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Maui Travel Guide
Maui Is Known for...
Five of Maui's most unique features and characteristics.Fruit Everywhere
Maui’s temperate climate affords it a long growing season. As a result, trees can produce fruit year-round. Evident from the many signs advertising fresh banana bread, especially around the small central town of Hana, bananas are among the best-growing fruits on Maui. Others include guavas, mangos, mountain apples, pomelos, avocados, papayas, and many more. Though you are sure to see bunches scattered across the ground, be sure to check with property owners before taking them home.Hula
Officially, Maui County encompasses the Neighbor Islands of Lanai, uninhabited Kahoʻolawe, and Molokai, the lattermost of which is considered the birthplace of the hula. Though it may seem cliché, you simply cannot experience a real Hawaiian vacation without finding a good spot to enjoy a traditional luau complete with a hula performance. Your best bets are the Feast at Lele and the Old Lahaina Luau, both held on the west coast of Maui Island.Beautiful Beaches
Anyone who has ever longed to visit the Hawaiian Islands deams of calm, sandy beaches. Lesser known is the fact that beaches on each Island display characteristics that distinguish it from those on others. Maui’s most famous beach is Kaihalulu Beach, or...
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Featured Video: Maui: Beyond the Coasts
Set amid the Hawaiian archipelago, this lush island, formed from two volcanoes, was once the home of Hawaiian royalty. Through the years, it also served as a base for Christian missionaries, a port of call for whaling vessels, and the site of Hawaii's most productive sugar cane and pineapple plantations. Today, that eclectic heritage still exists, enhancing the texture and culture that make a vacation on Maui priceless.
Stunning resorts now occupy the island's west coast, along with Lahaina, a hip seaside town and long-ago Hawaiian capital. Maui was united with the other Hawaiian islands after King Kamehameha took control in 1790 and made Lahaina the center of Hawaiian government. Soon after, the scenic town became a whaling hub, with sailors and ships crowding the harbor and populating the town. Nowadays, a vacation on Maui is incomplete without a visit to the whaling museums, shops, and massive Banyan tree in the town center. And a fruity drink on the deck of a waterfront restaurant as the sunset glows on the horizon is the perfect way to end the day.
On the eastern side of the island, mystery and quiet enfold a mountainous rainforest region. This is where you'll find Hana and Haleakala National Park, home to... Read more »