There are six main Hawaiian Islands – the most developed one being O’ahu Island where the city of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach are both located along with all the big name hotels and resorts. The other main islands are Kaua’I, Moloka’i, Lana’I, Maui and Hawai’i Island- and each island is special.
Maui Island – is 77 kilometres long and 42 kilometres with the smaller Kahoolawe Island just off-shore, so it is almost the same size island to O’ahu Island and a short flight away from Honolulu to Kahului Airport on Maui.
On Maui there are around 80 beaches – with each beach distinctive to the others, with even changing sand colors – from pure white sand to reds, golden greys and black sand. Maui certainly has great beaches and the Hana Highway leads down the east coast from Kahului crossing over more than 50 one lane bridges as it winds its way down along the coastline hugging both the mountain side and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a number of waterfalls along the way. If you can take a look at the Red Sea beach at Hana – a small isolated town of about 1000 people. The Kahanu Gardens are also worth seeing at 1926 Hana Highway.
Maui is famous for its diving, snorkelling and surfing beaches as well as whale watching between December and April, when whale watching tours depart from Lahaina on the west coast.
Places and things to see on Maui include –
A large number of the big hotels and resorts are located in Lahaina and Wailea.
Lahaina is the original capital city of Hawaii before it moved to Honolulu. In the 1840’s Laihaina developed as a whaling harbor with many ships and sailors based here. The American writer Herman Melville (1819-1891) spent time in Lahaina as a whaler, with the book “Moby Dick” published in 1851, based on his whaling adventures. Much of the old town has been kept and there are many Heritage buildings in and around Front Street that you can see. Look for the Visitor Center in the old Courthouse building, the Buddhist Hohoji Shingon Mission and Wo Hing Temple as well as many other buildings. Also on Front Street is the Maui Theater which has seating for up to 680 people and has different shows happening, including the Ulalena Hawaiian show which has been running for more than 14 years. (See www.mauitheater.com ).
Most of the big hotels, spas and resorts are close to the Kaanapali Beach, most with large swimming pools, restaurants and other attractions. Laihaina itself has a population of around 11,000 people, so has all the amenities of a large tourist town including shopping malls.
Wailea – has a population of around 6000 people and is very much a resort town with lots of big hotels and resorts here. There are a number of beaches – including Keawakapu, Maluaka, Wailea, Ulua and others up and down the coast – with the tropical palm trees, sandy beaches, and resorts all great places to stay and enjoy a beachside holiday. There is also lots of fashion and food to enjoy with the main shopping area along Wailea Alanui Drive, which is also where the big hotels are also located.
FERRIES – also head from Lahaina Harbor to the other Hawaiian Islands of Moloka’I and Lana’i .
Maui is certainly a special island to visit – and just being here to experience the sun, the weather, the scenery and all the fantastic hotels, resorts and food also will make your time spent here a memorable holiday.