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Treasures of Maui

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An August 2001 trip to Maui by Zeke111

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Maui is one of the most serene and beautiful places in the world. It is both adventures and relaxing. It is the perfect getaway for you and your spouse.

Treasures of Maui

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Overview

Seven sacred pools Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Maui offers two distinct climates, desert on the west side and tropical rain forest on the east, and a hundred different little adventures to embark on. The highlights for us were coasting down Haleakala on a mountain bike, driving the road to Hana, and, of course, just relaxing on the beach. We stayed at the beautiful Renaissance on Wailea Beach, away from the crowds on what seemed like our own little piece of heaven. The weather is perfect, the water is warm, and the drinks are smooth. What else can you ask for? Quick Tips: The weather is perfect year-round, but if you are interested in whale-watching, the whales show up during the winter and can be seen from land. There is ple...Read More

Renaissance Wailea

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Hotel

Renaissance Wailea Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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This hotel/resort is exactly what we were looking for. It is located on the west side of Haleakala and south of the airport. It is one of the more secluded locations on the island. Most of the high-rise hotels are over by Lahiana. This side of the island is much quieter and slower-paced, a more relaxing environment. The hotel itself is located right on the waterfront and boasts its own private beach. It has a beautiful high ceiling and open-air lobby that overlooks the gardens, pool, and, finally, the beach. In the gardens, you will find many Hawaiian flowers, as well as a small stream where coy sill stop and say hello to you. (Or maybe they wanted food.) Either way, they are a fun addition...Read More

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Renaissance Wailea
Wailea
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakalā National Park

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Attraction | "Biking Down Haleakala"

Haleakalā National Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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One of the things you will be able to do in Maui is visit the largest volcano on the island Mt. Haleakala. However, there are some better ways to experience this beautiful place then others. The best way is to coast down the mountain on a mountain bike. The company you pick will come pick you up at about 2am (this adventure is worth the early start), and they will take you to get a little breakfast at their headquarters, where they will set you up with a mountain bike and a helmet and give you the brief plan for the day. They will then pack you up take you on the hour van ride up to the top of this 10,000-foot volcano. At the top, you will be able to watch the sun rise over the blank of clo...Read More

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

Road to Hana

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Attraction | "The Road to Hana"

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Hana is located on the eastern tropical rain-forest side of Haleakala. The city is not the reason to do the drive. The reason to go is the drive itself. It starts on the north part of the island and follows the coast around for 50 miles. The road hugs the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The average speed on this road is no more than 20mph. It has 50-plus single-lane bridges and over 600 curves. This is where you will want the convertible or jeep like we had. On the inland side of the road are lush jungles and small waterfalls. The beauty gets grander as you get deeper into the jungle. There are many places to stop and take pictures. Even though it is only 50 miles to Hana, the trip will ...Read More

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Road to Hana
Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Molokini Crater

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Attraction

Molokini Crater Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Snorkeling and Molokini Crater was an interesting experience. Most hotels can either set this trip up for you or put you in the right direction. The trip consists of taking an hour boat ride out to the crater, where you get to spend time snorkeling around the boat. At the crater, the reef is no more than 50 feet deep. You will find many small to medium tropical fish, and if you are lucky, a turtle might float by. You'll spend 2 hours or so there before you head back. On the way back, you will get a lunch and enjoy the ocean breeze. Unfortunately, this trip isn't all it is cracked up to be. When you do get to the crater, you will find it to be very crowded, with as many as 15 oth...Read More

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Molokini Crater
Alalakeiki Channel
Maui, Hawaii