If vacation time is limited, make sure to put these on your priority list.
1. WATCH THE SUNRISE AT HALEAKALA
Rising 10,023 feet above Maui’s coastal areas is the massive shield volcano HALEAKALA. This sleeping giant is enormously popular and easily accessible for visitors; in fact, it has become a ritual for those staying on the island to rise before dawn and trek to the mountaintop in the chilly darkness to watch the sun make its way across the morning horizon. Hawaiian legend goes that the DEMIGOD MAUI traveled to the very spot modern-day visitors do to wait for the sun to rise. However, Maui wasn’t looking to capture a stunning nature shot; rather, he was waiting to lasso the sun and slow its progress over the islands because his mother, Hina, complained that her kapa cloth would not dry properly. As the myth goes, Maui’s lasso hit its target, and it was only after the great yellow orb promised to travel more slowly through the sky that Maui loosened his rope.
Haleakala has been inactive since 1790, when two minor flows occurred on the southwest rift zone near La Perouse Bay. The GREAT BASIN below the summit, commonly called a CRATER, is 3,000 feet deep, 7.5 miles long and 2.5 miles wide and is actually an “erosional depression” where water, wind and possibly glaciers once cut into the mountain. Later, new lava flows partially filled the basin, leaving cinder cones to mark their eruptions.
PU‘U O MAUI, the tallest cinder cone, reaches 500 feet from the basin floor.
The SLUMBERING VOLCANO— whose name literally means “HOUSE OF THE SUN” in Hawaiian—is the centerpiece of a 30,058-ACRE PARK that extends from Haleakala’s summit to Kipahulu Valley on the Hana coast. A place of legends and intriguing biological diversity, the park attracts more than 1 million visitors a year and offers plenty of alternatives to a sunrise vigil in a well-populated crowd.
Commercial BIKING TOURS, which originate just outside the park entrance, have become a popular endeavor for skilled adventurers. The 38-mile ride down the volcano follows a scenic, twisting, two-lane highway. Riders are transported by van to the park entrance and escorted downhill.
Non-commercial bicycle riders are allowed in the park as long as they avoid hiking paths and stick to the narrow, winding mountain road that carries vehicles throughout the park. HIKING, CAMPING, HORSEBACK RIDING and GUIDED NATURE TOURS also are popular.
Call the National Weather Service (866-944-5025) for an update on the day’s weather forecast. A recorded message will give you information on sunrise and sunset times, as well as viewing conditions at the summit. Temperatures at the peak typically range from 32 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit but occasionally dip below zero.
The park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No food or gas are available inside. There is a $10 entrance fee that is valid for three days. The drive, if made on paved roads from the island’s coastal areas, takes about two hours.
2. GET A WINDOW SEAT ON A SUBMARINE
ATLANTIS SUBMARINES offers travelers a unique undersea adventure tour available nowhere else on Maui, one that is fun, eco-friendly, educational, safe and provides guests a close-up view of the island’s beautiful marine world and diverse fish population— all without ever getting wet!
Operating the most technologically advanced passenger submarines in the world, Atlantis takes guests to depths of more than 100 feet to view schools of TROPICAL FISH of all shapes, sizes and colors. The battery-powered submarine— MAUI’S ONLY REAL SUBMARINE— emits no pollutants and silently descends into a natural habitat that is a frenzy of activity. (In the winter months, guests often see HUMPBACK WHALES during their annual migration to the Hawaiian Islands!)
Making the experience more enjoyable is Atlantis’ experienced crew, which treats guests to a guided tour that’s entertaining, educational and keeps passengers engrossed in the wonder of Maui’s marine life.
A highlight of the tour is seeing the CARTHAGINIAN, a replica whaling ship and former tourist attraction acquired by Atlantis in 2005 that now is serving a new purpose as an ARTIFICIAL REEF for Maui’s ocean life. Last year, Atlantis celebrated 25 years of sharing the magnificence of Hawai‘i’s marine environment and its message of conservation with guests from around the world.
The ticket office and checkin location are at Pioneer Inn in LAHAINA.
