See Maui from the sky!
Fondest memory: We took the Blue Hawaiian "Maui Spectacular" helicopter tour. We flew around the entire island and learned much about Maui. We saw things you would never see from the road. I think this was the best part of our trip.Related to:
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The lay of the land
Favorite thing: Maui—Noi Ka Oi—You’ll see this a lot in Maui. It means “Maui’s the best.” To a lot of people this is absolutely true.
A little about geography. Maui is actually an island formed by two volcanos and looks something like a figure eight. The eastern half is the younger and larger part of the island with Mount Haleakala as it’s volcano.
This side of Maui is both wetter and drier than the western side of the island. It is wetter on the Northern shore and drier on the Southern shore. The North side of the island is not the tourist section, but the road to Hana is famous. This is a tropical drive that you need to take at least once. With all the rain you get on this part of the island, you will see numerous waterfalls and will be on a road that has over 500 hairpin turns and 50 one lane bridges. The trip is 52 miles long, but will take from 2 to 4 hours to make on highway 360 (Hana Highway). There are a number of beautiful sights to see and going to Hana is not to be missed. In addition to the crazy drive, once you get there, you will find a state park (Waianapanapa) with a black beach, a “sacred” pool with small red shrimp that are supposed to symbolize the blood of a Hawaiian queen (Popualaea) who died there, and the seven sacred springs (Ohe’o gulch) that cascade down to the sea. You are only supposed to go to Hana and then you need to go back the same way you came, but “some people” continue to ride around the island. If you do, you violate your rental car contract, but there is only about 8 miles of absolutely terrible roads. It takes about an hour to drive this and then you get on paved roads again. The landscape is almost eerie as you move from the wet to the bone dry part of the island.
The western part of the island is the more heavily populated by tourists and tourism. On this half of the island you will find Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapulua (plus numerous other areas).
Fondest memory: The pluses and minuses of the two halves. The Western half has more restaurants, high end hotels, shopping, etc. than does the eastern half. It is also smaller, so its attractions are closer together. It also has smaller beaches for more people and bigger crowds. The Eastern half has seen a big building boom in the past few years and is getting more shopping, hotels, etc. It has bigger beaches, more room and because as you get farther east, you get drier, you have more landscaping and absolutely beautiful planned grounds. You actually will find cacti growing wild in unwatered sections.
When we first went to Maui we stayed in Kaanapali on the western half. Through the years we have moved to the eastern half and now find Wailea to be our place of choice. Part of this is because we have grown more crowd adverse as we have gotten older. We also now go to Maui primarily to rest and relax (we’ve already seen all the sights).Related to:
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Maui is second largest of the...
Favorite thing: Maui is second largest of the main Hawaiian Islands. The land was formed from two volcanoes. If you look at the silhouette of Maui on the map, it looks like the head and torso of the mythical demigod.
The head is the West Maui , and its profile is that of old man whose wrinkled brow and cheeks are the West Maui Mountains. The highest peak here is Puu Kukui, at 5,788 feet. The low, flat isthmus planted primarily in sugarcane is the neck that connects the head of west Maui to the torso of East Maui (Haleakala – 10,023 feet above sea level). The nape of the neck is made up of the twin cities of Wailuku, the county seat, and Kahului, where visitors arrive at Maui’s airport. The isthmus, separating east and west, is the reason Maui is called “The Valley Isle”.
No one exactly knows when the...
Favorite thing: No one exactly knows when the first Polynesians arrived to Hawaii, but the great “deliberate migrations” from the southern islands seem to have place 500-800A.D.They arrived by an combination of extraordinary good luck and uncanny ability to sail and navigate without instruments, using the sun by day and the moon and rising stars by night. They could feel the water and determine direction by swells, tides, and currents. The movements of fish and cloud formations were also utilized to give direction. Since their first arrival was probably an accident, they were unprepared to settle on the fertile but barren lands, having no stock animals, plants cuttings, or women. Forced to return southward, they brought home tales of a paradise to the north where land was plentiful and the sea bounteous. This is affirmed by ancient navigational chants from Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora; and a few migrations followed. For five centuries the Polynesians settled and lived peacefully on the new land, as if Hawaii’s aloha spirit overcame most of their fierceness. The tribes coexisted in relative harmony, especially since there was no competition for the land.
Than in the 12th century warlike Tahitians arrived and subjugated the settled islanders. This incursion had a terrific significance on the Hawaiian religious and social system. A Tahitian priest, Paoo, found the mana of the Hawaiian chefs to be low, signifying that their gods were weak. He introduced the warlike god Ku and the rigid kapu system through which the new rulers became dominant. Voyages between Tahiti and Hawaii continued for about 100 years. Then suddenly, for no recorded reason, the voyages discontinued and Hawaii returned to total isolation.
The islands remained forgotten for almost 500 years until English seamen, Captain James Cook sighted Oahu on January 18, 1778…you know the rest of the story.
This is Molikini were I...
Favorite thing: This is Molikini were I snorkled, I got this picture from the web site http://www.hawaiifunplanner.com/maui.html
This is a great site to help plan your trip, but I wouldn't pay the prices they are asking you can get the same thing at other sites for cheaper. Also it is cheaper to buy tickets before you go, that way you get reservations and a cheaper price.
Go snorkeling or diving or...
Favorite thing: Go snorkeling or diving or something that gets you into the ocean and looking at that whole other world going on under the surface.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory was sitting on the beach in my bikini, despite the fact that my body has had three children grow inside of it and it reflects that fact. Like I said everybody is kick back so nobody ran me off the beach.
Favorite thing: watch the sun go down over the ocean. It's unlike any sunset in the world.
Fondest memory: Watching my first sunset, and listening to the concha horns being blown and the waves on the shore. That alone will bring me back time and time again.
Lahaina, nicest little city in Hawaii
Favorite thing: Maui has so much to offer and much of comes from Lahaina, the town on the west side of the island.
Fondest memory: Spending time at a beach, any beach, watching a sunset.Related to:
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Maui Activities & Attractions
Favorite thing: Its so helpful to pick up all the guides at the Kahului Airport, you can check all the local current activites. Its mostly advertisements, but you may come across an ad that interests you.Related to:
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- Diving and Snorkeling
Relax a Little... its a vacation after all.
Favorite thing: relax a little, take in a sunset...go for a nice walk along the beach, read a book... do the things that you want to do when you are at home and CANT do em.
Enjoy the stuff you can't plan for
Favorite thing: I'm sure when they tied up their boats they had no idea that a few lucky people would see how beautiful it would all turn out.
Photograph yourself in the late sun
Favorite thing: Right before the sun goes down everyone's skin looks incredible. Be sure to catch yourself in this light. I wish the whole world was lit like this every day!
Great Sandwiches at this road stand.
Favorite thing: No fun just looking at the sign that sells the food , we might as well have a look at the food. A yummy shredded Pork sandwich .
Pretty good for our tummies.Related to:
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Lahaina Ficus Tree
Favorite thing: Largest Ficus Tree on Maui. Watch out for the drug dealers that hang out in the park where it is located.Related to:
Favorite thing: Lahaina was a quaint little town. Perfect day trip for a rainy day. Lots of stores, restaurants, boat dock and the largest ficus tree in Maui.
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