Maui Journals

Maui No Ka Oi

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A March 2002 trip to Maui by Gwilym Owen

Maui definition of Treehuggers Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: The only Hawai’ian island named after a god, Maui lives up to this pedigree as the perfect tropical paradise. Even the Hawaiians say, ‘Maui no ka oi’ ("Maui is the best"). Legend has it Maui created the Hawaiian Islands when he pulled them up from the ocean with his fishhook.

Maui No Ka Oi

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Overview

Maui definition of 'Treehuggers' Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Maui is made up of two volcanoes which slowly merged in the middle, the western volcano is far older and heavily eroded creating tall jagged spires such as the majestic Iao Needle, and deep jungle clad valleys. Haleakala on the other hand is a shield volcano whose vast mass imposes its presence on more than three quarters of the island. Here you can make the pilgrimage to watch the sunrise in the ‘House of the Sun', or gaze in awe at its lunar landscape. Upcountry Maui is a district of cool climates and sleepy rural towns like the old cowboy town of Makawao with its thriving craft scene, and home to the tedeschi Winery – one of only two in all Hawai’i. For the adventurous, th...Read More

Lahaina

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Attraction

Lahaina Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Lahaina, whose name means 'Merciless Sun,' is the main tourist town of Maui. However, don’t let that put you off as it is one of the few places in Hawaii that has managed to preserve its rich history, most recognizable in its attractive 19th-century buildings. Before the Europeans arrived, Hawaiian chiefs and kings ruled this hot and dry ocean region. At one point after King Kamehameha had united all the Hawaiian islands, he made Lahaina the royal capital. Thus it remained until 1845, when Kamehameha III moved the capital to the larger town of Honolulu. During the 1840s the whaling industry was at its peak and hundreds of ships ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Lahaina

Maui, Hawaii

Haleakalā National Park

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Attraction | "Haleakala - House of the Sun"

Haleakalā National Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Hawaiian legend says that it was from Haleakala that Maui lassoed the Sun God to slow his passage across the sky--for this reason Haleakala is called the 'House of the Sun.' Haleakala is a dormant volcano that stands 10,023 feet at the end of Highway 377 and is one of the most sacred sites to the Hawaiians on all Hawaii. To catch the sunrise, you can either join a tour group or take the drive up yourself. Either way you’ll have to set your alarm for the wee hours of the morning and rouse yourself out of bed for the long journey up--remember to give yourself enough time to get to the top in time, because I can imagine nothing worse than going to all that effort just to miss the sunrise...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Haleakalā National Park
Po Box 369
Makawao, Hawaii 96768
(808) 572-4400

Marriott Luau

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Attraction | "Maui Marriott Lu'au"

Marriott Luau Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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What better way to understand the history and customs of the Polynesian Peoples than to go to a Lu'au!!? Everyone in town will tell you that the Old Lahaina Lu’au is the best Lu’au on the island of Maui – but what happens if you can’t get tickets, as it sometimes books out over a week in advance!!? Step in Maui Marriott Lu’au! Rated to be the second best – but don’t let not seeing the best put you off seeing an authentic Polynesian show featuring the best the Pacific Nations have to offer and prepare for a night to be remembered…! Ceremonies begin o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 14, 2003

Marriott Luau
100 Nohea Kai Drive
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 661 5828 / +1

Iao Valley State Park

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Attraction

Iao Valley State Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Just past Wailuku, administrative centre of Maui, the Iao Valley Road (Hwy 320 off Hwy 32) rises into the West Maui Mountains, snaking its way between jagged cliffs as it follows the Iao Stream towards the walls of the Pu'u Kukui Crater. The main feature of this most sacred and historic of sites is the majestic Iao Needle, which lies at the end of the paved road. Once used as a natural altar by native Kahunas (Priests), the towering 1,200-foot, basaltic, rich green carpet-covered pillar of rock has survived eons of water erosion to stand proud in this, one of the world's wettest places. When you stand here looking at this peaceful park with its well-maintained trails and gard...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2003

Iao Valley State Park
Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
No phone available

View of Lahaina facing East Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Each of my journals will have a freeform entry chronicling my epic overland journey of the United States from landing in New York on January 28th 2002, to my departure from Oahu on April 7th 2002 for New Zealand – Please note, these are written from a personal standpoint and while hopefully still useful from a travel point of view, please only read on if the highs and lows of a personal journey interest you... Maui: From Oahu – onwards to the The Big Island. We decided that we wanted to go somew...Read More