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Paradise in Maui

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A September 2006 trip to Maui by RoBoNC

Black Sand Beach, Waianapanapa State Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Maui is full of beaches and has wonderful nightlife in Lahaina. There is also the scenic drive on the Road to Hana and Mount Haleakala.

Paradise in Maui

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Overview

Drive to Hana Photo, Hana, Hawaii
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Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands and while Oahu is more popular with Japanese visitors, Maui is more popular with US and Canadian citizens. Maui is the largest island of Maui County which also includes the smaller islands of Lanai, Molokai, and the uninhabited island of Kahoolawe. Kahului is the largest city on the island and also has the main airport. Maui looks as if it is two separate islands that are connected together. There is the huge section of the island and a small portion which is known as West Maui with Kahului situated at the neck connecting the two. Lahaina is the largest town in West Maui and is the heaviest tourist destination on the island. Lahaina wa...Read More

Aston Maui Lu Resort

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Hotel | "Aston Maui Lu"

Aston Maui Lu Resort Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Our stay on the island of Maui was split between two hotels. With Maui being the second largest island in Hawaii, it made sense to stay at separate properties to reduce driving times from hotel to attraction. In Western Maui, we stayed at the Best Western Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, but discovered driving to the eastern side of the island could take up most of the day. To reduce driving time and maximize our fun, we stayed at the Maui Lu Resort in Kihei, located on the southern part of the island. The Maui Lu Resort is a budget hotel with rooms and amenities matching those of five star resorts. The hotel has 120 rooms on two floors with one king or two double beds. Located across the stree...Read More

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Aston Maui Lu Resort
575 South Kihei Road
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
(808) 879-5881

Road to Hana

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Attraction

Black Sand Beach, Waianapanapa State Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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One of the most scenic drives in the United States belongs to the island of Maui. The Hana Highway, or more commonly referred to as the Road to Hana, was designated in 2000 as the "Hana Millennium Legacy Trail." It has been included on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hana Highway is 68 miles in length winding its way around the coast of Maui to the town of Hana. The road consist of over 620 curves crossing 59 bridges, 46 of which are one-lane. Kahului, the largest city on Maui, is 52 miles from Hana, but takes about three hours to get there. A drive to Hana is an all-day excursion and one not to be missed. The Road to Hana begins in the town of Paia, where we stopped f...Read More

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Road to Hana
Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Drums of the Pacific

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Attraction

Imu Ceremony Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Luaus in Hawaii date as far back as 1856. A luau is basically a Hawaiian feast mixed with entertainment such as Hawaiian music and dancing such as hula. While all the islands offer luaus, not all are the same. Prices can vary dramatically and the experience may not be what you were hoping for, so it pays to research the different luaus. I decided to wait until we reached the island of Maui where we attended the Drums of the Pacific luau. This luau is held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on the Kannapali Beach in West Maui. This luau has been voted one of the best due to Chief Fa’a, who is the fastest fire dancer in Hawaii. We arrived at the hotel and walked to the Sunset Terrace overlook...Read More

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Mount Haleakala

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Attraction

Haleakala Volcano Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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While Mount Haleakala translates into "house of the sun" because the sun can be seen rising from the eastern side of the mountain, but it is also a great place to see it set or spend a wonderful night star gazing at the summit. Mount Haleakala is the highest point on Maui at 10,023 feet, surpassed only by Mauna Kea on the Big Island at 13, 796 feet. The park is divided into two parks with the Seven Sacred Pools only accessible by the Hana Highway. Traveling up to the summit of the mountain is a unique experience and you literally feel as if you are driving up to heaven. You start off at the base of the mountain right off of Route 378. From there the road begins to wind around the moun...Read More

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