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Maui: Hawaii's Valley Isle   by Kelly Stoneman

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At 728 square miles, Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain, and is actually formed from two separate volcanic eruptions. The first volcano became the West Maui Mountains and has been extinct for over a million years. The other, Haleakala, is considered by experts to be dormant. Lava flows and natural erosion on the land eventually formed an isthmus, or bridge, connecting the two land masses that is now Central Maui, hence the nickname "Valley Isle". Maui was originally settled by Polynesian voyagers traveling from Tahiti and the Marquesas, who braved the seas in outrigger canoes with only the stars and the birds for navigation. These new settlers became farmers and fishermen and built new lives, including places of worship (Heiau), fishponds and even used aqueduct irrigation systems to water their taro farms (Lo'i). While we are uncertain exactly when these first brave souls touched ground, archeological evidence has been dated at A.D. 700 and earlier. In 1778, Captain James Cook set sail from the waters of Tahiti on a fateful journey that led to the "discovery" of the small group of islands Cook would later name the Sandwich Islands. Almost overnight, the lives of the natives were transformed as subsequent explorers brought with them diseases the islanders had never been exposed to, wreaking havoc on the local population. These new arrivals also brought something else the islanders had not yet been exposed to, cannons and guns. While there had previously been battle between the islands, this created a very new way to fight, indeed. In 1790, King Kamehameha began using these new weapons and would eventually become the first leader to unite all of the islands under one rule. Lahaina, Whalers & Missionaries.
Kamehameha's one-time Capitol of Hawaii, the historic port of Lahaina has quite a colorful past! In the early 1800's, as the first whaling ships found their way to Maui's shores, sailors found an idyllic paradise, exotic women, intoxicating spirits and tropical breezes. Lahaina would eventually replace Honolulu Harbor as the favorite resting place for the whalers, playing host to more than 500 visiting whaling ships annually.

The sailor's free-spirited life-style was soon to be challenged with the arrival of the first Missionaries in 1823. These new visitors to the island brought about great change in social morays and were able to effect missionary taboos on "womanising" and public drunkenness, keeping them at constant odds with the sailors.

Today, Lahaiana Harbor plays host to a number of cruise ships, yachts, sailboats and even a passenger submarine. 

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The old buildings are occupied by oceanfront shops and restaurants and the rich history is kept alive with guided and self-guided walking tours, photographs and a surprising number of historic homes, churches, museums, original courthouse and prison. Lahaina is also the home of the Maui Myth & Magic theatre and their original production "Ulalena".

Nature & Eco-Tourism

The natural beauty of Maui's rainforest areas, volcanic craters and waterfalls have more recently made the island a popular destination for the eco-tourist. The Eastern shores of Hana and the slopes of Haleakala offer challenging hiking, cascading waterfalls & pools and a host of native and non-native flora and fauna while the lava flows of South and West shores offer stark landscapes and panoramic views that are stunning settings for hiking, kayaking and horseback riding.

A number of ranches, hiking companies and local guide services make the dream of really exploring the island an easy reality for almost every skill level. There are also a number of well-written guidebooks that can assist the budget traveler or those who prefer to "go it alone".

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Second only to Oahu as a visitor destination, Maui has had the distinction of being voted "Best Island in the World" the readers of both Condé Nast Traveller and Travel and Leisure magazines for 10 years in a row. Surrounded by over 120 miles of coastline, warm Pacific waters and some of the most sought after beaches in the world, this is a water enthusiasts' dream come true.

Visitors to the island are able to enjoy a wide array of leisure activities, including snorkeling from the beach, boating tours from Lahaina, Maalaea and Kihei harbors, jet skiing, parasailing and seasonal Humpback Whale watching. The monster waves of Jaws and perfect conditions at Hookipa Beach have made Maui's North Shore a Mecca for surfers and windsurfers the world over, creating an awesome spectacle for those who prefer to stay on the beach and watch.

Maui's Top Visitor Attractions:

Molokini Crater & Marine Preserve, Heavenly Hana Town, Haleakala Crater & National Park.

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About the Author  - While always writing poetry and short stories in high school, my interest in writing piqued upon entering the University of South Carolina. There I joined a creative writing club and began to have short "essays" published. Continuing to write for pleasure after school, I began writing professionally for a Maritime and Hawaiian Art dealer. My interest in copy work and web design led me to work for a variety of web sites.


