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Maui Travel Guide

Maui Top Experiences

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Scuba Diving in Maui

If you've always wanted gills, Hawaii is a good place to get them. Although the bulky, heavy equipment seems freakish on shore, underwater it...

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Tips on Safe Snorkeling in Maui

Snorkel with a buddy and stay together. Choose a location where lifeguards are present. Ask the lifeguard about conditions before getting...

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Catching a Wave in Maui

The technique for catching waves is the same with or without a board. Swim out to where the swell is just beginning to break, and position yourself...

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Sun Safety on Maui

Hawaii's weather—seemingly never-ending warm, sunny days with gentle trade winds—can be enjoyed year-round with good sun sense. Because of Hawaii...

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Maui and Hawaii Today

When you experience Maui firsthand, it's hard not to gush about the long, perfect beaches, dramatic cliffs, greener-than-green rain forests...

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Beach Safety on Maui

Hawaii's beautiful beaches can be dangerous at times due to large waves and strong currents. The state rates wave hazards using three signs...

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Humpback Whales in Maui

The humpback whales' attraction to Maui is legendary, and seeing them between December and May is a highlight for many visitors. More than half...

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Where to Eat in Maui Post-Golf

Among golf's great traditions is the so-called 19th hole. No matter how the first 18 go, the 19th is sure to offer comfort and cheer, not to...

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Take-Out and Supermarkets in Maui

Condo renters in search of food and take-out meals should try these great places around Maui. ...

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Top Reasons to Go to Maui

Beaches: From black-sand beauties to palm-lined strands, each beach is unique. Resorts: Opulent spas, pools, gardens, and golf courses deliver...

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Hawaii's Shave Ice and Ice Cream

The two most critical components in the making of the Islands' favorite frosty treat—shave ice—are the fineness of the "shave" and the quality...

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Maui's Food Trucks: Movable Feasts

As in so many other places, the food-truck culture is taking hold on Maui, but don't expect to find well-equipped, customized trucks like the...

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Slack-Key Guitars and Ukuleles

You may not think about Hawaii's music until you step off a plane on the Islands, and then there's no escaping it. It's a unique blend of the...

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Wailuku First Friday

Wailuku sheds its reputation as a quiet, sleepy town for First Friday, a lively block party that shuts down all of Market Street between 5:30...

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Legends and Myths

The Valley Isle's namesake, the demigod Maui, is a well-known Polynesian trickster. When his mother, Hina, complained of too few hours in the...

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On Maui Today

In the mid-1970s savvy marketers saw a way to improve Maui's economy by promoting the Valley Isle to golfers and luxury travelers. The ploy...

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Hawaiian People and Their Culture

By 2012, Hawaii's population was more than 1.3 million with the majority of residents living on Oahu. Ten percent are Hawaiian or other Pacific...

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Top 10 Hawaiian Foods to Try

Food in Hawaii is a reflection of the state's diverse cultural makeup and tropical location. Fresh seafood, organic fruits and vegetables, free...

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The Hawaiian Islands

Oahu. The state's capital, Honolulu, is on Oahu; this is the center of Hawaii's economy and by far the most populated island in the chain—976...

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Hawaiian History

Hawaiian history is long and complex; a brief survey can put into context the ongoing renaissance of native arts and culture. ...

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Hike Haleakala

Take time to trek down one of the trails into Haleakala National Park's massive bowl and see proof, at this dormant volcano, of how powerful...

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Maui's Top Beaches

Ah, Maui's beaches: it's hard to single out just a few because the island's strands are so varied. The leeward shores of West and South Maui...

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History

Maui's history is full of firsts—Lahaina was the first capital of Hawaii and the first destination of the whaling industry (early 1800s), which...

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Only in Hawaii

Traveling to Hawaii is as close as an American can get to visiting another country while staying within the United States. There's much to learn...

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Cruising the Hawaiian Islands

Cruising has become popular in Hawaii. Cruises are a comparatively inexpensive way to see all of Hawaii, and you’ll save travel time by not...

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Geology

Maui is made up of two volcanoes, one now extinct and the other dormant but which erupted long ago, joined into one island. The resulting depression...

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Flora and Fauna

Haleakala is one of few homes to the rare ahinahina (silversword plant). The plant's brilliant silver leaves are stunning against the red...

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Weddings and Honeymoons

There's no question that Hawaii is one of the country's foremost honeymoon destinations. Romance is in the air here, and the white-sand beaches...

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For Kids and Families

With dozens of adventures to take, discoveries to make, and loads of kid-friendly beaches, Maui is a blast for families with children. The entire...

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Hawaii and the Environment

Sustainability —it's a word rolling off everyone's tongues these days. In a place known as the most remote island chain in the world (check...

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The Plate Lunch Tradition in Hawaii

To experience island history firsthand, take a seat at one of Hawaii's ubiquitous "plate lunch" eateries, where you’ll be served a segmented...

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Day Hikes in Maui

Hiking is a perfect way to see Maui. Just wear sturdy shoes to spare your ankles from a crash course in loose lava rock. At upper elevations...

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Tips for Golfing on Maui

Golf is golf, and Hawaii is part of the United States, but island golf nevertheless has its own quirks. Here are a few tips to make your golf...

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Cowboy Fun: Rodeos and Polo in Hawaii

Paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys) show off their skills at three major annual events: the Piiholo Cowboy Classic in September; the Oskie Rice...

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