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    The Fort

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 1, 2013

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    In Banyan Tree Park by the Courthouse stands the ruins that once were a Fort. The Fort was built after some uruly sailors who were mad at being deprived of the company of local women fired theirs cannons at the local Revrend's house. Later on in 1850; they began to tear down the fort to use the stone for the Hale Pa'ahao Prison.

    If there wasn't a plaque marking this spot; no one would know what it is.

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    Beach at Ka'ana'pali

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 30, 2013

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    The beaches in Maui are amazing and Kaanapali Beach is no exception! I love the fact that the beach has these amazing views of Lanai and Molakai to the distant. The sand is so powdery and soft and the water is always quite warm.

    There are a few miles of beach to enjoy with a coastal walk as well as the Whaler's Village where you can do some serious damage shopping. You can also find the Hula Grill as well as a few other dinning options.

    Ferni and I enjoy spending a few hours at the beach before hitting the Hula Grill for a drink and then some shopping at Whaler's Village.

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    Kaanapali Beach

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 29, 2013

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    Kaanapali Beach is a three mile stretch sand and clear blue waters. This beach area is quite popular and is lined by resorts, The Whaler's Village and restaurants.

    One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Held every evening at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, diving off of Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili.

    We like that there is a concrete path along the beach so it is easy to walk from the Hyatt all the way down to the Shearton by the Black Rock. This is also good for travelers with mobility issues that have to use a wheelchair or scooter to get around.

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    Mahulia (Serenity) Pool at Wailea Marriott

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    This is such a beautiful pool located at the Wailea Marriott resort. The Serenity pool is an adult only pool which overlooks the coast.

    The pool has some beautiful cabanas that you can rent. Or, you can find a lounge chair and sit around the pool.

    During out visit the pool was just perfect, void of any small children. It's a wonderful way to cool off.

    Another view of the pool at dusk Wonderful view from our room at dusk
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    Wailea Activity Canyon Pool (Grand Wailea)

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    Ferni and I had a ball at this pool. It’s 770,000-gallon pool that consists of nine different pools on six different levels and each pool is connected by a river that carries you along rapids and currents.

    The Wailea Canyon includes so many fun and entertaining pools like jungle pools, intertwining slides, a whitewater rapids slide, a Tarzan pool, a sand beach, six waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis, an infant pool and the world's first water elevator, and of course the swim-up bar.

    You can spend the whole day having fun and letting your inner child enjoy all the pools, slides, rapids and then hang out at the underwater swim up cave and enjoy a nice cool drink.

    Pools are open daily from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm, so plenty of time to enjoy every single one of them.

    That's me enjoying the slide Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee...going down one of the slides
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    Kihei Whirlpool(Grand Wailea)

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    One of the two whirlpools located at the Hibiscus Pool at the Grand Wailea is the Kihei Whirlpool. In the early moring hours there could be a chill in the air and this is a good way to warm up before enjoying some time at the pool.

    Ferni and I arrived at the pool as early as 7:30 am to enjoy some time at the whirlpool before hitting the other pools for some sun and fune.

    Warming up early in the am
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    Papawai Scenic Lookout

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    If you're driving to Lahaina from Wailea you will come across this little lookout. Ferni and I stopped here to enjoy a quick drink and the beauty of the sea. It’s a beautiful lookout where you just may enjoy a bit of whale watching.

    During our visits to Maui we’ve been lucky to see plenty of whales frolicking in the water. If you arrive during the later hours, stay and enjoy a wonderful sunset.

    The lookout from our car
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    Black Sand Beach (Honokalani)

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    This black sand beach is located at the Waianapanapa State Park just past the 32 mile marker of the Hana Highway.

    The beach was formed when the hot lava flow went into the ocean causing the molten lava to solidify. The difference in tempurature caused the lava to crack into small pieces making this black sand beach.

    To get to the beach you must walk down a small cliff. The beach, imho, is more of site seeing beach, where you snap a pic and maybe cool down your feet. I didn't see anyone on the beach sunning or swimming, but a few families laid out blankets enjoying picnics.

    After visiting the black sand beach definitely check out the anchialine pools located in a cave.

    Black sand beneath my feet
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    Molikini Crater

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    Molokini Crater is a marine sanctuary here in Maui. It is a small volcanic cone (caldera) located a few miles off the southern shores of Maui. The crater (caldera) is said to have formed over 150 million years ago and is one of best places to go snorkeling. You can see the caldera sticking out of the ocean from any area along the southern part of Maui.

    Because of the quality of the water surrounding the crater there is consistently superior clarity which makes Molokini an amazing snorkeling experience. It is said that visibilty can be as deep as 150 feet and with the abundance of sea life surrounding the caldera, that makes this an impressive place to visit. There are also large families of firds making the crater their home.

    Arrange for a snorkel trip with one of the many companies that offer half day tours. My suggestion is to arrange for an early morning tour. No matter when you go to Molokini you're sure to find plenty of other boats enjoying this magnificent location.

    Molokini in the distance Another view of Molokini from Wailea Beach
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    Whale Watching

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    I love whales and anytime I can get a chance to see these majestic creatures I am ecstatic. Maui is blessed with their winter migration south and you can usually enjoy them from November - May with February and March being the best times to see these beautiful creatures.

    The best places to catch a glimpse of the Humpback whale if you aren't doing a whale watching boat ride is along the South and West shores of Maui like Makena, Wailea, Kihie, Ma'alaea, Olowalu, Lahaina, Ka'anapali and Kapalua. We saw plenty at the Papawai lookout as well as from Wailea Beach while sunbathing.