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Aston At The Maui Banyan Kihei
This South Kihei resort sits on 11 acres across the street from Kamaole Beach Park II. Kihei Town  is a quarter-mile away, while the Shops at Wailea are 3 miles away. Recreational amenities include a tennis court, horseshoe pit, swimming pools, and spa tubs. Guests can barbecue meals at picnic pavilions adjacent to the pools. Amenities include complimentary parking and tour assistance. Guestrooms and condos at Aston at the Maui Banyan feature private, furnish lanais and include refrigerators and coffeemakers. All units include complimentary wireless Internet access, in-room safes, and daily housekeeping. Some units feature washers, dryers, and kitchens. 
Aston Maui Hill Kihei
Located in Kihei near Kamaole Beach Park III, the Resortquest Maui Hill is just a short distance to the town of Wailea. Fabulous surf, fine dining and unique shopping experiences are all within close proximity to this ideal vacation accommodation.  Beautifully manicured grounds with meandering pathways and indigenous tropical flora grace the property and set the mood for a fantastic Hawaiian getaway. Each apartment-style unit is air conditioned and features a private lanai (balcony), daily maid service and a kitchenette. Cable television is standard and the use of in-room safes and telephones is available for a fee.  Extremely comfortable units, well-maintained grounds and a prime location for both couples and families.
Castle Kamaole Sands, A Condominium Resort, Kihei
Castle Kamaole Sands, located on the southwest coast of Maui, Hawaii, lies across the street from Kamaole Beach Park III. This Kihei resort features views of Mount Haleakala, a dormant volcano. Shopping, dining, golf and water sports are all available nearby. The tiny island of Molokini, renowned for the clarity of its surrounding water, is not far offshore, and offers snorkeling and scuba-diving opportunities. Castle Kamaole Sands offers accommodations in 10 four-story buildings throughout the resort's 15 acres. All units include private lanais and fully equipped kitchens with refrigerators, coffeemakers, ovens, microwave ovens and dishwashers. Washers and dryers are also provided. 
Hale Alana Vacation House, Kihei
Only a minute drive from the exquisite beaches of Wailea, Hawaii, yet perched on the hillside of Maui Meadows. On this property are beautiful statues, pagodas, tables and benches, and a six foot flowing fountain on a half acre of paradise. Magnificent panoramic ocean view of neighboring islands.  We have also provided 3 outdoor dining areas with tables, chairs, and chaise lounges for total, luxurious relaxation. In addition to the tranquility and privacy you will experience, we have organic fruit trees such as papayas, bananas, oranges and tangerines. And to make your stay even more pleasurable, we have provided all the fun things for the beach, such as towels, umbrellas, chairs, snorkel gear, and boogie boards, all free of charge.
Hale Pau Hana Resort Kihei
The Hale Pau Hana Resort is located on Maui's sun coast. Directly overlooking Kamaole Beach Park II, this oceanfront property is close to many shopping and dining venues golf and ocean activities are also nearby. The small island of Molokini, renowned for the clarity of its surrounding water, is not far offshore, offering guests fabulous snorkeling and scuba-diving opportunities.  A perfect stretch of beach lays out before the Hale Pau Hana. Each condo is individually decorated in an island-style with light colors and floral fabrics. Bright and airy, the units include lanais (covered balconies) with ocean views, perfect for sunsets and whale-watching. Each unit offers features full kitchens. 
Kauhale Makai - Maui Condo & Home, Kihei
The Kauhale Makai is just steps from the ocean in the village of Kihei. Close to shopping, dining and nightlife, the resort is also near several championship golf courses. Popular with windsurfers, the beach fronting the resort is great for catching sunsets or taking long, serene walks.  This quiet, family-oriented accommodation has a large pool and sundeck set in the midst of a grassy lawn and surrounded by tropical flora. Other property amenities include a children's pool, laundry facilities, a barbeque area, a whirlpool and saunas. Unit amenities vary, but all accommodations feature kitchens and private lanais. A quiet, comforting ambience and a convenient location make the Kauhale Makai a great Maui vacation rental.
Kihei Akahi Studio, Vacation Rental Condo, Kihei
Kihei Akahi is a very popular resort. In Hawaiian, akahi translates to 'number one'. Many visitors to Maui make this resort their number one choice for comfortable, convenient accommodations. It's directly across from Kamaole Beach II, one of Maui's finest beaches.  There are two six story buildings, with elevators, and two, two story buildings offering studio, 1 and 2 bedroom condominiums. The Akahi is just steps away from shopping and restaurants.  The interiors are well-appointed and include fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, telephone, washer/dryer, and private lanais. Kamaole Beach II offers excellent swimming, snorkeling, sunset views, and whale watching (in season).  2 swimming pools, tennis court, and barbecues.
Kihei Beach - Maui Condo & Home Kihei
