Known for its world-famous beaches, Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Visitors are charmed year-round with its farm-to-table cuisine, winding cliffside roads, fantastic resorts and magnificent sunrise and sunsets. Known as the "house of the sun" Haleakala is Maui’s highest peak rising over 10,000 feet above sea level, offering a breathtaking view of the sunset and sunrise. Back at sea level, visitors can enjoy views of migrating humpback whales during the winter months.
Take the drive from Kahului to Hana, a small island town. While the drive is a mere 52 miles, it takes several hours to complete. It is perhaps one of the most famous Hawaiian drives for its narrow one-lane bridges, hairpin turns, and unmatched island views. Pass through rainforests, alongside flowing waterfalls, and past striking seascapes as you navigate the 620 curves and 59 bridges.
Heading inward to central Maui, Iao Valley State Park provides both history and beauty. Guarded by towering emerald peaks, the park encompasses 4,000-acres and is home to the iconic Iao Needle, a green-mantled rock outcropping overlooking Iao stream.
Make sure not to miss the historic whaling town of Lahaina. It is estimated that nearly 400 ships left from here during the mid-1800’s and early 1,500 sailors too leave in the town including Herman Melville of Moby Dick fame. Today, this town is a Maui hotspot with an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Proudly on the National Register of Historic Places, Lahaina still has many historic spots to visit including the U.S. Seaman’s Hospital, and a prison.
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