"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."            




MAKENA COVE



I'AO NEEDLE STATE PARK



KA'ANAPALI BEACH



HALEAKALA CRATER



CLIFF DIVER AT BLACK ROCK



SCUBA DIVING



SEVEN SACRED POOLS



LAHAINA HARBOR



GARDEN OF EDEN



SUNSET AT BIG BEACH



ROAD TO HANA

 MAUI - THE MAGIC ISLE 

When readers of Conde Nast Traveler were asked to name
the "best island destination in the world," they chose Maui; not once, but seventeen times. 

It's really no wonder that Maui's sun blessed beaches, her "golf coasts." and scenic small towns nestled at the base of volcanic summits have captured the hearts of those who know her; for Maui, the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain, is many destinations in one.

From the scenic heights of Haleakala to the whale-rich waters that hug the shoreline, Maui invites exploration and celebrates romance. Here you'll find dramatic geography alongside world-class resorts, small-town charm with five-star dining, high octane activities, and blissful relaxation; perfect for a family or for two of you. Refresh body and spirit in the cooling mist of waterfalls as you follow the winding road to Hana. Take in the rainbow hues of sunrise or sunset from Maui's highest peak. Stroll hand-in-hand through the lush surrounds of the 'Iao Valley. Enjoy the wonders of Maui's beaches, waters, and nearby islands. So much to do, or, if you prefer, so little. Let Maui work its magic on you!

LAHAINA: A National Historic District, Lahaina includes restored, period-piece museums that provide a sense of historic continuity, and attractions like the Lahaina Ka'anapali Railroad, a reminder of plantation days long past. Lahaina, however, is no stuffy relic, but a lively town of one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, and excellent restaurants. At night, Lahaina comes alive with a friendly mix of visitors and residents enjoying the action. Your Maui ocean adventures begin at Lahaina's picturesque harbor, home to a fleet of sport fishing vessels, catamarans, and yachts. Head out on whale watching excursions, snorkel sails and sightseeing cruises, or picnic trips to Lana'i or Moloka'i.

KA'ANAPALI: In ancient times, Ka'anapali was the playground of Hawaiian royalty. Located just two miles up the coast from Lahaina, Ka'anapali offers appealing variety in accommodations, activities, shopping, and dining. Hotels and condominium villages, ranging from indulgent to casual, face Ka'anapali's three mile stretch of beach. This playground also includes two championship golf courses. It's one of the few places that a breaching whale may distract you as you line up a putt. Ka'anapali's Whalers Village shopping center, with some of Maui's best shops, is also home to a whaling museum. After shopping, you can watch a diver in silhouette as he plunges from Pu'u Keka'a (Black Rock) into waters that reflect the brilliance of the Maui sunset. 

KAPALUA: At the northwest end of the island, elegantly manicured Kapalua is quietly nestled among Cook Pines that lend a country flavor to this popular resort. Dramatic lava peninsulas shelter the five bays of Kapalua, whose name is poetically interpreted as "arms embracing the sea." Kapalua is a resort community featuring luxury hotels and condominiums, three white sand beaches, award winning restaurants, more than 20 boutiques and galleries, historic sites, an art center, a tennis complex, and two renowned golf courses. Thousands of acres of pineapple surround the resort and provide a blue-green tint to the hillsides.

UPCOUNTRY MAUI: On Maui, upcountry is a state of mind as well as a region that begins at Pukalani and climbs the slopes of magnificent Haleakala to the ranchland communities of Makawao, Kula, Keokea, and 'Ulupalakua. This is home to Maui's oldest and largest ranches where paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) still ride the range. Rural Makawao introduces upcountry with hitching posts fronting the boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries that create the eclectic atmosphere of the area. Farther up the slope is Kula. Flower farms flourish here. Farms also grow sweet Kula onions and giant strawberries, as well as the exotic produce served in many of Maui's best restaurants. Sweeping vistas, cool dewy mornings, rainbows springing from vast pastures, plus botanical gardens hypnotically alive with floral color are all part of the upcountry experience.

KIHEI: A few minutes south of Ma'alaea is the Kihei Coast. a great spot for beachcombing, snorkeling, kayaking, and catching the spout or the breach of a giant humpback whale. Kihei is home to a vibrant community with a mix of moderately priced hotels and condominiums. Local businesses, restaurants, and one-of-a-kind shops cater to residents and visitors alike. When the sun goes down, Kihei's night-spots light up.

WAILEA: Continue south and you'll arrive at Wailea, a resort community distinguished by its five beautiful, crescent shaped beaches. Book a tee time in Wailea and golf some of the more beautiful courses in the country. The weather in Wailea is just about perfect for any outdoor activity with sunny days and clear, starry nights. Wailea is also known for its beautiful beaches, great for swimming and snorkeling. Nestled at the base of Haleakala Crater, the meticulous design and exquisite landscaping of Wailea's gently rolling terrain have combined to create a resort community of  luxury condominiums, stately private homes, award winning luxury hotels, restaurants, and shops.

HANA: The road to Hana, renowned for its hairpin turns and one-lane bridges is one of the more beautiful drives in the world and a highlight of any Maui visit. Panoramic views shift from breathtaking coastal vistas to the rugged wilderness of Maui's mountainous interior. This is the fantasy tropics; a place of waterfalls and rainforests densely draped in vines, of taro fields and botanical gardens, and nurseries alive with exotic flowers. The town of Hana is a magical little hamlet of simple homes and quiet gardens. Hana's isolation is the source of its charm, but as relaxing as it can be, it is also home to real adventure. In addition to dramatic coastal hikes, you can hang glide high above Hana, rewarded with unmatched views of Haleakala, or go underground and explore a cave.

MAKENA: Makena offers a secluded alternative at the end of the road. It's a place of dramatic contrasts. Plush landscaping and manicured fairways face an untamed wilderness where swimmers and snorkelers can find perfection and hikers can make their way along the King's Road, a rock-paved trail that encircled the island in early times. Makena has a resort hotel and several beachfront condominiums. Add tennis, pools, and great dining, and you'll understand Makena's appeal. Visitors can swim or snorkel in Makena's pristine waters, sunbathe on the expansive sand, or have lunch at a picnic table. With so much space, this area tends to be less crowded than other parts of the island. Past Makena, Haleakala's massive slope, cascading ruggedly into the ocean, stops you from reaching the tropical rain forests that await you in East Maui. No matter. There are plenty of reasons to go back the other way and take the long and winding road to Hana.


For many travelers, Maui is truly "the Magic Isle."
 If you're interested in a "destination paradise," 
Maui just might be for you.






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Maui,"the Magic Isle,"
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