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by Odinnthor

Question was asked as to the best way to see Hawaiian volcanos by taking a Hawaiian cruise, as the grandson was very interested in the volcanos: I have said in another forum that five island in six days is not the way to see Hawaii. It is slightly better, but not by much, to do them by cruise, - unless the cruise itself is the main reason. Then it is just fine. Each island deserves a week. however it can be done in less time . But to consider two days in Maui, "plenty of time" is not a good thing. You do have the right idea regarding going to the Big Island either before or after the cruise, since your grandson's interest in volcanos will not be served by the time allotted by the cruise.

As far as Maui, (..and I admit to some bias, as I lived in Lahaina for five years), Haleakala stands 10.000.00 feet, so consider the altitute. It is a great experience, and a tour can be taken into the crater, even by a mule. Don't know the age of your grandson, but the bike ride down the mountain is a thrill ride.
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Do take some time on Maui to explore Lahaina, and the Pioneer Inn including the Whalers museum and Whaling ship. I imagine that "two days" really means an overnight, so you really have very little time there. There is a lot more to do, but this was designed for a cruise passenger, so will add other things to a more comprehensive island tips.

The Big Island, with the twin volcanos Kilauea and Mauna Loa, - need some time. I am sure that the helicopter ride is quite nice, and it does give great overview of the area and the actual crater areas. However for your grandson, a touch and feel is a must.

Beware of the Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanos. She lives in the pit. She is very particular about this one thing: Do not remove any object from her domain, - even a rock, lest misfortune will fall upon you after you return home. This of course is a myth, but you would be surprised how many times the local tour operators receive a package from past visitors containing a rock or some such, and plead with them to take it back to the mountain and return it to Pele. E komo mai Hawaii. Aloha nui.

Couple of websites"
Mule ride: http://www.maui.net/explore-maui/local-guides/27/

On the Big Island

Address: Maui and the Big Islan (Hawaii)
Directions: Volcanos on the Big Island, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, and on Maui, Haleakala volcano

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  • Updated Sep 9, 2009
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