The western Maui districts of Lahaina and Wailea, dominated by opulent resorts and golf courses, get all the honeymooners and wealthy tourists. Budget travelers will have better luck sticking to areas in the east.
Kihei is a laid-back beach town. Upcountry Maui has ranches, small farms, old plantation general stores, and a vineyard. Paia, formerly the center of Hawaii’s sugar mill industry, attracted a hippie movement in the 1960s and is full of small shops and cafes selling natural foods, hemp products, and eclectic clothing. Hana can only be reached by a long, partially unpaved cliffside road, so it’s the least developed.