    If you prefer to get an up close look at these creatures take a half day tour on a whale watching vessel.

    Ferni and I usually visit Maui in January and have been lucky to see the whales from the resort beach as well as look outs along the coast.

    Whale in the distance Some info at Papawai lookout More info Another look at the whale from a look out :)
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    Hit the road and drive around Maui

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    The resorts in Maui can be quite expensive and unless you have more than 4 days visiting this island I wouldn't recommend that you venture away from the resort since spending since you'll want to make the best of what your resort has to offer. But, if you don't mind forgoeing the activities in your resort, have plenty of time to venture out or are staying at a less expensive resort, I would definitely recommend that you get out and spend a whole day exploring some of the island.

    Ferni and I have stayed at expensive resorts and like to enjoy what the resorts have to offer, but we usally take one full day to enjoy other parts of the island.

    Maui has so many beautiful and natural wonders. Planning a full day of exploring is a good way to enjoy some of these wonders. I've included a small list of things that we have enjoyed and I would recommend (you must have a car), of course there is so much more to Maui than this very small list:

    Hana Highway -- Driving along the Hana Highway you will see many waterfalls, state parks, beaches including black and red sand beaches, caves, crystal clear pools and valleys.

    Iao Valley State Park -- Explor the park, check out the peeks and swim in crystal clear streams and watch divers jump.

    Haleakala State Park - Rise super early to catch the sunrise at the top of this Volcano, do some hiking or enjoy the beauty of the park.

    Waianapana State Park - Along the Hana Highway one of the best places to enjoy a black sand beach, some hiking or exploring the crystal clear cave pools.

    Lahaina - The beaches, shopping, good food and drinks.

    Sunset Cruise - We loved our sunset cruise, it was a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful coastline of Maui.

    We love Maui and with some many wonderful things to see and do, we will return to explore more of this island.

    Driving to Lahaina Another look at the road to Hana On our way to Iao Valley Driving from Haleakala So many beaches along the drive to Lahaina
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    Wailea Beach

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    With about 450 yards in lenght this beach is one of the most popular along the south shore of Maui. Here you will find some of the most expensive resorts on the island, including the Grand Wailea, Four Seasons, Wailea Beach Resort, Marriott Wailea Beach Resort. It's lined with a nice boardwalk with plenty of activities and restaurants to enjoy some lunch/dinner. Ferni and I have stayed at both the Marriott and Grand Wailea along the Wailea Beach and it's a wonderful beach to enjoy some sun and water activities.

    The beach does get crowded during certain times of the year, but there's still plenty of space for you to lay on a blanket or a chair to enjoy the beautiful waters of Maui.

    If you're lucky, you may also see turtles on the beach. During one of our visits we saw some humpback whales in the distance.

    Beautiful stretch of beach Sunsent over Wailea Beach Some beach loungers at the beach
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    "House of Sun" Haleakala Volcano

    by PeterVancouver Updated Apr 27, 2013

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    If you intend to get to the summit before dawn to see the sun rise, take plenty of warm clothes, as it may well be hot at sea level, but it is near to freezing at the summit. Many people take thick blankets from the hotel beds for this trip. The Haleakala (Red Peak) National Park ranges through 5 distinctly different climates zones. The road to the Haleakala summit holds the world record for climbing to the highest elevation in the shortest distance (38 miles). The dormant volcano's vast moonlike crater floor with its towering cindercones is a geological wonder. From the summit almost 2 miles high from sea level, the Big Island of Hawaii can be seen on a clear day.

    The preference would be to get to the sumit prior to sunset, as firstly there are fewer people, the view is equally or even more spectacular, and you dont freeze to death

    Most wise people brought their hotel bed covering with them as its unbelievable how warm it can be a sea level, yet so very cold at over 10,000 Ft where a ski jacket would not be out of place.

    I must confess I have seen better sun rises on a North- South early morning flight in Africa but was glad I didnt miss this as if nothing else the surrounding landscape seems very similar to the pictures I have seen of the moon.

    Summit station on  Haleakala sunset on Haleakala Sunrise in freezing conditions
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    Banyan Tree

    by cjg1 Written Mar 19, 2013

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    Right in the heart of Old Town Lahaina by the Courthouse is an exceptionally large and old Banyan Tree. The tree itself is over 60 feet tall and has over ten trunks that anchor it to the ground. This massive tree was first planted in 1873This massive tree provides a beautiful shaded area with benches underneath its branches. On weekends art exhibits and craft fairs take places under the shaded branches.

    Unfortunately some people do not respect the beauty of nature and sit on the branches, and pick at the bark. I'm hoping that visitors will take in stride the Hawaiian way of "Leaving behind only footprints", when they visit, instead of damage.

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    Whalers Village

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 13, 2013

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    Whalers Village is an outdoor shopping mall with a large variety of shops and restaurants right off of Kaanapali Beach. The shops include many brands you already know such as : Coach, Tommy Bahama, Sephore and PacSun. They also have local Hawaiian Brands such as Maui Divers Jewelry, ABC, Tori Richard and Na Hoku. In particular, I liked the open air setting along with the nice fountains throughout the area. The fountains had a nice ocean theme to them with sculptures of whales and fish.

    As for restaurants you'll find a nice array: Hula Grill, Leilaini's, Maui Fish & Pasta and a food court as well. My wife and I enjoyed some drinks and dessert at the Hula Grill and Dinner at Leilaini's.

    The mall also has the Whalers Village Museum that provides some history of the area.

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