Maui is truly a playground for the rich and famous. Everyone from Jennifer Love Hewitt to Steven Tyler to Sarah Palin has been photographed on vacation here, while some celebrities, like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, are well known to be repeat visitors. But as popular as Maui may be for screen sirens and pop stars, some celebs who just can't get enough of the island have decided to put down roots and call it home. Here are some of Maui's more famous residents.
Country music legend Willie Nelson makes his home on Maui's north shore, where he can not only be seen occasionally strolling the streets of Paia with his wife, Annie, but is known to frequent the local restaurant and bar Charley's. Once or twice a year, this American icon will actually take to the small stage at Charley's with his band for an unadvertised concert before a few very lucky fans.
You'll have to drive a little farther out of town to try to catch a glimpse of another country music "outlaw" who makes his home on Maui. Music and film legend Kris Kristofferson has been raising his family in the remote village of Hana for the past 20 years. Kristofferson also treats locals to the occasional concert, performing once or twice a year as a benefit for local charities.
Woody Harrelson is one of several Hollywood stars who've settled down on Maui to find a more peaceful life out of the spotlight. Living in Huelo on Maui's north shore with his wife, Laura Louie, and three daughters, Harrelson has been outspoken about his enjoyment of a private paradise that includes yoga, vegetarianism and marijuana.
One of the most recent celebrities to move to Maui, the star of "Marley and Me" purchased an $8 million oceanfront home on the island's North Shore in 2009. Locals have spotted Wilson enjoying a low-key evening out in Paia from time to time. The actor and his girlfriend welcomed their first child in 2011, and the baby boy was reportedly born at home. These days, the new father can occasionally be seen taking his son for a stroll at the beach.
The daytime diva has been a longtime Maui visitor and already owned several other properties on Maui, including a property in remote Hana, when she purchased the historic Thompson Ranch in Kula. The property's location high on the slopes of mount Haleakala gives it sweeping views of the ocean and central valley, and Winfrey converted the stately old ranch manager's home into an exclusive bed-and-breakfast. Not satisfied with the winding, 90-minute drive from her new home to the swanky restaurants and shops of Wailea, in 2010 Winfrey paid to pave a 4 mile gravel road through ranch lands for a private shortcut down the mountain.
The "man with no name" has made no secret of his affection for island life, building a multi-million-dollar oceanfront house in South Maui, where he lives part-time with his wife, Dina, and calling Maui his "adopted second home." Eastwood has stepped out in his backyard to appear as an honoree at the Maui Film Festival, is known to enjoy a round of golf in Wailea, and has even said he goes grocery shopping barefoot at a market near his store. The Oscar winner has also featured Maui in his movies, filming a pivotal sequence of his 2010 film "Hereafter" in Lahaina.