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If va­ca­tion time is lim­ited, make sure to put these on your pri­or­ity list.

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Essential Maui -

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 info@mauio­cean­cen­ter.com.

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

HANA ARE:

• 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.

tHE roaD to HaNa

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