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5 Places That Will Convince You To Fly to Maui, Hawaii

by pureinspirationalenergy

The chain of the Hawaiian Archipelago islands is known everywhere for its beautiful beaches, eye-catching sunsets, and daredevil surfers. It attracts millions of tourists every year who flock to the islands to soak in the sun and salt-water underneath the palm trees, there were 10,000,000 visitors in 2019 alone. The chain was first settled around 400 A.D by Polynesian explorers, the explorer who found the islands was said to have named the islands after his children. The island of Maui shares the name of one of the explorer’s children as well as the name of a demi-god important to the native culture. The demi-god was known as a trickster and with a powerful hook known as the Manaiakalani, tricked his brothers into pulling the islands out from under the sea.

THE MEANING OF ALOHA IS “THE BREATH OF LIFE”

In Hawaii, the phrase “Aloha” is one you will commonly hear. A lot of people don’t realize however that it is of great importance to the Hawaiian Natives. It is used for “hello” and “goodbye” as a reminder to the great Aloha Spirit that resides within everything on the islands, and is held sacred to all of the inhabitants on the islands. When someone says Aloha, it is meant to carry a spirit with the word that recognizes importance of every other person in our collective existance, that we all share the same “Aloha Spirit” and that it is an acknowledgement of the spirit within the people that hear it. 

“Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.

“Aloha” is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.

“Aloha” means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.

You don’t have to live in Hawaii – or even be Hawaiian – to embrace the Aloha Spirit.
Mark Ellman

That being said, experience the Aloha while exploring the island of Maui in these 5 inspiring places to go to when visiting the island of Maui:

1. Makena Beach

At Makena Beach State park you can enjoy a beautiful beach that’s 2/3 of a mile long and is one of the largest, most undeveloped beaches in Maui. It offers protection from the trade winds as it sits between two black rock outcroppings and gives an amazing view of the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe nearby. Big Beach located south of Wailea is more secluded than the beaches in Kaanapali and Lahaina, which gives a chiller vibe and the water here is great for skimboarding, bodyboarding, and body surfing. Little Beach, or Pu’u Olai beach, is just north of Big Beach separated by a black rock outcropping and a five minute hike. This beach is known for nude suntanning and drum circles, so if thats something that excites you, you’ll find it here! However plenty of families come to this beach so don’t let this dissuade you from choosing this beach for a family vacation, there’s plenty to enjoy for everyone! I found this video which gives a great tour and look of the beach. Enjoy!

2. Whale Sightings

A beautiful marvel of nature, the North Pacific Humpback whale is a marvel to behold. Weighting from 25 to 40 tons they are the fifth largest species of whale in the world, and for those looking to take a trip to Maui it happens to be the perfect spot to see one! Thousands of whales flock to the warm Hawaiian waters during their winter migration from November through May. You can see them from the islands or book a boat tour with the Pride of Maui to see them up close. You can paddleboard or kayak to go out and see them as well, with plenty of options for rentals.

Going out on a boat on the indigo blue water and seeing a whale is an experience very few have complained about, and the sheer beauty and grace of these animals will make you say you were glad you came. Check out this video to see some of the whales in action.

3. Haleakala Sunrise

At over 10,000 feet above sea level, you will find the Haleakala Summit. Famous for its beautiful sunrise shining on the clouds, it gives a feeling of awe, wonder, and majesty to all those who behold it. The reflection of the orange light off the clouds adds to that feeling of majesty and is a worthwhile trip to make if visiting the island of Maui. To see the sunrise, you will have to wake up extra early and take a 2 hour drive up the summit, meaning this is for the dedicated sight seers. It’s also a popular spot, so much so it requires a reservation! Temperatures are often in the 40 degree range meaning you’re going to want to bring a jacket or wear a couple extra layers! If you’re interested in reserving a spot for this beautiful sunrise experience, check out this link here.

4. The Lava Tubes

One of Maui’s most recently created marvels, these lava tubes were created from a lava spew from underground 960 years ago. It formed a huge subterranean tunnel, the 18th largest in the world! Today it serves as a popular tourist attraction and costs $11.95 for adults and free for kids 5 and under. It’s open from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. They give you a flashlight and let you go as the tour is self-guided. There are stone steps and railings through the cave guiding you through, however they say half the cave is still undiscovered! If you’d like to learn more, check out this link here. Here’s a paragraph from the article I linked:

“Once inside, you’ll descend deeper into the lava tube, passing stops and formations such as the moray eel and fallout shelter (which remains stocked with enough supplies to feed 15 people for 6 weeks), ropey pahoehoe, lava level lines, contraction cracks, lava stalagmites, cinder floor surface, lava tube lining, re-entry passages, overtubes, blind cave insects such as crickets, flatworms and millipedes, a’a lava, bowling alley, puzzle piece, overflow, cow bones, volcano vent, the chocolate corridor of stalactites, loft and a backflow.”

5. The Nakalele Blowhole

One of the most interesting anomalies on the island of Maui is the Nakalele Blowhole. The ocean undercuts the shore and forces seawater through a large hole in a shelf of lava, and varies with the tide and surf. The geyser has been known to spray water up to 100 feet in the air with a very powerful force, so all tourists are warned to stay back for their own safety. Its surrounded by all kinds of lava rocks so good shoes and a good balance are recommended for those looking to get a closer look. Check out this link of these adventurers getting pretty close if you want to watch a cool video of the blowhole. Enjoy!

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