Located on six miles of unspoiled beach, the Kihei Beach Condos are just minutes from all the shopping, fine dining, museums and tours kihei offers. Situated on Ma'alaea bay on Maui's southwest coast, this property has direct beach access and boasts some spectacular views.  Meticulously groomed landscaping leads out to golden sands and tranquil blue waters.  The resort has an outdoor pool, free parking and laundry facilities. Guests can take advantage of barbeque grills, concierge and business services.  During the winter months, guests can watch the humpback whales cavorting in the blue waters of the pacific. The condos all have rattan furnishings and kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwave ovens, stoves and dishwashers.
Kihei Surfside 1 & 2 bedroom beach condos, Kihei
Kihei Surfside resort is an ocean front property, just steps from Wailea's first beach, Keawekapu. This beach is one of the most beautiful, sandy beaches on Maui. Kihei Surfside resort is a small, quiet complex, ideal for a honeymoon couple or for those that want privacy. When you choose to leave the privacy of your condo, a world of wonder awaits. With the surf crashing on the shoreline, the tropical flowers filling the air with their sweet fragrance, and the warm Hawaiian sun shining down on your shoulders, you will agree that Maui is no ka oi. Inside, you will find fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, telephone, laundry facilities on site, and a private lanai. You are sure to enjoy the heated oceanfront pool. Barbecues are also a favorite gathering place at Kihei Surfside. 
Kihei Surfside - Maui Condo & Home Kihei
Kihei Surfside is an oceanfront property overlooking Keawakapu beach, one of Maui's longest and finest golden sandy beaches. Close to the shops, restaurants, and championship golf courses of Kihei and Wailea, the Kihei Surfside is a choice accommodation for the honeymooning couples and families looking for both solitude and convenience.  Guests of the Kihei Surfside wake each morning to the soft sounds of the blue surf lapping at the sugary sands of the beach.  All accommodations are fitted with island-style décor, rattan furnishings and separate living, dining and sleeping areas. Full kitchens are standard and include refrigerators, stoves, coffeemakers, dishwashers, dishes and cookware.
Leinaala - Maui Condo & Home Kihei
Separated from the Pacific by Waipuilani Park, the Leinaala is a short drive from shopping, restaurants and championship-caliber golf. Situated on Kihei's sunny shoreline, the resort is tucked away from the road, eliminating traffic noise and allowing guests to fully experience the tranquility of the area. Guests of the Leinaala can use the outdoor pool, barbeque grills and laundry facilities. Directly adjacent to the hotel is Waipuilani park, a rarely occupied county park consisting of beautiful lawns, widely-spaced palms, flowering gardens and courts for playing tennis and volleyball.  Each of the colorful, island-style units features a sunset-friendly lanai (balcony), cable television, a vcr and a kitchenette with a refrigerator.
Maui Kamaole - Maui Condo & Home Kihei
Located on the southern end of Maui in Kihei, the Maui Kamaole is directly across from the Kamaole III beach park. The property enjoys easy access to Kihei shopping and dining, as well as other major Maui attractions. A short drive to Lahaina or Wailea brings more unique shops and galleries, along with some exciting nightlife. Each of the condos is individually owned and decorated, and many provide special recreational amenities such as boogie boards and tennis racquets. One-bedroom units have a lanai (balcony/patio) and a separate courtyard, while the two-bedroom units have a mezzanine and two lanais. Other amenities include air conditioning, cable television, vcr, kitchen and internet access for a fee.
Maui Vista - Garden and Tennis Court Maui Vista Condominium, South Kihei
Maui Vista is one of the most sought after resorts in South Kihei.  With only an average of 13 inches of rain per year,  Kihei is referred to as the "Gold Coast"  with some of the finest beaches in the world and all of Hawaii experience.   Located directly across the street from one of Kihei's most beautiful white sandy beaches,  Kamaole 1 Beach.  Both of our 1 bedroom/1 full bathrooms are NON SMOKING, NO PET ground floor units fully furnished with "Everything but The Suntan!".  Beautiful landscaped grounds surround each of these unit's large ground floor lanais.  A private key-secured pool is located just a few feet from your lanai. Complex has 6 tennis courts, 3  swimming pools, outdoor gas BBQs,  and guest activities desk.
Beach Twin Dolphins Villa, Kihei
Imagine ..... a 4 bedroom, 2 and a half bath luxury home across a quiet street from the beach with peek-a-boo views of the ocean and just steps away from the luxurious white sand beaches on Maui's South Shore.  Nestled in a tropical garden, with bamboo, banana and avocado trees, it is fully fenced and gated for privacy yet close to restaurants and parks and all the other amenities Kihei has to offer.  The house has a wrap around porch which can be accessed from almost every bedroom and the interior features cathedral ceilings with dramatic beams and a sky light.  All the rooms are beautifully furnished with a mix of Balinese and Island Style furniture and tastefully selected art.
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