South Maui

Our brief tour of the Magic Isle ends in sun-kissed South Maui, home of the luxurious resort areas of Wailea and Makena, the delightful fishing and excursion port of

Big Beach at Makena State Park
Big Beach at Makena State Park
© MAUI VISITORS BUREAU / Ron Dahlquist
Maalaea, the booming beach town of Kihei and gorgeous golden beaches that seem to go on forever.

South past the sweeping solitude of Makena Beach is La Perouse Bay, where the first westerner to discover Maui, French navigator Jean-Francoise de la Perouse, anchored in 1786.

We've barely scratched the surface, of course, as for every one of these areas entire books have been written! But perhaps now you have, at least, a sense of why Hawaiians have always said, "Maui no ka oi," which means, simply, "Maui is the best."