Many people look for a new adventure after spending a few lazy days hanging out at their resort pool. If you want to see a different side of Maui, head over to Haiku and spend an exhilarating day on the North Shore. We’ve mapped out the perfect schedule for you, from sun up to sun down!
Don’t waste your time on the hotel’s continental breakfast. Head over to the North Shore early and snag a seat at the ever popular Baked on Maui. The drinks are epic, from their spicy chai to the new cold brew Nitro coffee on tap. And then there’s the fabulous breakfast menu.
If you get there early enough, make sure to snag one of their specials. Locals scoop up their Salmon Florentine and home fries when it comes around, so you’ll want to get there early to beat the crowd! And if you’re going off the menu, you can’t go wrong with the Barbecue Chicken Fat Sammie. With a cheddar cheese, chicken and bacon omelette, topped with barbecue aioli, lettuce and tomato on toasted white bread, this breakfast will set you up for a day of adventuring!
Now that you’re fueled up on great food and drink, it is time to work it off! Haleakala Bike Tour presents a fantastic way to see the island on your own schedule. They offer two different bike rentals to suit your needs. You can choose the Kona Mahuna 29er Maui Hard Tail Bike Rental Package, which is perfect for those who are looking to do some off-road, downhill riding. This package includes a bike, helmet, rack for your car, rain/wind gear, gloves for warmth, and a backpack with tools.
If you’re not planning on taking the daredevil path, they also offer the Kona Blast Maui Fleet Bike Package. This is perfect for exploring upcountry roads, from Haiku to Makawao. As well, it contains all the same amenities as the 29er rental package.
The rave reviews on Yelp are piling up about this excellent company!
“Haleakala Bike Company is great! They have a very good new and tune up Kona bikes with excellent disk brakes and suspension, not some of the “Walmart” bikes some other companies put you on. The service is great and they are very friendly. I would recommend them in a heartbeat!” Ilia G.
“Seriously, stop doing your Haleakala bike ride company research and go with this company! They were not only well priced, offered lots of different touring options, had FANTASTIC and well-maintained bikes…they were also totally FUN and FRIENDLY!” Skaie K.
“Exactly as promised! Everyone was friendly, bikes were decent and the ride was fantastic! My wife wasn’t going to do it but they talked her into it and she had a great time too. Love that we could ride at our own pace (fast), have a lunch at Kula Lodge, and cruise on into Haiku.” Steve S.
Haleakala Bike Company also offers Haleakala tours. These are usually all-day excursions, with an early morning start time. If you’d prefer to take your own route and see a bit of the North Shore, go for the bike rental.
If you feel like packing a picnic and scouting out the perfect lunch spot while on your bike ride, make sure to stop off at the Kuau Store on Hana Highway before you make your way into Haiku. Their offerings range from a full raw food bar to delicious prepackaged sandwiches. And their deli has a wide array of salads that utilize local and organic produce.
If you’ve had your fill of bike fun, head back to the Haleakala Bike Company Headquarters, drop your bike off and make your way next store for a bite at Colleens at the Cannery. Using mostly local and organic ingredients, you can indulge without guilt. Their Upcountry Beef Burger is made with Maui Cattle Co. hormone free beef, locally grown Maui tomatoes, lettuce, onion, Muenster cheese, mayo and is classically delicious. If you’re looking for lighter fare, check out their Grilled Ono and Avocado Wrap, with mixed greens, tomatoes, pesto, onion, and a mango red chili dressing. And they have Maui Brewing Co. beer on tap, which makes for the perfect celebratory cheers!
And if you have a little energy left, head over to Twin Falls. Here you can get a dose of Hana without the long windy road. Twin Falls is brimming with bamboo forests and wild waterfalls. And make sure to grab one or two pieces of their world-famous banana bread at the farm stand out front! Made with local apple bananas, this sweet treat is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
Before you head back to your hotel, make one last stop at Ho’okipa Beach.
It’s the perfect place to watch both the windsurfers and the vibrantly stunning Maui sunset. And one of the biggest bonuses is the Hawaiian Sea Turtles that make their way to the shore every evening to watch the setting sun. There is nothing like a sunset in the company of a few giant turtles!
From awesome biking and hiking to great food and beach time, this is your map to a perfect day in Haiku, Maui!