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West Maui’s North Shore

Driving north from Ka’anapali through Honokowai and Kapalua, you will embark upon one of the most rewarding adventures¬†in Hawaii. While far less publicized than the drive to Hana and officially prohibited by car rental companies, the drive from Kapalua to Wailuku along West Maui’s North Shore is breathtaking.

You’ll pass one of the most rugged coastlines in the world and some very lovely beaches and bays such as Mokuleia Bay and Honolua Bay which are not well known, but amazingly beautiful.

Be sure to stop at Honokohau’s rugged Boulder Beach and make the hike to Nakalele Point. Soon you will be able to catch a glimpse of the north shore’s most famous landmark, Kahakuloa Head. The remote town of Kahakuloa has one of the loveliest churches on Maui.

A must stop is the Kaukini Gallery and Gift Shop. You’ll find excellent buys in Hawaiian art and crafts. As you near the end of your journey watch for the overlook for Makamaka’ole Falls.

The drive itself can be done in a couple of hours without stops. In order to really appreciate the views, however, it will take you between four and five hours.

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