The island of Maui is located between Oahu and Hawaii. It is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Two million people visit yearly. Polynesian and Asian influences are prominent through the clothing, cuisine and architecture. A blend of cultures and styles exists; high end resorts and hotels attract the rich and famous while in some villages ancient Hawaiian is still spoken.
Known generally as the Valley Island, an amazing non active volcano, 10,023-foot Haleakala erupted five million years prior to make the 279-square-mile island, together with the now-wiped out Pu’u Kukui. As delicate mist travel through the valley between the volcanoes, rainbows appear and rich sugar cane scents fill the moderate exchange winds. The valley structures the island’s flourishing agricultural area, where tropical foods and flowers grow and develop in abundance.
Visit the seaside streets of Lahaina on the northwest coast of the island. Visit the museums and National Historic Landmarks to learn about Lahaina’s whaling town storied past. The young surfing crowds flock to Pa’ja and the best place to watch the world’s top sailboarders is Ho’okipa Beach.
The region is optimal for outdoor enthusiasts offering camping and hiking. For the more adventurous guest experience a paragliding tour in the mountains or a helicopter ride to the remote areas of the island. The weather is optional for swimming year round, boating and whale watching. The Haleakala volcano is the most popular attraction with more than one million visits each year. It erupted about 200 years ago, and the sight from the 3,000 foot-deep crater is spectacular – just like the island.
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