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Beaches in Maui

Napili Bay Beach

This large sandy beach is perfect for a family outing. It is located next to the Napili Kai Resort.

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Big Beach

This lovely sandy beach is almost 2/3 of a mile long and over 100 yards wide. It is often referred to as THE beach on Maui.

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Nikihu Cove

This gorgeous, remote bay is off the beaten path of the Hana Highway. The area is very secluded and private.

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Black Rock Beach

This large, black lava rock divides Ka'anapali Beach in half. Snorkeling around the rock is legendary. The rock is almost completely encrusted in coral with a large assortment of fish.

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Ka'anapali Beach

This is one of the best beaches on Maui. It fronts most of the Ka'anapali resorts.

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Jun 11, 2014
Kaanapali Beach in Maui is the most popular beach there. this is where most of the high end resorts are located and it has calm water with amazing soft white sand. only about 20 minutes from where you are dropped off downtown Lahana in Maui,

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when you visit maui make sure to rent a car and drive the road to Hana. a road trip you will never forget

Feb 04, 2013

cruising around Maui literally was an amazing experience. I rented a car and drove all over the island. went to the famous beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls, great shopping everything was amazing. The minute you step foot onto the island you know you are not in Kansas anymore.

Oct 17, 2012
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MAUI

Maui also known as the "Valley Isle" is the 2nd largest island in the Hawaiian chain, with over 700 square miles of breathtaking scenery and coastline. The island of Maui was actually formed by two separate volcanoes, one being Mt. Haleakala which is the worlds largest dormant volcano. Haleakala rises to over 10,000 feet with sloping hills and wind swept terrain. The second of Maui's volcanoes is Puu Kukui, which is located on the west side of the island and receives over 400 inches of rainfall annually.

Kahului and Wailuku are Maui’s two largest communities and flow together to form the island’s largest urban sprawl. This is where regular folks live, work and shop. Kahului is the commercial center. The main road, Kaahumanu Avenue is a collection of stores, banks and office buildings and a mile-long strip of shopping centers.

Lahaina has a long and varied history, which is now woven into the fabric of the present-day town. The earliest settlers of Maui stepped foot on its shores around 450 A.D – and some think even earlier. However, it was the prosperity of the 1800s and the foresight of King Kamehameha that put Lahaina on the map.

In 1802, King Kamehameha pronounced that the West Maui town of Lahaina would be the capital of his Hawaiian island kingdom. He even built a brick palace on the shores of Lahaina (the ruins of which are still there) along with other royal buildings and residences on a site called Moku`ula. Lahaina served as the seat of government for over 50 years, until the capital moved to Honolulu.

In the 1800s, Lahaina was also a major whaling port and fishing town, thanks to the calm harbor and it’s location on the whale migration routes. Also known as Lele, which means “Land of Relentless Sun,” the weather was a major draw for immigrants as well. However, the bawdy sailors had to share the immigration limelight with the missionaries that were also attracted to the area. This brought about a battle of virtues – the missionaries had many virtues and the sailors had none. Eventually, with the construction of missionary schools, the introduction of the missionaries of the printing press on the island and the construction of a prison for sailors in 1853, the missionaries won out and tamed the nautical culture.

In 1873, the now-famous Banyan Tree was first planted by the courthouse by the sheriff of Old Lahaina Town, William Owen Smith. Its original purpose was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lahaina’s first Christian Mission. In 1886, it served as the site for a birthday party for King Kamehameha III, and in 1898 was the site of a ceremony marking Hawaii becoming a United States territory.

Lahaina has moved with the times, and now the wooden buildings along Front Street were once outfitters for sailors and grog houses are now unique shops and art galleries. The port that was once where whalers’ ships docked is now where tourists take boat excursions. However, the past is always present in Lahaina.

 

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