Tour Lahaina and Ka‘anapali’s Historic Sites
Hana Lava Tube, located at 205 Ula‘ino Road in Hana, offers selfguided tours. Visit mauicave.com. HANA LAVA TUBE (808) 248-7308
13. SEE SEVEN SACRED POOLS
Hawaiian legend has it that giant (lizards) live in MOUNTAIN mo‘o POOLS. Although swimming in the pools is OFF-LIMITS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, legend has it that, before going for a swim, swimmers are supposed to 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. The pools of ‘OHE‘O GULCH are located off Route 31 about 10 miles past HANA. But more importantly, heed any signs that may be posted around the pools or hiking trail streams of HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK. Since waters can be dangerous, be sure to just admire them from dry land. Though regularly referred to as 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. Visit nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/ kipahulu.htm for details.
14. SAIL THE OCEAN BLUE
Maui is one of the world’s premier sailing destinations. Whatever your SAILING preference, you’ll find it here. Single-hull, doublehulled and tri-hulled YACHTS AND CATAMARANS of all sizes offer great sailing adventures. SAILBOATS leave daily from MA‘ALAEA HARBOR in South Maui, LAHAINA HARBOR in West Maui and from the beach at KA‘ANAPALI, carrying anywhere from six to 100plus passengers. Although winds are usually light in the morning, by mid-afternoon the trades pick up, giving sailors a faster trip back to port. By evening, it’s gentle again—calm enough to enjoy cocktails as you watch the sunset. Some sailboats offer SNORKELING, as well as food and other refreshments. If you’re lucky, you might spot a pod of DOLPHINS, HAWAIIAN MONK SEALS or (sea turtles) honu swimming by. Whether you skim over the water at more than 15 knots, or take the helm on a vessel that competed in the 1987 World Cup, sailing on Maui is always an adventure. Listed below are providers to call. PARAGON SAILING ADVENTURES (sailmaui.com), SCOTCH MIST SAILING CHARTERS (scotchmistsailingcharters.com) and MAUI CLASSIC CHARTERS’ FOUR WINDS II (hawaii.fourwindsmaui. com) are other providers, but ask your concierge and the locals for more suggestions. ALII NUI SAILING CHARTERS (800) 542-3483 EXT. 1 FOUR WINDS II (808) 879-8188 OR (800) 736-5740
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