"Visiting Hawaii's Valley Island: Maui" Maui by Erin74
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I went to Maui for the first time in 2001. I just returned from a second trip there (Nov. 2003) and am adding additional tips.
Maui is an island paradise, my personal favorite of the Hawaiian islands I've visited. There is so much to see and do here. You'll never be bored and you'll constantly be amazed by the gorgeous surroundings.
Maui is a volcanic island, formed more than five million years ago by volcanic eruptions. You'll find a large, dormant volcano (Haleakala) on the south end of the island. The area between Haleakala and the mountains at the north of the island is a fertile valley, filled with sugar cane and pineapple fields. Thus, Maui is called the Valley Island.
Captain James Cook discovered Maui on November 26, 1778. It is now the second most popular Hawaiian island for tourism (second to Oahu) and features many attractions and comforts for visitors. Still, it retains much of that authentic Hawaiian spirit and is still quite rural in many places. This is an excellent place to go if you're visiting Hawaii for the first time.
Maui is a contrast in landscape and climate.
The southern portion of the island is dominated by Haleakala, a large volcano. The beaches on the southern shores of Maui tend to have lots of black lava on them.
The northwestern portion of the island is more dry and has the best weather on the island. The areas around Lahaina and Ka'anapali usually have excellent beach weather and less rainfall than other parts of the island.
The Eastern side of the island tends to be wetter and gets more rainfall. In the winter months, it is often rainy along the Road to Hana.
The center of the island, at the base of Haleakala, is very fertile and is filled with pineapple and sugar cane fields. You'll find several processing plants here. The sugar cane fields are routinely burned and you'll often see smoke rising from these areas.
Enjoy your time on Maui. It's an amazing place!
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