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.