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The Mauian

The Mauian strives to provide guests with a peaceful Maui Hawaii hotel beach "hideaway," offering a relaxed island-style retreat with no unwanted disturbances; thus, the individual units do not have televisions, stereos, or phones.

5441 Lower Honoapiilani Rd Lahaina , 800-367-5034

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Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach

Seven air conditioned villas with fourmet kitchens located on a half acre of lush tropical landscaping a short walk to white sandy Poipu Beach Studio, one, two, three and five bedroom villas with pillow top mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets. Garden and ocean views.

, 866-849-2426 Toll Free

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Ka'Anapali Beach Hotel

aanapali Beach Hotel is more than just another hotel set amongst tropical gardens. Here, you’ll experience the little touches that you’d only find in any Hawaiian home, like bedspreads of Hawaiian quilt design and tropical furnishings. And always, the warmth of a smile. Because once you’re here, you’re family.

2525 Kaanapali Parkway Lahaina , 800-262-8450

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Hotel Wailea

Perched on the headlands 300 feet above the sea, our luxury Wailea hotel offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Maui’s natural landscape of alluring white beaches and the West Maui Mountains. Intimate and peaceful, Hotel Wailea is your sublime island utopia.

555 Kaukahi Street Wailea , 866-532-6401

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The Ritz Carlton Hotel

Explore beautiful white-sand beaches, premier golf courses and captivating surroundings that distinguish The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui. This legendary hotel is located on the western edge of Maui, a paradise Hawaiians call the "Island of the Sun." Kapalua can be loosely translated as "arms embracing the sea," which refers to the resort's dramatic lava peninsulas. Whether your idea of vacation is learning about natural history or lounging by the shore, this world-renowned The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui is sure to delight. Combine natural history, two legendary golf courses, and a wealth of recreational activities, you'll soon discover that there's no shortage of things to do in Kapalua.

One Ritz-Carlton Drive Kapalua , (808) 669-6200

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Paia Inn Hotel

Located in the heart of charming Paia Town and just steps away from a 3 mile stretch of beautiful white sand beach, Paia Inn is a hip boutique hotel on the gorgeous Northshore of Maui.

93 Hana Highway Paia , 808-579-6000

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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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