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Where Maui - - THE GUIDE -

HALEAKALA One of Hawai‘i’s big­gest at­trac­tions is the stun­ning 10,000foot Haleakala, the world’s largest dor­mant vol­cano. HaleakalƒÅ’s most mag­nif­i­cent fea­ture is the crater it­self: 3,000 feet deep, 2.5 miles across and a cir­cum­fer­ence of 21 miles. nps.gov/ hale/in­dex.htm.

HANA POOLS The ter­raced cold springs known as the Hana Pools are Hawai‘i’s great­est nat­u­ral day spa. A day­break or sun­set dip in this spring-fed body of water is both sur­real and re­lax­ing, and you can of­ten­times have it all to your­self.

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. Sun­shine He­li­copters, which of­fers up to eight tour pack­ages and prices, 808.871.0722; For that true fly-like-a bird feel­ing, we rec­om­mend power hang glid­ing. In small one- and two-per­son rear-en­gine, open-air prop planes called trikes or ul­tra lights, you can fly solo or with an in­struc­tor, Hang Glid­ing Maui 808.572.6557 of­fers halfhour flights in­clud­ing a wing-mounted camera that will take your pic­ture. A final op­tion is paraglid­ing, es­sen­tially a glid­ing parachute. Proflyght 808.874.5433 of­fers de­scents from Haleakala from 3,000 feet, and a less ex­pen­sive op­tion from 1,000 feet.

SNOR­KEL­ING OFF MOLOKINI The turquoise wa­ters and ex­otic marine life around this tiny cres­cent-shaped is­land are lo­cated three miles off the south­west coast of Maui. molokin­i­crater.com.

‘IAO NEE­DLE The ‘Iao Nee­dle is a 1,200-foot cone of hard­ened lava at the heart of the ‘Iao Val­ley, a 6.2-acre state park just west of Wailuku in West Maui.

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