How to slow down, heal, and rejuvenate on Maui

Maui is, was, and always will be a world-class haven for self-care and wellness. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, our special island offers a oodles of opportunities to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.

In this post, we’ll talk about ways to make your time in Maui truly unforgettable, from self-care routines to discovering the island’s most sacred natural spots.

Take full advantage of Maui’s weather

Maui boasts a tropical paradise climate that’s as diverse as its landscapes, offering everything from sultry coastal breezes to crisp mountain air.

While winter months bring a touch of coolness and occasional showers — perfect for rainforest adventures — summer offers sun-kissed days ideal for beach lounging and ocean exploration

Engage in ultra-simple, free activities

Self-care doesn’t have to be elaborate. Sometimes, the simplest activities can have the most profound impact on your well-being.

Walking is always a great start. Maui’s stunning landscapes and hassle-free climate are ideal for both contemplative and social walks.

Meditation is totally free and can change your life, or at least the quality of your breathing and concentration. All you need is a quiet, comfortable space, 20 minutes, and commitment to the practice.

Yoga is also free and liberating at the same time, and there’s always the option to choose from a several yoga classes and retreats across the island.

Go to sacred places that heal and inspire

Maui offers several outdoor locations that are considered sacred and healing. Be aware that these areas are deeply sacred to Native Hawaiians, so please tread carefully and follow all signs:

Haleakalā: the 10,000 foot summit of Haleakalā Crater is an otherworldly place, accented by striking volcanic landscapes and old, mystic energy.

ʻĪao Valley: this valley contains the hidden remains of many of Maui’s highest chiefs. The ʻIao Needle, known as Kuka‘emoku, stands at 1,200 feet from the valley floor and was used as a lookout for warriors.

Makalua Puna Point is an ancient Hawaiian burial ground that’s considered a vortex between the spirit world and the physical world.

Engage in acts of kindness

Maui’s rich culture and people are alive with aloha, however the recent files in Lahaina have left the community heartbroken and in need of healing.

If you’re planning a visit, consider volunteering some of your time and/or resources to the healing and rebuilding efforts on Maui.

Kindness is also accepted! It goes a long way and feels wonderful.

Eat (very) well

It’s not really a secret, but Maui is a food lover’s paradise. Here you can enjoy traditional Hawaiian flavors and contemporary innovations sourced from the island’s rich volcanic soil and abundant ocean.

To best enjoy this unique island cuisine, consider booking a traditional Hawaiian luau or visiting farm-to-table restaurants that showcase the island’s natural bounty. We recommend the Feast at Mokapu (luau), Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, and Kō Restaurant.

Try journaling

Journaling is a transformative journey into one’s inner world. As we articulate our thoughts and emotions through writing, we can create a space for self-reflection and inner peace.

This simple act serves as a mirror, revealing both our conscious and subconscious layers. The practice is meditative, grounding us in the present moment and offering a tool for emotional healing and spiritual growth.

Unplug and rejuvenate

In today’s overly connected digital world, taking time to disconnect is increasingly vital — so sometimes you just have to ditch the device. I like to do this when I take walks and during meditation.

Maui’s spiritual vibrational energy makes unplugging pretty darn easy. Just put it down, walk away, and embrace the island!

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