ATLANTIS SUBMARINES (808) 667-0471
3. EXPLORE MAUI’S EYEPOPPING AQUARIUM
Located at Ma‘alaea Harbor Village just off Honoapi‘ilani Highway between Kahului and Lahaina, the $20 million MAUI OCEAN CENTER is designed to draw visitors in through a series of INDOOR AND OUTDOOR EXHIBITS that twist and wind their way through an impressive array of living coral reef. Aptly named “THE HAWAIIAN AQUARIUM,” this state-of-the-art marine park is the only facility in the world dedicated to fostering an understanding and respect for Hawai‘i’s bountiful marine life. Its LIVING REEF EXHIBIT features the largest collection of live coral on display in the nation, while other displays and educational tours showcase the language, history and lore of the Hawaiian Islands.
The ocean center’s marine collection has been entirely assembled from Hawaiian Islands’ waters. GREEN SEA TURTLES— part of a hatch-and-release program— eventually are returned to the ocean. The enchanting 750,000-gallon OPEN OCEAN EXHIBIT can be likened to standing in a giant fishbowl—with thousands of fish swirling around you. Designed to simulate a walk in the ocean, the exhibit features a 52foot long, 4-inch thick, 240-degree, see-through acrylic tunnel. It is not uncommon for visitors of all ages to press their faces to the sides of the tunnel or lay their bodies flat on the floor just for a better view of the creatures of the deep.
If you have an urge to dive with sharks, stingrays and other tropical reef fish, the ocean center’s SHARK DIVE PROGRAM can oblige. Dive days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 8:15 a.m. Divers must carry a scuba-certified card and be at least 15 years old. The center provides the air tank and weight belts; the rest of the gear— wetsuit, mask, underwater camera, etc.—is up to you. Children ages 8-13 will also have the opportunity to experience the aquarium after dark at “SLEEP WITH THE SHARKS”: an exciting, interactive sleepover at Maui Ocean Center on October 10 from 5:30 p.m. Friday evening till 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The $60 fee (plus tax) includes meals, snacks, a souvenir, sea turtle feeding and more! For more information, call (808) 270-7075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expect to stay at the center for two hours. DIGITAL AUDIO GUIDES in English, Spanish and Japanese are available, and naturalists are standing by to answer questions and give presentations, which take place on a regular basis throughout the aquarium. TWO RESTAURANTS also are available, as is a GIFT SHOP.
The Maui Ocean Center is open daily from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. and offers plenty of free parking. It is handicapaccessible throughout.
MAUI OCEAN CENTER (808) 270-7000
4. LET YOURSELF GO ON A ZIPLINE
ZIPLINING, which gained popularity in the jungles of Costa Rica, is well suited for Maui, where large tracts of wild, breathtaking terrain provide the perfect backdrop for zipliners to sail through the treetops, dip into valleys and generally do their best imitation of a “James Bond” getaway.
SKYLINE ECO-ADVENTURES introduced the sport to the island more than a decade ago at its location on Haleakala Ranch and later opened another location above Ka‘anapali. Skyline now offers new lines and new activities—and its most exciting attraction: Maui’s first-ever ZIP N’ DIP TOUR! The thrilling Zip n’ Dip with four-line zip course, double racing line and two new zip lines will surely get your heart pounding with excitement as you soar through tree tops to hidden
valleys and waters. The threehour excursion (introductory price $139.95/per person) includes a stop at a natural mountain pool where guests can enjoy unlimited Zip n’ Dips, splashing in the natural pool, boogie boarding, stand-up paddle boarding and lounging on a raft while overlooking breathtaking mountain scenery. Skyline’s traditional KA‘ANAPALI TOUR entails four hours of fun on eight lines at $149.95 per person. Views of West Maui, neighbor islands Moloka‘i and Lana‘i and the Pacific Ocean create the perfect backdrop. The 4.5-hour ULTIMATE TOUR brings together the best of both worlds: the complete Zip n’ Dip Tour, plus five zip courses from Ka‘anapali Tour, for $179.95 per person (includes a snack break on Skyline’s viewing platform overlooking a 1,000-foot valley).
