Maui

The Valley Isle

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Maui offers a range of attractions from upscale resorts to laid-back villages. It is famed for its tropical landscapes, long beaches, stunning waterfalls, sporting lifestyle and spirit of Aloha.

Maui's unique geography is shaped by two volcanic cones and the variations of land from mauka (mountainside)  to makai (oceanside).

Kahului is the main commercial center with a cruise ship port, typical box stores and shopping malls and a small historical area. 

Wailuku is the historic area of Kahului with buildings dating from the missionary days in the early 1800s.

Vast sugar cane plantations and sugar production mills were important to Hawaii's economy and communities from the 1860s to the 1960s.

The Maui Ocean Center is an aquarium that features displays on fish, mollusks, sharks, humpback whales and sea turtles.

The MOC researches and reproduces coral reef, sandy shore and deep sea habitats.

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is a salt marsh which is home to 30 species of birds.

From Makena Beach, offshore Molokini can be seen, where coral reefs have formed in the semi-circular tuff crater.

Exclusive resorts line the Wailea beaches in South Maui.

The Hyatt Regency Hotel has exotic gardens and a penguin pool.

Iao Valley State Park is a lush mountain valley with a distinctive needle-shaped peak. It has hiking trails and viewpoints. At its base lies Kepaniwai Park's Heritage Gardens which have memorialized Maui's multicultural history with scale models of buildings and gardens representing the immigration of Hawaiian, American missionary, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, and Filipino cultures.

In the 1850s, Lahaina was a major whaling center. It is now a charming tourist destination full of shops and galleries.

Historic homes, shops, inns and parks line Lahaina's Front Street.

Maui's 30 miles of beaches include the popular Kahana, Ka'anapali and Kihei areas.

Kameole Beaches I, II and III are family favourites for their rocky outcroppings for snorkelling and their gentle surf for boogy-boarding.

The tradition of diving from Black Rock in Ka'anapali dates from the native Hawaiians who viewed it as a portal to the ancestral realm.

The Olivine tide pools in West Maui are magnificent but dangerous.

 

Dragon's Teeth at Kapalua is an unusual light-colored lava formation.

Snorkelling and whale watching excursions are readily available from the piers at Lahaina, Maalaea and Mokapu.

Maui is rich with fine artisans who are inspired by the beauty of the island.

There is a tradition of the blowing of conch shells as the sun sets.
 

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This site was last updated 03/04/19