Maui, the second-largest Hawaiian island, is often overshadowed by its tourist magnet of a neighbor, Oahu.

But that’s exactly why there’s no better place to visit than the “Valley Isle.”Home to virtually pristine beaches and a sprawling national park, parts of Maui are still untouched by the swaths of tourists who frequent the islands.

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The island is also home to vodka and rum distilleries on the rugged landscapes of the upcountry and a restaurant scene with native Hawaii, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Portuguese influences.

On a trip arranged by Hawaii Tourism Authority in October, nearly every chef I spoke to talked about the island’s increasing reliance on locally grown produce to inform Hawaii’s culinary identity.

Take the meal to go, grab a table near Kahului Bay and enjoy the ocean views and mountainous coastlines.

There’s also the recent arrival of Sheldon Simeon’s Lineage in Wailea, which will likely bring new attention to Maui’s food scene.

Happy hour is offered from 3-6pm daily, and the best part is that it is one of the only places on Maui that stays open until 2 am!

Finally, there is a place for real nightlife on Maui again.

Featuring a full professional stage, lighting and the top sound system on Maui, here you’ll find a host of local and world-famous DJs, live bands, karaoke, comedy shows and more for your entertainment pleasure.

The Dirty Monkey is the perfect place to dance the night away during your visit to Maui.

Hawaii News Now's Mileka Lincoln spoke to Scott's ex-boyfriend and the father of her unborn child, Steven Capobianco.

He is the last person to have seen Scott Sunday night before she disappeared.

By the 1950s, mobile trucks began selling these lunches on paper plates, eventually giving rise to the popularity of food trucks and plate lunches all over the islands. Take a 30-minute walking tour of Surfing Goat Dairy Farm on the slopes of Maui’s Haleakala crater and grab some garlic-chive, jalapeño or sun-dried tomato-goat cheese on the way out.