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Maui no ka Oi! Maui is the best!

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A May 2005 trip to Maui by dcdc75

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Maui is paradise on earth. It is peaceful, lush, and green, yet has enough tourist attracions to make it the top tourist spot in Hawaii.

Maui no ka Oi! Maui is the best!

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Overview

Secluded beach in West Maui. Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Indeed Maui is the ultimate destination for world-weary travelers, rosy-eyed lovers, hard core surfers, and everyone else in between. Where else can you hike along lush and pristine rainforests, go snorkeling in an extinct crater, frolic along miles of beautiful sandy beaches, and swim under gushing waterfalls; all accessible via a 6-hour flight from the West Coast? Whether your intentions are to climb Haleakala volcano, marvel at migrating humpback whales, kayak in the luminous blue ocean, windsurf, kiteboard, mountain bike, golf, or just work on your tan, Maui has something for everyone.Of course, as with any other popular tourist destination, it is undeniable that you will be met with h...Read More

Secret Cove

Attraction

Secret Cove Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We found paradise right here at the Secret Cove. The reason why this place is virtually deserted is because the waves are really strong here, you'll get pounded by the waves even when you are only waist deep in the sea. We loved this local hidey hole and spent a lot of time here in one of the best kept secrets in Maui.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2006

Lahaina Historic District

Attraction | "Lahaina Center"

Lahaina Historic District Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Lahaina means 'cruel sun. Indeed, the sweltering heat and humidity are more severe here than anywhere else in Maui. Thankfully, the biggest banyan tree in North America provides ample shade for tourists at a craft fair in Lahaina. The main tourist strip in this old whaling town runs along the shoreline. There are hordes of tourist and five-star resorts in this part of town. This is a great place to just chill out and get some souvenirs. Some free parking can be obtained behind the main street.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2006

Lahaina Historic District
West Side of the Island
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761

Road to Hana

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Attraction

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Driving the famed Hana highway, which connects north and west Maui to the more isolated east side, is often compared to driving through the Garden of Eden because of its beautifully lush scenery complete with sky–high rainforests and towering waterfalls. Carved by eons of volcanic activity, this landscape that varies from open fields to dense jungles is wonderfully juxtaposed against the wide blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean. It is indeed a testament to the sheer beauty of this highway that almost 2000 drivers, each day, willingly undertake the challenge of slowly driving this narrow, two-laned, blind cornered, never straight, somewhat harrowing road with 600 turns! So come equipped with ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

Road to Hana
Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Pa'ia

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The main street in Pa'ia. Photo, Paia, Hawaii
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One of the quaintest places you will ever encounter in Maui is the little town of Pa’ia; the last real town you will meet on your start to the Hana highway. Pa’ia’s charm rests in its total lack of pretension and interest in wooing visitors- there are no great views or waterfalls to attract the hordes, no aquariums or exhibition centers to entertain children- in fact the scenery here is downright ordinary. Yet the disheveled appearance of the town and its ‘bizarre’ characters roaming around the tiny streets give the town its own unique character. The townspeople look like they have just time-traveled from Woodstock; almost everyone is, to varying degrees, feathered, sequined, tattooed, dreadlocked and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2007