Without a doubt, my best Maui experience was going to the free program offered by Clifford Nae'ole at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua. This program was about the history of Hawaii, an area that I realized I didn't know that much about. It was so moving. Mr. Nae'ole offers this to the public every Tues and Friday at 10 a.m. I'd encourage everyone to attend - it gives new insight into the island. Here's an overview from a web site:
As one of the first hotels to embrace Hawaiian culture, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua employs a full-time cultural advisor, Clifford Nae'ole, to lead twice weekly Sense of Place encounters. The session begins with the moving film, Then There Were None, which describes the sad displacement of ancient Hawaiians and their culture, Nae'ole shares with guests his knowledge and history of the island, and the property's Honokahua Preservation Site, which was unearthed when digging began for the hotel. As the significance of the discovery became apparent, the entire hotel was redesigned and moved inland. The mound, which contains more than 2,000 ancient Hawaiian burials dating between 610 and 1800 A.D., has been recognized as a sacred site, for Hawaiians believe that from such a place ancestor spirits continue to lovingly watch over the land and its people. Nae'ole, a Hawaiian chanter, hula dancer and president of the statewide Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, leads guests on a walking tour of this 13 acre site, where red ti leaf-lined pathways dotted with plumeria blossoms and bougainvillea lead to the sacred rolling lawns.