Healthy Maui Vacation: stand up paddlers in the ocean

How Your Maui Vacation Can Make You Healthier!

Maui is a place of healing and rejuvenation. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. It’s no wonder those of us who live in Hawaii have the longest life expectancy of any other U.S. state! It’s possible to enjoy a healthy Maui vacation, too. Our island’s clean air, easygoing pace, inspirational natural beauty, and year-round mild climate promote wellness. On top of that, practitioners of healing arts and spirituality — from Acupuncture to Zen — abound here.

So, how can YOU tap into that healthy vibe when you are visiting Maui? Here are some suggestions for a healthy Maui vacation and some tips on our favorite Maui wellness practitioners—people who can help you get and stay healthy. Beyond the sun and sand, a Maui vacation can truly be life changing.

COVID UPDATE: This blog was updated in August 2021, but due to the continuing impacts of COVID-19, some of these practitioners, businesses, or activities might change their operations. Please check with them directly to verify their operating status and hours. Mahalo!



Healthy Maui Vacation: healing pools at Grand Wailea spa

Maui’s spas rank among the best in the nation, offering therapy, relaxation, and rejuvenation. There are many spa choices here, ranging from small boutique day spas to ultra-luxurious resort spas featuring grand facilities and exotic treatments, like Grand Wailea’s Spa Grande (pictured, photo courtesy of Grand Wailea). Spa treatments on Maui often incorporate locally-grown ingredients—such as coffee or cane sugar scrubs, seaweed wraps, lavender aromatherapy, or pineapple and papaya enzyme facials. Whether you’re just seeking muscle relief after a round of golf or a full day of soul-nourishing pampering, you will find what you want at a Maui spa. 



Healthy Maui Vacation: stand up paddlers doing yoga
SUP Yoga. Photo copyright Garrett Hacking,

Don’t just sit on the beach all day. If you’re gonna have a healthy Maui vacation, get up and DO something, even if it’s just to snorkel (that will force you to move your legs a bit)! Ask your accommodations if they offer a fitness room or where the nearest exercise class is taking place. There are lots of fitness classes on the island, such as zumba and oceanside yoga. Or try something more challenging like SUP yoga (yoga on a stand up paddle board) — a true core workout! Take a surfing lesson. Walk on the beach. Go hiking, or stroll along one of Maui’s beautiful coastal paths. It’s easy to let “Polynesian paralysis” set in here (eat, sleep, flop on the beach, sip a mai tai, eat, sleep, flop on the beach, sip a mai tai), so keep on moving!

Prior to COVID, the Maui Ocean Center (the island’s fabulous aquarium complex in Maalaea) provided one of the most unique yoga settings on the island with its Aquari-Om program. This weekly yoga class on Tuesday evenings took place at the Open Ocean Exhibit, where you were surrounded by sharks, rays, and colorful fish peacefully swimming about. Fingers are crossed that this program will be reinstated once COVID is no longer a threat.



Healthy Maui Vacation: two people getting massages

Looking for a truly great therapeutic massage on Maui? In our opinion, Sam Molitas and his skilled team at Maui’s Best Massage really do provide, well . . . Maui’s best massage. Known for a high level of professionalism and expertise, they offer relaxation, deep tissue, lomi lomi, couples and group massages at their studio in Kihei. Or call and they will come to you at your hotel, resort, or vacation rental. (808) 426-7418



Healthy Maui Vacation: picture of Ken Busto

Acupuncturist Ken Busto began his education over 20 years ago in Chinese medicine, and his passion for internal martial arts and qigong led him to acupuncture–specializing in corrective and rehabilitative exercise as well as performance enhancement. He practices in Wailuku (Central Maui). (808) 315-5020 



Sound healing is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years, promoting a state of relaxation, wellness, and meditation. Maui Sound Healing presents an evening of sound healing each month at Heritage Hall in Paia. Visit their website for the schedule.



Healthy Maui vacation: woman swimming with waterfall

Maui Healing Retreat provides unique and varied services, offering a variety of beautiful accommodations across the island, and retreats and programs for health and wellness, spiritual awakening, cleansing/detox, enhancing relationships, team building, and more. They can even provide healthy, organic meals. Take a look at their various packages, or they can customize a program to meet your needs for a truly healthy Maui vacation. 



Healthy Maui Vacation: healthy green juice

This little juice bar with locations in Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Paia serves up some of the healthiest food choices on the island. Local, fresh, organic foods. Salads, entrees, superfoods, cleanses, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, acai bowls. And the list goes on.



Healthy Maui vacation: woman having her back examined

Husband and wife team Matthew and Amanda Eller of ACE Physical Therapy are highly educated Physical Therapists using the most current and safest techniques in their practice.  Located in south Kihei at Dolphin Plaza, they regularly work with visitors who need ongoing treatment while on vacation.  




Healthy Maui Vacation: doctor at computer

Doctors On Call, serving Maui since 1987, recently introduced a new, state-of-the-art telemedicine service, so you can visit a doctor online for non-emergency issues. Just access the new service on a computer, tablet, or smart phone device from anywhere there’s an internet connection. So, instead of driving to a clinic, you can—for instance–show the doctor that pesky rash on your arm, get something to treat your painful sunburn, or arrange to refill the prescription meds you forgot to pack. 


Relax. Breathe. Move. It’s EASY to enjoy a healthy Maui vacation!

Healthy Maui vacation: woman doing yoga by the ocean



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Candy Aluli, Publisher

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