Wailuku: The journey will begin in an air-conditioned van, which will bring you into the historic town of Wailuku. Wailuku is home to many storytellers, visionaries, and artists, so your guide will provide a fun history lesson, as well as drive by some of the most significant building murals. All of which are an outstanding and evolving representation of the Hawaiian culture and Wailuku itself.
Bailey House: The first stop will be at Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House. This museum has Maui’s largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts, paintings, and furnishings of the 19th century. You will be guided through the museum, and its surrounding gardens. After strolling through the gift shop, you will depart for a private working family farm in the heart of Iao Valley.
Mahina Farms: A working Hawaiian family farm and cultural space located right next to the raging Wailuku River. You will first be greeted by a Hawaiian guide, who will give a brief walking tour of the grounds. You will finish the walking tour at your cultural activity. Depending on the day, you could be learning 'Ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Language), traditional hula, gathering flowers to make lei, pounding taro root for Poi-making, the activities are endless and all just as impactful.
Waterfall: After your deep dive into the Hawaiian culture, a 6-passenger ATV will escort you down to the Wailuku River where you can take in the majestic beauty of the waterfall and valley above. Local snacks will be available at the Mahina Farms Fruit Stand, and then your guides will escort you back to the van for departure to Iao State Park.
Iao State Park: Upon arrival you will be given a brief tour and history lesson on the park, valley, and the Iao Needle. After your camera has filled up with photos of the iconic valley, we depart back to the ship and wish you A Hui Hou! We hope this authentic tour has inspired you to look into your own town’s history and cultural practices.
Good to Know: All ages welcome! Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes appropriate to the tropical weather. Sunscreen and hat may be appropriate.