In late 2008, PIIHOLO RANCH unveiled its upcountry zipline course with 16,000 feet of lines spanning 60 acres of its 800-acre cattle ranch, and recently, FLYIN HAWAIIAN ZIPLINE came on the scene with a course that begins at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu and ends near Ma‘alaea Harbor.
NORTHSHORE ZIPLINE also opened up a seven-line canopy tour at Camp Maui in Haiku.
Each location and course is unique. For example, Skyline’s KA‘ANAPALI COURSE starts with an exciting ride in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to the jump-off point and is equipped with eight high-speed lines and a wealth of panoramic views. At the company’s HALEAKALA LOCATION, which features five ziplines, you’ll walk about a halfmile through the woods and cross an Indiana Jones-style swinging bridge to the starting point.
The course at Piiholo Ranch is one of the longest in the world, and accessing the ziplines is an adventure in itself, as thrill-seekers must cross a 317-foot-long, 90-foot-high suspension bridge. THE TANGO TOWER, which is the launch point for Line 4, features multiple climbing structures, a suspension bridge and a hammock at the top. Line 5, approximately 3,200 feet in length, is the longest zipline in the six-line course.
Kids 5 years and older are welcome (with a custodial parent) on Northshore Zipline’s TREE-TO-TREE CANOPY TOUR, made up of seven lines. Located at CAMP MAUI IN HAIKU, this zip tour is perfect for making family vacation memories. Find them by taking the Hana Highway (36 East) toward Hana, past Pa‘ia. Turn onto Haiku Road at mile marker 11, head uphill for 1.5 miles, then turn left at Haiku Town Center (Haiku Market Place). Keep going toward Kauhikoa Road, ending at 2065 Kauhikoa Road.
To get to Skyline’s Haleakala headquarters, take Highway 37 to Highway 377, turn left on Highway 378 (Crater Road) and drive 2.5 miles to the red-and-white building on the left. The Ka‘anapali tour assembles at Skyline’s retail store in the Fairway Shops in Ka‘anapali. NOTE: Skyline now offers transportation to and from its Haleakala course from Kihei and Wailea.
Piiholo Ranch is near MAKAWAO. Travel east through the main intersection (four-way stop signs) on Makawao Avenue and turn right on Pi‘iholo Road immediately past St. Joseph’s Church and Cemetery. Continue on Pi‘iholo Road for 1.5 miles, then turn left on Waiahiwi Road, which is the first paved left. Follow the road to the ranch gate and entrance. MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763 MAUI ZIPLINE (808) 633-2464 NORTHSHORE ZIPLINE CO. (808) 269-0671 PIIHOLO RANCH (808) 374-7050 SKYLINE ECO-ADVENTURES (808) 878-8400
5. SIT IN THE SHADE OF A BANYAN TREE
There is a small park along Front Street in LAHAINA sheltered by an ENORMOUS BANYAN TREE where quiet contemplation, impromptu picnics and the frequent outdoor art show are commonplace.
One of the largest banyan trees in the United States, this Lahaina tree was imported from India and planted in 1873 in COURTHOUSE SQUARE to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lahaina’s first Christian mission. Today, it stands 60 feet tall and spreads over 200 feet in an area commonly called BANYAN TREE PARK.
The banyan’s 12 MAJOR TRUNKS stem from one huge core—yes, those trunks all belong to one tree. See, banyans have dangling roots that grow downward, seeking soil, and when the roots connect with the soil, new trunks begin to form and the tree expands. That is why from this single banyan, branches spread over the park like a jungle canopy, perfect for relaxation, reflection or kanikapila (a Hawaiian term for gathering together and playing music).
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIRS are held in the park throughout the year and are often accompanied by LIVE HAWAIIAN MUSIC. During the holidays, the tree is lit with thousands of Christmas lights.
