Haiku is a small and very charming community on Maui's northern shore and still reflects its historic origins as a bustling plantation town. Haiku has retained it's country town character with the old buildings now housing boutique shopping as well as a variety of cafes and restaurants. Haiku is one of Maui's most desirable areas and the perfect place for a family vacation or romantic honeymoon.
Things To Do
Browsing and exploring Haiku's eateries, shops and cafes is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. Relax on one of the beautiful nearby beaches or try surfing or stand up paddle boarding. You can see the surrounding area on a leisurely horseback ride over the green, rolling hillsides or soaring through the treetops on an exhilarating ziplining adventure. For a memorable scenic drive head into the famed Upcountry region known for its flower and produce farms. Then continue on up to the top of 10,000-foot Haleakala Volcano where you can explore the summit region on foot or horseback. Hikers will enjoy the self-guided nature trails at the 7,000-foot level in Hosmer Grove with its diverse flora and rare native Hawaiian forest birds. Another great way to spend a day is driving the road to Hana town where you can take in stunning coastal vistas and see cascading waterfalls amidst the lush and tropical landscapes.
Just a few minutes drive from Haiku is the world famous windsurfing and kitesurfing beach called Hookipa where you watch the experts ride the waves. Nearby Baldwin Beach is nice for swimming and bodysurfing and has a protected lagoon area that's great for small children. Both Hookipa and Baldwin are lifeguarded beaches.
There are numerous places to eat in the Haiku area including many great dining choices in nearby Paia. Visit the Haiku Marketplace or head over to the old Pauwela Cannery building. Pauwela Cafe & Bakery serves up hearty vegetarian burritos and Belgian waffles made from scratch. Check out Mama's Fish House for a classic Hawaiian-style atmosphere and decor including split bamboo on the walls. Known for their fresh fish and other seafood, Mamas also serves up some delicious Hawaiian-style desserts.
The old Pauwela Cannery building is about two miles from Haiku with a variety of small stores include art studios and surf shops. There are also dozens of welcoming shops in nearby Paia and many more in the charming small Upcountry towns like Ulupalakua, Keokea, Kula and Pukalani. Large shopping malls can be found in Kahului, the island's principal shopping district.
A rental car is recommended when staying in Haiku vacation rentals so you can explore the region's many excellent beaches and interesting sites and attractions from the waterfalls of Hana to the Maui's Upcountry region and Haleakala National Park. Haiku is located on the north side of Maui about 14 miles east of Kahului, just past Paia town, extending from the ocean to several miles up the slopes of Haleakala Volcano. Maui's public bus system operates 7 days a week and provides service between most major communities including West, South and Central Maui including Haiku, Kula and the Maui Upcountry.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Temperatures in Haiku are relatively mild all year around with summer temperatures averaging around 80 F and sometimes rising into the low 90s with tropical trade winds providing a comfortable, cooling effect. Winter temperatures average in the 70s. Casual and beach attire is appropriate for most activities though if you are visiting higher elevation areas bring something warmer as the temperatures may be significantly cooler. The winter months typically bring more rain on the north and east shores than on the west and south shores, which keeps everything lush and green. It's often best to enjoy beaches during the morning hours as the trade winds may blow a bit stronger in the afternoon. However most afternoons are nice as well for water as well as land activities. Inexperienced swimmers are advised to always swim and enjoy ocean activities at lifeguarded beaches. Winter months can bring big surf on exposed northern shorelines while summer conditions are often very calm. Like all Hawaii beaches, conditions can change at any time of year and you should always use caution before entering the ocean. Check with lifeguards before going in the water to learn about the safest areas to swim and enjoy the water activities you choose.
Haiku vacation homes provide the optimal way to ideal your Hawaii vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and the comforts of home. Browse through our Haiku vacation rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our Haiku vacation rentals provide the best Maui locations to enjoy the scenic Upcountry region as well as summit activities atop Haleakala Volcano. From Haiku you also have easy access to the larger Maui towns and are close to the beginning of the road to "Heavenly Hana" known for its picturesque waterfalls and sweeping ocean vistas. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Haiku accommodation for your dream Hawaii vacation. We take pride not just in having the largest selection of high-quality vacation rentals in Haiku, but also in the fact that we stand behind our product and make sure only the best of the best Haiku properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Haiku rentals or which destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
history is tied to agriculture including the sugarcane plantations of Henry
Baldwin and Samuel Alexander who first planted 12 acres in the 1860s and later
5,000 more acres on Maui's central plains.
Alexander and Baldwin formed Hawaii's
biggest sugar company and built an extensive ditch system in 1876 to move water
from Haiku to Wailuku some 17 miles away. Haiku
continued to grow, and in 1904 when a pineapple cannery opened many immigrants
arrived to work in the pineapple fields. In the 1970s and 80s many surfers and
windsurfers came to the Haiku area to enjoy the ideal conditions at nearby
Hookipa Beach, known as the "windsurfing capital
of the world."
by Jeff Berzolla