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Clockwise from top: Black sand beach;
Sunset from Haleakala Volcano; Twin Falls.
Breathtaking natural beauty awaits
Maui is an award-winner: For decades, it has topped lists and won polls as one of the best islands in the world. Oprah
Winfrey, the great arbiter of taste, even has a gorgeous home on Maui. The island is classically Hawaiian - fruity cocktails,
beautiful sunsets, pristine beaches, perfect blue water - but something in the air elevates its charms to make it one of the
world's most blissful retreats.
There are myriad options for island enjoyment. Water conditions are nearly always perfect for activities like scuba diving,
snorkeling, and swimming. The 68-mile Hana Highway, with around 600 twists and turns, leads to the town of Hana and
a stunning black sand beach. The 10,000-foot-high Haleakalā volcano, popular for sunrise and sunset views, makes up a
majority of the island, encompassing Haleakalā National Park. First-timers will enjoy the cheesy fun of the Old Lahaina Luau,
complete with flower leis, hula, and ukulele music.
"I have not once thought of business, or care or human toil or trouble or sorrow or weariness, and the memory of it will
remain with me always," Mark Twain said of Maui. It is a place you will never forget.