Maui II

This is Katherine Satrom for Travel Explorations. Today, more on Maui, the favorite Hawaiian Island for many visitors.

Hawaiian Airlines has a neat slogan: “Welcome to Maui, where the local time is of your life.”

You do slow your pace in Maui and savor the beauty around you.

You can also savor some pretty spectacular food! A famous Maui restaurant is Mama’s Fish House. Located on the North Shore, the menu is printed daily and mentions who caught your fish and where. An example: Mama’s stuffed mahimahi caught by Alan Cadiz along the north shore of Maui. The fish is stuffed with lobster, crab and Maui onion, and baked in a macadamia nut crust. Delicious!

Another great dining experience is Merriman’s. The restaurant has a patio on a cliff overlooking the ocean. You can enjoy a cocktail while you watch the waves come in, and a boarder pole his way along the shore. And best of all, you can watch the sun sink into the ocean with magenta hues streaking the sky. As darkness falls, brasseries (bray shers) are lighted to provide cozy warmth.

Molokini is a small crescent shaped island off Maui that is really the top of a crater rising above the ocean. Many sailing vessels take tourists to the island for spectacular snorkeling.

Not to be missed is the old whaling town of LaHaina. The history is fascinating, dating from the mid-1800s as the whaling capital of the Pacific. Many charming restored buildings house shops, restaurants and an inn. Dine on excellent seafood right by the water.

Take a drive on the famous Hana Road. The drive is just over 50 miles from Kahului (kah hoo loo ee) to Hana on the remote southeastern coast. The two-lane – and narrower in a few places – road parallels the shore and affords breathtaking views. On the way, stop at the Garden of Eden Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

A state park along the Road features a black sand beach. The Hana Ranch is another highlight. Once 4,500 acres, the current owners still raise cattle on 2,200 acres.

Hana is known as the outpost of yesteryear’s Hawaii. The drive takes at least 3 hours and, with sightseeing, more like 5.

Plan to visit the Haleakala (hah lee ah kah la) National Park. The name means House of the Sun. Here you will be at the top of one of the world’s largest volcanoes. Enjoy a hike through a towering forest, walk across an Indiana Jones swinging bridge, or zoom along on a zipline. The summit is at 10,000 feet.

Thirty-five miles of hiking trails allow exploration of the crator. View stark volcanic landscapes and sub-tropical rain forest. The Park’s coastal area includes freshwater falls, natural pools and tropical vistas.

Maui is known as the “valley isle” and the views and majesty of Haleakala (hah lee ah kah la) help to contribute to that label.

In the upper Midwest we have couch potatoes. I guess in Hawaii you can be a beach papaya. But, as you can tell from some of the attractions mentioned, it is possible to be very active with swimming, walking, biking, snorkeling, golf, and playing tennis. I like to be active, but I’m very good at being a beach papaya and really happy when I’m being one!

This is Katherine Satrom. Thanks for joining me on Travel Explorations. Next time: Travel Trends for 2012.


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