Uncharted Maui

Follow the roads less traveled to discover the exotic flowers, idyllic farms, and volcano-top panoramas of the island’s upcountry.

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Upcountry Maui panorama
Photographer Don Dahlquist

Undiscovered Area

Most people come to Maui for the beaches, beaches, and more beaches—the island has 81 in all. Each day thousands of sun-seekers arrive and fan out, turning right for the sand strands at Kaanapali and Kapalua, or left to the golden shores of Kihei and Wailea. But those who don’t move makai (toward the ocean) and instead head mauka (toward the mountainside) on Route 37, the Haleakala Highway, are rewarded: On the roads through Upcountry Maui, they’ll see otherworldly gardens, tropical cowboys, plantation-style B&Bs, animal farms, and some of the best restaurants outside resort gates. If old Maui exists anywhere, it’s here.

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