In Kipahula, your tour guide should take you to see the "seven sacred pools".  The pools were considered to be sacred because those of royal blood often swam there.

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Scenic windy road to the historical town of Hana.  Tourists should visit Hana utilizing the services of a tour guide.  The trees are so majestic.

Lahaina still retains the flavor of its bygone glory.  This waterfront offers a glimpse back into the 19th century when whalers and traders visited the island often.  Lahaina was a safe anchorage to hundreds of sailing ships during the whaling years before 1860.


Lahaina - be sure to see the picturesque Pioneer Inn and the park in the center of this historical town.  This is one of my favorite towns to visit.

ISLAND OF MAUI

KNOWN AS THE VALLEY ISLE


Second largest of the eight islands, Maui is formed by two volcanic mountains that are connected by a central isthmus. This broad plain between the twin volcanoes, gradually ascending the slopes of East Maui on one side and West Maui on the other, is the reason Maui is known as the Valley Isle.  As of 2007, the population was 52,000.  Today, Wailuku is the capital of Maui which includes three much smaller islands of Molokai, Lanai and uninhabited Kahoolawe.   Information is not included in my lecture about these islands due to time restraints of my lecture.


In the last several years, Maui has become our most popular island among tourists.  The tourist industry generates a large revenue for our islands.  Our government finally realizes that we need to do whatever we can to preserve our history and protect our environment.  Strict laws that builders must abide by when building new construction are as follows:  (1) no building can be any higher than the tallest palm tree that grows in that area (2) buildings must be built at least 20 feet from the ocean (3) the county will decide how many new buildings can be built in one specific area. New construction in Maui began after these laws were enacted and that is the reason that it is not overly crowded and that the beauty of the island is seen everywhere you go.  Building on the island of Oahu was already finished and these laws were not being enforced at that time.  That is the reason Oahu is more modern than other islands.


Listed below are some of the places for you to visit and enjoy (plan on staying at least 4 to 6 days).

1) Lahaina, Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad lures islanders eager to enjoy the 5 mile ride aboard the state's only passenger train.  In Lahaina, visit the historical center and the Pioneer Inn, built in the Victorian style in 1901.  This is one place where the past, present and the future of all Hawaii meet.  Inquire with your travel agent about the Old Lahaina Luau.  I read that is an very good and authentic luau and show. 

2) Haleakala (house of the sun).  A book written in 1974 states that this is the world's largest dormant volcano.  The distance across to the opposite rim is 7 1/2 miles and the crater is 2 1/2 miles wide, with a circumference of 21 miles. The rare silversword plant grows near the summit and in its crater.  Silverswords flower only once and then die.

3)  Scenic Hana Road offers a narrow escape to paradise with hundreds of curves among jungle clad cliffs and waterfalls.  Hana has the distinction of being one of the rare areas in the entire 50th state.  More than half of the residents descend from Hawaiian ancestors. The beauty of Hana is that it never changes. 

4) Kaanae Point reflects the Hawaiian communities of olden times when all the basic necessities of life were obtained from the ocean and the soil at hand.  There are coconut palms, taro patches and an interesting church built out of coral in 1860.  I have not visited Maui in many years so I plan to visit this island during my next visit home.