6. LAZE BY A MOUNTAIN POOL
Hawaiian legend has it that giant mo‘o (lizards) live in MOUNTAIN POOLS. Before going for a swim, MAKE AN OFFERING to the resident mo‘o by dropping a flower or small tree branch into the water. Ask his permission to enter, and see if the flower disappears. If it does, skip the swim— the mo‘o is warning you to stay away.
Heed the legend when swimming at the pools of ‘OHE‘O GULCH, located off Route 31 about 10 miles past HANA. But more importantly, heed any signs that may be posted around the pools.
WARNING: There are no lifeguards on duty, and the waters can be dangerous. When in doubt, skip a dip in the pools and admire from dry land.
Though regularly referred to as the SEVEN SACRED POOLS, there are actually more than 20 pools carved
from volcanic rock and fed by ‘OHE‘O STREAM. The chain of pools is connected by PICTURESQUE WATERFALLS and SHORT CASCADES.
7. FEEL THE MANA AT ‘IAO VALLEY
Hawaiians use the word MANA to describe all manner of divine power, and there are places on Maui where a sense of mana is almost tangible.
‘IAO VALLEY is one of them. This 10-acre park, 4 miles west of WAILUKU, is crowned by an ancient 2,250-FOOT ROCK PINNACLE and defined by the events of its storied history. Known as an important political center in ancient Hawai‘i, it was the site of many battles, and the bones of hundreds of warriors were scattered here. For hundreds of years, Hawaiian chiefs were laid to rest in SECRET BURIAL SITES along the walls of the valley as well.
One of the most important battles of Maui’s history was fought here. In 1790, King Kamehameha I conquered Maui’s warriors in a fierce battle that resulted in the eventual unification of the Hawaiian Islands. It is said that when this battle was over, the ‘Iao streambed was littered with the bodies of fallen warriors.
Ancient Hawaiians named this valley ‘Iao (“SUPREME LIGHT”) in honor of the god ‘Io, and people came to the site to pay tribute to this important deity. Once used as a NATURAL ALTAR, the strange rock pillar that rises out of ‘Iao Stream is today known as ‘IAO NEEDLE. Swathed in green, it stands in the shadow of PU‘U KUKUI MOUNTAIN, the highest peak of West Maui.
‘Iao Needle has survived millions of years of erosion and remains the focal point of this lush, green valley. A popular tourist destination, ‘Iao Valley is just a short drive from KAHULUI and Wailuku in central Maui. It’s a great place to take a leisurely HIKE, and the RIDGE-TOP LOOKOUT offers a fantastic view of the valley and Kahului Harbor. To get a good look at the pinnacle, follow the paved pathway along the stream leading from the parking lot. The park also features KEPANIWAI HERITAGE GARDENS, which honors the diverse cultures that have immigrated to Maui, as well as the HAWAI‘I NATURE CENTER, an interactive educational center located just above the heritage gardens.
To reach ‘Iao Valley, take Highway 32 (Ka‘ahumanu Road) 4 miles west of Wailuku to the end of ‘Iao Valley Road (Highway 320). Or, book a ride with a TOUR BUS company and save gas.
8. DRIVE TO HANA
Life is a journey, not a destination, and the same could be said of the ROAD TO HANA. With zigs and zags that travel over 56 ONE-LANE BRIDGES and snake around more than 617 HAIRPIN CURVES, this SCENIC DRIVE truly is a heart-pumping adventure that’ll leave you breathless with anticipation for what lays around the next turn. But in order to appreciate the natural beauty of all you’ll encounter along the way, it’s best to take things nice and slow.
AMONG THE UNWRITTEN RULES FOR
• Don’t be in a hurry, or you’ll miss the panoramic beauty that distracts and delights from both sides of the road.
• Switch drivers halfway through the route so each person can appreciate the stunning vistas.
• Don’t expect a big payoff once arriving in sleepy Hana (unless you’re treating yourself to a luxury stay at the new TRAVAASA HANA)— it’s a tiny cattle town with general store, gas station and post office.
