Maui

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The island of Maui is the second largest of the eight major islands.

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Lahaina Town

Not even counting the beaches, Lahaina is the most visited spot in Maui. This is the only town in Maui with an extenuating menu for nightlife activity and where one can find all the action. Lahaina is nestled between the calm waters of the Auau Channel facing the island of Lanai and the verdant peaks and valleys of the West Maui Mountain Ranger. The town is perched on the western edge of Maui and is known as the gateway to the pristine beach resorts of Kapalua and Kaanapali which are located just to the north. Lahaina Town hosts some two million visitors a year. A little more than 9,118 people reside within the town's 5.8 square miles.

Haleakala National Park

has more endangered species than any other park in the NPS, even including species that are listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service but not native to the park. Isolation of the Hawaiian Islands from any mainland resulted in unique evolution here. There are only two native Hawaiian land mammals, the monk seal and the hoary bat. There are no native land amphibians or reptiles. Whales, turtles, dolphins and seabirds can sometimes be seen off-shore, while an afternoon spent looking for a glimpse of the freshwater inhabitants (shrimp, rock-climbing goby, other fish) can be a cool and rewarding way to spend your time. Haleakala is famous for its endangered silversword plant. Growing where it seems that almost nothing grows, it is a stunning contrast to the stark landscape.

Iao Valley

A Hawaiian nature center that offers educational programs and hiking tours. The valley center is open daily from 10-4. The Nature Center also features the Interactive Nature Museum where over 30-hands on exhibits can be found about the plants, animals, and natural history of Hawaii can be found. At the top of the ridge, there is a look out that over sees the valley and the Kahului Harbor.

Wailea Resort

Located in South, Maui Luxury. Nestled comfortably at the base of Haleakala along Maui's southern coast, Wailea is a resort community consisting of luxury hotels, private homes condominiums. Its name translates to "water of Lea." ( Lea is the goddess of Hawaiian canoe makers.) The resort also features an 18-hole golf course that host the annual Wendy's Champions Skins Game with appearances by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson. One could also enjoy tennis, the spa, shopping, and the beautiful beach.

Road to Hana

A Slice of Maui Heaven- Hana rests at the end of the 50-mile Hana Highway (360) that features 600 hairpin turns and 54 one-lane bridges. Stop often to drink in the sheer natural beauty that surrounds you: waterfalls, bamboo jungles, tropical flowers, tranquil ponds and scenic vistas. Tip: If you are prone to motion sickness, this may not be the activity for you.

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