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Hawaii's Valley Isle
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
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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
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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Beaches & Leisure
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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VACATION RENTALS & BEACH CONDOS IN KIHEI, MAUI, HAWAII
the full list of Kihei, Hawaii hotels & vacation rentals
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.
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.
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.
Alana Vacation House, Kihei
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.
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.
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.
Akahi Studio, Vacation Rental Condo, Kihei
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.
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.
Surfside 1 & 2 bedroom beach condos, Kihei
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.
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
- 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.
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.
Vista Condominium, South Kihei
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.
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