Maui has a deep-rooted history and West Maui is home to many notable sights and museums. Whether you’re going on a family vacation to Maui or traveling for your honeymoon, these cultural institutions are must-visits.
Wo Hing Museum
The Wo Hing Museum in Lāhainā was built in 1912 as a social meeting hall for the Wo Hing Society. The building is known for its ornate wood details and bronze bust and marble pedestal monument in the front yard for Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Today, the downstairs is a museum with historic artifacts and a gift shop, but it was once a social space for the society. The upstairs is a temple for religious ceremonies and features the only public Taoist altar on Maui. It’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Baldwin Home Museum
The Baldwin Home Museum is the oldest house still standing on Maui located in the center of Historic Lāhainā. The home was originally built in 1834 and 1835, and it underwent two additions. It was owned and occupied by local missionary Reverend Ephraim Spaulding and his family. The home, which now stands at two stories, was specifically constructed to withstand the high winds off the ocean.
Lāhainā Heritage Museum
The Lāhainā Heritage Museum in the Old Lāhainā Courthouse features displays and artifacts dating back hundreds of years. You’ll find stories from the whaling period, Plantation era, early tourism, and more. The museum’s “Always Lāhainā” tells the entire Lāhainā history. There is also an interactive topographical map of Maui on the second floor.
Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House Museum
Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House Museum is the largest collection of Hawaiian antiques on Maui. The museum is run by the Maui Historical Society. Located in Wailuku, the museum features a rotating selection of programs and exhibits featuring Pre-European artifacts, modern art, paintings, sculptures, textiles, and more.
Humpback National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary offers an ideal location to whale watch on land or water. The Visitor Center features rotating exhibits documenting the culture and preservation of marine animals and all aquatic life. You can also learn about tips for whale watching, local regulations and safety, and coastal forecasts.
Plan Your West Maui Vacation
West Maui offers insight into Hawaii’s history and is home to some incredible displays of history and culture. If you’re planning a trip to Maui, consider learning about the past and present of the culture on Maui. Let us help you find the best things to do for your interests. Plus, we offer a wide variety of Maui vacation rentals for groups of all sizes.