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The beautiful island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands measuring 727.2 square miles. It is a popular destination for beach and nature lovers alike. The rich and abundant bamboo forest and spectacular waterfalls in Haleakala National Park can be found at the end of the Waimoku Falls Trail. If you love to walk in warm honey colored sand and enjoy snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing, the Island of Maui is definitely for you. You can take a leisurely drive along a scenic road to Hana located along the island’s northeastern shore or stop at the tiny Hawaiian village of Keanae where time appears to be at a standstill.
Cultural & Historic Landmarks to Visit on the Island of Maui
The Island of Maui has a rich and diverse history with lots of interesting places to visit including heritage sites with an abundance of cultural and historical significance to natural wonders that have been visited by the Hawaiian natives and tourists for decades. There are two main heritage sites on Maui including Haleakala National Park which covers 46.88 square miles and is located at the tip of Maui’s highest point at 10,023 feet. The park has the largest number of endangered species including birds and plants than any other national park and is famous for its amazing sunrises atop its summit. A little ways from the Maui county seat of Wailuku, you will discover the rich and abundant Lao Valley. The Lao needle is one of Maui’s most significant and famous landmarks as this is the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai where the Maui army was conquered by King Kamehameha I and his forces in 1790. This beautiful heritage site holds both spiritual and cultural significance to people of Maui. Lao Valley is the perfect choice for a relaxing hike and you can stop and read historical markers describing the battle along the way.
Visit the Relaxing Sand & Sea of Kaanapali Beach
Kaanapali Beach is known for being a place of retreat for Maui royalty. On the northern side of the beach is the sacred spot of Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. The ancient Hawaiians believed that the jumping off the cliff was a place for the soul to enter the spirit world. These days you can watch the sunset cliff diving as a reenactment of King Kahekil, the brave King who it is whispered jumped from this sacred spot.
Take a Self-Guided Walking Tour Down the Lahaina Town Fishing Village & Historic District Trail
The quaint seaport town of Lahaina was once an international whaling center dating back to the mid 1800’s. You can visit a number of sites from this historic time period by enjoying a self-guided walk down the Lahaina Historic Trail highlighting 62 important historical landmarks.
Relaxing Sailing Adventures & More in Honolua Bay, Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach, Turtle Town in Olowalu, Molokai, Lanai, & West Maui, Hawaii
Take a relaxing Gemini Sailing Charters sailing adventure around the Island of Maui and participate in whale watching, snorkeling, or a tradewind sunset tour. Depending on the time of day, you can enjoy a continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, or Pupus (small portions of food served cold or hot) to stimulate the appetite as you relax the day away with the best ocean view of the Islands. For more information regarding beach sailing tours around the Island of Maui, contact the knowledgeable experts at Gemini Sailing Tours today.