Maui is the largest of the eight islands that make up Hawaii. Hawaii is known the world over for its breathtaking paradise. The weather is much like a tropical nation as the palm trees soar high and the hot winds blow by unimpeded. Interesting Hawaii is the 8th smallest state of the United States. However, due to the 1.5 million inhabitants, it’s 13th on the list of most densely populated states. It becomes the 50th state of America in 1959 so regarding the recent history of the islands, not much is known about them outside of the country. Maui has a 30-mile stretch of beaches which are gifted with clear blue waters from the North Pacific Ocean. Haleakalā is the island’s shield volcano that is known to spew lava down onto the landscape. The hardened rock is safe for hikers to walk on making some vantage points accessible for amazing views. The lava rock also makes up 75% of the island itself.
A powerful giver
Haleakala rises upward to over 3,000 meters above sea level. Its name means ‘house of the sun’ in Hawaiian and it’s the tallest peak of 3,055m is called the ‘red hill’. There is a well-known tradition of Hawaii being the place where science is furthered. The shield volcano graciously provides the astronomical research observatory Haleakala Observatory, an unparalleled view of the stars. Maui and the rest of Hawaii are situated in such a position that the view out into outer space is crystal clear at night. No clouds can hide the stunning starry sky which in itself is worth the trip alone.
Once in a lifetime stay
The Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club is without a shadow of a doubt, bucket list material. A staggeringly beautiful location that’s on the most westerly part of the island, the hotel looks out onto the Lahaina Roads. You’re surrounded by the incoming waves and lime green vegetation and of course the iconic coconut palm trees. The Kaanapali Beach has some of the smoothest and softest sand in the world. If you don’t want to be by the waves during the night, you can take a swim in the super pool complex. Every single room enjoys free Wi-Fi and soft bedding. The rooms are spacious, and each has fantastic views of the island. As if the sounds of the waves wasn’t calming enough you can enjoy a day spa which includes outdoor spa cabanas. The hotel also hosts a range of restaurants to please your palate. You may choose to stir up an appetite first with a spot of on-site tennis or to work out in the fitness center.
The Maui Ocean Center is a 3-acre large aquarium that gives visitors a chance to see the natural wildlife up close. It especially attracts attention for its coral reef habitats where sea turtles, dolphins, great white sharks and whales swim in. It also gives the public an understanding of how important global warming is and what kind of effects the rising temperatures are having on the animals of the seas.
How many people can say they’ve visited an island almost completed made out of volcanic rock? Maui is the second largest island of Hawaii, but some might say it has the biggest attractions.