• Although the Hana Airport is only 53 miles from the Kahului Airport, the drive and its distractions can be an all-day event. • Get an early start. PA‘IA is a good place to fill your gas tank and stock up on soft drinks and snacks.
• The road to Hana is certainly a photo opportunity: waterfalls, tropical jungle, checker-board fields of green taro patches, black lava rocks rimmed with white foam lodged against towering cliffs in an ocean of the bluest blue. Even at a vexing 15 mph, this is a drive that overwhelms the senses, tempting one to just pull off the highway and stare.
• Enhance the drive with the HANACD GUIDE. It provides narration coordinated with maps, a tropical flower guide, plus a photo beach guide and a Hawai‘i DVD. Available at the SHELL SERVICE STATION on Route 380, this guide is a great tool for your drive to Hana and makes a wonderful souvenir as well.
HANA CD GUIDE WWW.HANACDGUIDE.COM
9. GEAR UP FOR UNDERSEA EXPLORATION
SNORKELING is an inexpensive pastime that is easier to learn than surfing or scuba diving and can be done either by booking a cruise or finding a good spot on a beach. If you go with the pros, like MAUI SNORKEL CHARTERS or SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS, expect gear, lunch and other amenities to be provided. For the more independent type, snorkel gear can be rented or purchased. In either case, all you’ll need is a mask, a snorkel and fins.
Gear comes in many sizes and shapes, but a good fit is key to making the underwater experience an enjoyable one.
For help buying or renting gear, try experts like BOSS FROG’S or SNORKEL BOB’S. Snorkel Bob’s designs and manufactures snorkel gear, including a special kids’ line. Packages are available by the day, the week or for keeps. All
packages include mask, fins, Bubba dry snorkel, no-fog goop, fish ID, maps and tips. If you’re traveling interisland, Snorkel Bob’s offers 24hour interisland gear return.
HERE ARE SOME SNORKELING TIPS:
1. Never snorkel alone. Go with a buddy.
2. Never turn your back to the ocean.
3. Whenever possible, snorkel in the morning. Afternoon winds reduce water clarity.
4. Marine life tends to congregate
around structures, so stick to reefs.
5. Don’t feed the fish. 6. Even on the cloudiest of days, use waterproof sunscreen.
7. Take a small cooler with bottled water, snacks and food. Most beaches don’t have concession stands.
8. Be respectful of the ocean. Avoid standing on coral, which is the foundation of Hawai‘i’s reef environment. All sea creatures rely on the reef for homes, protection and food. Broken coral takes many years to grow back. Plus, it’s sharp!
9. Don’t combine snorkeling with alcohol or drugs.
MAUI SNORKEL CHARTERS (808) 270-8776 BOSS FROG’S (808) 661-3333 EXT. 8 OR (888) 700-3764 EXT. 3 SNORKEL BOB’S (808) 661-4421 LAHAINA; (808) 874-0011 WAILEA; (808) 875-6188 NORTH KIHEI; (808) 667-9999 HONOKOWAI; (808) 669-9603 NAPILI; OR TOLL FREE (800) 262-7725 SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS (808) 875-4848 OR (800) 776-2326
10. EXPLORE MOLOKINI’S WATERS
Set your gaze to the ocean horizon on Maui’s south shore and there, about 3 miles off in the distance, you’ll spot the half-sunken cinder cone MOLOKINI, a world-class snorkel and dive location that can be reached only by boat.
TOURS depart daily from LAHAINA, KIHEI and MA‘ALAEA harbors for the short trip to this resource-laden wonderland. Molokini’s crescent shape acts as a fortress that provides protection from waves and powerful currents. And its status as a MARINE LIFE AND BIRD CONSERVATION DISTRICT gives shelter to 250 species of fish, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth.
Most days the water is crystal clear, with more than 100 feet of visibility. Expect to see HUMPBACK WHALES in the winter months, as well as GREEN SEA TURTLES, MONK SEALS, EAGLE RAYS, SHARKS, RAINBOW-COLORED FISH and fascinating LAVA FORMATIONS any other day of the year.
