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ALEXAN­DER & BALD­WIN SUGAR MU­SEUM—

South of Kahu­lui, across from the largest op­er­at­ing sugar plan­ta­tion in Hawai‘i, lies the Alexan­der & Bald­win Sugar Mu­seum. Housed in an his­toric build­ing dat­ing from 1902, the mu­seum fea­tures six ex­hibit rooms ex­plor­ing the in­flu­ence of this crop on the is­land.

HANA POOLS—

The ter­raced cold springs known as the Hana Pools are Hawaii’s great­est nat­u­ral day spa. Th­ese dis­crete bod­ies of wa­ter—re­call­ing a trickle-down cham­pagne fountain—are cre­ated by the stream that flows through the Ohe‘o Gulch in Haleakala Na­tional Park as it spills over sep­a­rate tiers of lava bed, cre­at­ing up to 24 sep­a­rate pools in­clud­ing Waioka, bet­ter known as Venus Pool.

HELITOURS—

Maui’s he­li­copter tours com­bine eye-pop­ping vi­su­als with amuse­ment park–style thrills. Com­pa­nies may of­fer 20-minute to hour­long tours that take you tan­ta­liz­ingly close to the lip of vol­ca­noes, through moun­tain val­leys and over the beaches. Maui has a half dozen he­li­tour com­pa­nies, as well as com­pa­nies that of­fer paraglid­ing and power hang glid­ing in small one- and twop­er­son rear-en­gine, open-air prop planes called trikes or ul­tra lights.

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