Sugar cane is a crop that has been a part of Hawaii’s culture for centuries. So why not spend at least one day of your Maui vacation exploring its sweet history?
Start the day at our oceanfront condos dining al fresco on your private patio. Once you are refreshed, jump onto the Mokulele Highway and head to Puunene. It is home to the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum. The museum traditionally opens at 9:30 a.m. and features both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Together, they’ll give you an excellent overview of the island’s sugar cane history.
Afterward, drive to nearby Wailuku and tour the historic district. It was once the home of sugar planters, missionaries and a great Maui chief. While there, you can also go antique shopping and visit the Bailey House Museum. In the 1800s, Bailey was the owner of the area’s sugar company. The museum houses some of his personal effects and often hosts special events.
When you’ve finished touring, stop by Stillwell’s Bakery & Café for lunch and a sweet treat. After all, the day is about sugar! The bakers make amazing confections like crème brulee, cream horns and lilikoi chiffon pie. And if you feel like burning the calories off quickly, you could always take a hike through the Iao Valley State Park. It features a paved walking trail that leads to Maui’s famous Iao Needle. The park and its botanical garden is typically open daily until 7 p.m.
Later, if there is still time, head to Lahaina and take a ride about the Sugar Train. It makes daily stops at Lahaina, Puukolii and Kaanapali. The train features an open-air coach, great views and a knowledgeable tour guide that will keep you entertained. The last ride of the day generally leaves Lahaina at 4 p.m. sharp.