The island itself is off limits to humans, and no fishing is allowed in the immediate area. Guides will insist that you do not feed the marine life or approach endangered sea turtles or seals.
HOT TIP: The backside of the crater, where the crowds tend to thin out and the back wall drops sharply to depths of 300 feet, is a great spot to bond with nature. At the center is a lush reef with excellent viewing. Another favorite destination is TURTLE TOWN, which is (you guessed it) home to a large colony of green sea turtles.
Most boat companies make a party out of a trip to Molokini. They carry snorkeling and diving gear, provide instruction and offer breakfast or lunch, and sometimes a bar. You can cruise aboard a catamaran, a powered raft or a sailboat.
ALI‘I NUI SAILING CHARTERS (808) 875-0333 OR (800) 542-3483 EXT. 1 BLUE WATER RAFTING (808) 879-7238 BOSS FROG’S (808) 661-3333 EXT. 8 OR (888) 700-3764 EXT. 3 FRIENDLY CHARTERS (808) 244-1979 OR (888) 983-8080 MAUI ADVENTURE CRUISES (808) 661-5550 MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763 MAUI CLASSIC CHARTERS (808) 879-8188 MAUI SNORKEL CHARTERS (808) 270-8776 PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION (808) 856-8375 PRIDE OF MAUI (808) 242-0955 OR (877) 867-7433 SNORKEL BOB’S (808) 661-4421 LAHAINA; (808) 874-0011 WAILEA; (808) 875-6188 NORTH KIHEI; (808) 667-9999 HONOKOWAI; (808) 669-9603 NAPILI; OR TOLL FREE (800) 262-7725 TRILOGY EXCURSIONS (808) 874-5649 OR (888) 225-6284
11. CATCH A WAVE
Legends about SURFING are found in the earliest stories of ancient Hawai‘i. In about A.D. 400, a form of belly boarding on small wooden planks was introduced to the islands. Later, Tahitian explorers brought their tradition of riding waves with canoes. The ingenious Hawaiians merged the two techniques to create the sport of surfing. Today, the fascination with this
“SPORT OF KINGS” is as alive as ever, and Maui, with its array of beaches, clear waters and year-round surf, attracts an endless stream of surfers.
HO‘OKIPA BEACH PARK (known as a choice windsurfing spot), PA‘IA BAY and HAMOA BEACH in Hana all offer world-class surfing, while HONOLUA
BAY offers spectators a spectacular vantage point of the breaks from the cliff above the water.
Maui also plays host to JAWS, home to some of the biggest rideable waves mother ocean has to offer. Local surfers also call Jaws by the native name of the bay where it is located— PE‘AHI. Big waves at Jaws are hard to predict and should be attempted only by world-class surfers.
Learning how to surf is a rewarding adventure. There are
LESSONS, CAMPS AND CLINICS for those who want to give it a try. Students generally begin their training riding soft long boards and are introduced to the necessary surfing fundamentals, safety and ocean awareness in a land lesson before entering the small surf. Lessons are fully supervised, and most schools offer beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons. MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763
MAUI WAVERIDERS (808) 875-4761 SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS (808) 875-4848
OR (800) 776-2326
12. GO TO A LU‘AU
With food in abundance and festivities in full swing, a LU‘AU is a fun way to experience Maui’s culture of camaraderie.
Loosely translated, a lu‘au is a big HAWAIIAN FEAST. At the heart of this gathering is the ceremonial
kalua (roast) pig. In an age-old island technique, a whole pig is buried in an imu (underground oven) then unearthed after a day, which leaves the meat cooked to incomparable tenderness. In addition to this delicious main dish, lu‘au-goers also get the chance to sample an array of favorite local side dishes, including sweet potatoes, poi, lomilomi salmon, fresh fish, macaroni salad and a selection of desserts. A lu‘au also features TRADITIONAL
HAWAIIAN ENTERTAINMENT, including Hawaiian music, hula, fire dances and more—what your specific treat is depends on your venue of choice.
MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763
13. WALK THROUGH A LAVA TUBE
Wannabe spelunkers, take note: Hawai‘i is one of the world’s best places for LAVA TUBES, and Hana boasts the largest one on Maui. Even better, you don’t even have to break any laws to get there— instead, HANA LAVA TUBE offers an affordable SELF-GUIDED TOUR complete with a flashlight, hardhat and pitch-black cave.
Walking the winding trails of this ancient subterranean river of lava is fun, safe and easy. Liquid rock oozing under cooled surface flows created the passages 1,000 years ago, which in turn cooled into myriads of beautiful STALACTITES, STALAGMITES AND FLOWSTONE. The temperature in the cave averages 60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, and bats and mosquitoes are nowhere to be seen. A smooth cinder pathway through the cave makes it easy to navigate.
While there, visitors who have a
little spare time or are afraid of the dark also can check out the RED TI BOTANICAL GARDEN MAZE, which also is on the property.
Hana Lava Tube, located at 205 Ula‘ino Road in Hana, offers selfguided tours Monday through Sunday.
HANA LAVA TUBE (808) 248-7308
14. DISCOVER YOUR FAVORITE BEACH
Maui has a myriad of prized beaches. Picking your favorite isn’t just about beauty and utility—it’s also about safety. Lifeguards protect just nine of Maui’s 81 BEACHES.
D.T. FLEMMING BEACH PARK is situated on sand dunes at mile marker 31 on Highway 3, east of Kapalua. The park actually begins on the 16th hole of Kapalua’s golf course.
H.A. BALDWIN PARK is located on the Hana Highway between Spreckelsville and Lower Pa‘ia, where bodyboarders and bodysurfers are drawn to the consistent wave action.
HANA BEACH PARK is a favorite with local families.
HANAKAO‘O BEACH PARK (or CANOE BEACH), located at the south end of Ka‘anapali Beach, is a launching site for many of the island’s outrigger canoe teams, and swimmers, snorkelers and picnickers make heavy use of this beach.
HO‘OKIPA BEACH PARK on Hana Highway, 2 miles past Pa‘ia, is known as a world-class windsurfing destination, though its rocky beach and strong ocean currents make it better for board sailing and sunbathing than swimming.
KAMA‘ OLE BEACH PARKS ( I, II, III) in Kihei are good for swimming, snorkeling, bodyboarding and sunbathing.
KANAHA BEACH PARK in Kahului stretches about a mile along the shoreline and provides good swimming for children, windsurfers, kiteboarders and outrigger paddlers.
15. SEE ‘ULALENA— AGAIN & AGAIN
‘ULALENA is one of those rare theatrical productions that gets under your skin, calling you back— and back again.
The LAHAINA SHOW, which opened in 1999 at MAUI THEATER, is an ENCHANTING MUSICAL staged in a multi-million-dollar, state-ofthe-art theater built specifically to house the production. It is one of those few-and-far-between shows that pulls off the unimaginable— entertainment that appeals to audiences of all ages without losing its artistic integrity. ‘Ulalena draws its authenticity
and BEWITCHING SPIRIT from the chants and hula that recount the tales of Hawai‘i’s mythical gods and goddesses, yet it reaches well beyond folklore for its compelling choreography, music and storyline.
What sets ‘Ulalena apart from other big-stage productions is its superb soundtrack. Canadians Michel Cusson and Luc Boivin composed the music with help from Hawaiian master slack-key guitarist Keola Beamer and his mother, historian/singer/composer Nona Beamer. ‘Ulalena’s brilliant drummers and musicians are as much a part of this show as the equally brilliant dancers and singers.
The performance and theater design promote a sense of intimacy and interaction with the audience. Hula is blended with Cirque du
Soleil- tinged ACROBATIC FEATS and MODERN DANCE. Rich costumes, lighting and stage design are woven together into a filigree of images drawn from Hawaiian legend and history.
The $9.5 million theater, located at 878 Front St. in Lahaina, seats 680 people and features a ROTATING
STAGE and MULTI-MEDIA PRESENTATION CAPABILITIES. Performances are staged at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (808) 8567900 for reservations.
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