Maui Guide: Where to Stay

Book your hotel at one of these places on Maui.


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Photo: David Croxford 


Maui’s various communities are spread out and traffic between them can be a nuisance. Minimize your driving by booking a room close to your chosen activities. 


West Side

Lahaina is sunny, hot and full of activity. As you travel north up the coast, it gets quieter and cooler. Each oceanside community has a slightly different feel. Nāpili is the sweet spot, weatherwise. Kapalua can be cool and wet. 





This classy vintage property overlooks Nāpili Bay. Perks include free parking, Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. 

Kama‘āina rate for standard room (sleeps four) $164, 5441 Lower Honoapi‘ilani Road, Nāpili, (808) 669-6205,




Even the studios at this oceanfront Kahana condo complex have full kitchens and daily maid service. 

Three-night minimum, $145 for studio, 4095 Lower Honoapi‘ilani Road, Kahana. (808) 669-8374,


South Shore 

North Kīhei is hot and windy—but perfectly situated if you want to explore the entire island. As you travel south, the beaches get nicer. Wailea is resortville. 




Don’t be put off by the scruffy exterior. This oceanfront condo complex has fantastic ocean views and is in a prime location for exploring all of Maui. The suites are worth the extra cash. 

Studio (plus cleaning fee) $130, 191 N. Kīhei Road, Kīhei, (800) 265-0686,




Huge one-bedroom condos with full kitchens, walking distance from Wailea’s shops, restaurants and beaches. One-bedroom kama‘āina rate starts at $153.

One-bedroom kama‘āina rate starts at $153, 3200 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, (808) 879-5800,


East Maui 

(North Shore, Upcountry)

Stay here if you prefer a quiet rain forest over sunny beaches, or want to explore Haleakalā. 




This 1921 plantation manager’s house exudes charm. Free breakfast includes fresh-picked fruit and pastries from the nearby bakery.

Standard room $115, 1061 Kokomo Road, Ha‘ikū, (808) 283-1274,



If you skipped the rest of Maui’s wonders and came only to Hāna, that would be just fine. Old Hawai‘i still lives here. Let it soak into your bones.



Ocean breezes blow through these upscale units neighboring Hāna Bay—each one a unique retreat.

Studios start at $210. 4865 Uakea Road, Hāna. (800) 346-2772, 



For an extra luxe getaway, book one of the heavenly ocean bungalows here and watch the sun rise straight out of the sea. The kama‘āina rate includes airfare for two from Kahului and ground transport. (And, if your uncle never taught you to throw a Hawaiian fish net, you can practice at Hāna Bay.)

Garden suite $340, ocean bungalow $453. 5031 Hāna Highway, Hāna, (808) 248-8211, 


 Tip: Outrigger Resorts offers great kama‘āina deals. You can’t go wrong with any of its six Maui properties.

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