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Maui

Known as the 'Valley Isle' Maui is the second largest island of the Hawaiian island chain. Less developed than Oahu, but more tourist friendly than the other isles, visitors can hike Haleakala National Park and explore Maui's seven sacred pools or tour the quaint town of Hana. Maui is an island that everyone should have the pleasure of experiencing.

The historic whaling village of Lahaina (pictured right) sits on Maui's west coast. Stroll along Front Street to experience Lahaina restaurants, boutique shops, and art galleries. Lahaina nightlife is usually found near Front Street as well.

On the opposite end of Maui you will find the quaint town of Hana. The journey to Hana is an experience in itself with numerous hairpin turns and one-lane stone bridges (54 by most counts). Travel slowly and switch drivers often to enjoy the spectacular views of waterfalls, dense jungle, and rugged coastline along the winding road to Hana. Often regarded as one of the most beautiful drives in the world, the road to Hana is sure to be the highpoint of your trip.

Slightly southwest of Hana and poised at nearly ten thousand feet, there is no better spot to watch the sunrise than from the top of Haleakala Crater (pictured left). It is an unforgettable experience. Since you are up early, you can also beat the midday heat and hike or bike throughout Haleakala National Park. Walk above clouds, explore lush, tropical jungle or view stark barren desert as the park spans across miles of rugged landscape and various climate zones.

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