0 Bowl: frozen dragonfruit puree topped with papaya, apple bananas, strawberries, house-made granola and a sprinkle of toasted coconut. Big enough to share! Photo courtesy of Montage Kapalua Bay.

12 Tide pools

Head for a shallow area along the coast during low tide, pick your way across the exposed rocks to the water’s edge and slowly, carefully, lift a stone or two. Beneath you may find any manner of marine life, such as sea cucumbers, urchins, crabs and starfish. Diligent sea-searchers may even glimpse a baby striped eel or an octopus whose speckles and spots exactly match the ocean floor. Gently replace all the stones you’ve overturned, and please — no touching. Photo by Lara McGlashan

13 Swap shop

A favorite among locals and visitors alike since 1981, the Maui Swap Meet in Kahului offers all kinds of locally made items from more than 200 vendors, including tee-shirts, jewelry, flowers, baked goods, and fruits and veggies. It’s great for people-watching, too! Open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the University of Hawai‘i-Maui College. Photo by Mark Choe

14 Sister-Island Views

Step out your front door pretty much anywhere on Maui and you’ll see one of our neighbor islands. From Moloka‘i to Molokini, Lāna‘i to Kaho‘olawe — and on a clear day O‘ahu or even Hawai‘i Island — knowing our sisters are close by quells any feelings of isolation. Photo by Mieko Horikoshi

15 Movies Al Fresco

With consistently comfortable weather, every night is outdoor movie night in South Maui! All you need is a screen, some open space and good friends. Photo by Patrick Wardle




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