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Lanai Magazine
Aloha Maui Magazine - Maui, Hawaii
       
       
   
   
   

Maui, also called the Valley Isle, it is a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it offer visitors an unforgettable vacation experience. Whale watching in the winter months is an unforgetable experience, standing on top of Haleakula Crator at 10,000-feet watching the sunrise and color the sky. snorkeling at Honolua Bay is like swimming in your own aquarium. Walk along front street in Lahaina at night and enjoy the small unique shops and their specialty items, from ice cream to handy craft.

It can be challenging to plan your vacation with so many adventures to choose from.

When you experience Maui , you will be experiencing perfect beaches, dramatic cliffs, greener-than-green rain forests, and the fragrance of flowers everywhere. The amazing marine life, tropical fish, humpback whales and green sea turtles to name a few. The culture and history of the Hawaiian people exists in the spirit of aloha, It's easy to see why Maui is a popular vacation destination. Today many visitors have decided to make this their primary home or secondary home. The island has very different areas, from the resorts of Lahaina, Kihei, Wailea, and Kanapali. The ranches and farms of Upcountry, and the remote village of Hana in unspoiled East Maui provide a unique flavor of Maui. Enjoy a feshly opened coconut or other tropical fruit found on your way to Hana. Small farm stands are setup on the side of the road to serve you.

Established in 1916, Haleakala National Park is 27 thousand acres, with the Haleakala "Crater" as the main attraction of the national park. The mountain has crator hiking, that take hikers through the Waikamoi Cloud Forest and the crater itself. Bring confortable hiking boots and water.

Before you head up Haleakala, call for the latest park weather conditions (808/877-5111). Extreme gusty winds, heavy rain, and even snow in winter .

At about an 8,800-foot elevation you will come to Leleiwi lookout, which offers your first inspiring view of the crater. The small hills in the basin are volcanic cinder cones (called pu'u in Hawaiian), each with a small crater at its top, and each the site of a former eruption. If you're here in the late afternoon, it's possible you'll see yourself reflected on the clouds and encircled by a rainbow—a phenomenon called the Brocken Specter. Don't wait all day for this, because it's not a daily occurrence.

The famous silversword plant grows amid the desert like surroundings at Kalahaku Overlook, at the 9,000-foot level on Haleakala. This endangered beauty grows only here and at the same elevation on the Big Island's two peaks. When the silversword reaches maturity it sends forth a 3- to 8-foot-tall stalk with several hundred tiny sunflowers. It blooms once.

The Haleakala Visitor Center, at an elevation of 9,740 feet, has exhibits inside.

       
       
       
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