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Vacation Destination - Maui, the Valley Island

Updated on December 11, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

Maui Vacation Travel Guide - Expedia

Sunrise at Haleakala Volcano on Maui

The Woman in Yellow by L.A. Cargill Copyright 1990 All rights reserved.
The Woman in Yellow by L.A. Cargill Copyright 1990 All rights reserved. | Source

Sunrise at Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii

Mark Twain said of this place, "the sublimest spectacle I have ever witnessed". He was right. I have witnessed this sublime spectacle many times. One of my favorite places to visit on Maui is Haleakala crater - the House of the Sun.

There are many Hawaiian vacation tours that will take tourists up to the summit for sunrise. My favorite is the bike tour. I never took it myself, but I did drive the chase van. It is the most wonderful bicycle tour. After viewing the incredible Haleakala sunrise, you will coast your way down the volcano for about 40 miles. You will wear a rain slicker for warmth and protection for the first half of the tour. After a stop for a fantastic lunch in Kula, Maui, you will shed the rain slicker and be comfortable in shorts and a T-shirt. You might have to pedal a bit during the second half of the tour, but you end up on the beach.

The Maui bicycle tour starts with a van pick up in Lahaina, The vans go from hotel to hotel to pick up the tourists. The day begins at 2 a.m. Driving up to the summit takes 45 minutes. The tour company provides coffee and pastries for breakfast and blankets. The coffee is good Hawaiian coffee and gets everyone awake. The blankets are for warmth, because it's cold up at the 10,300 foot summit at dawn. That's for sure.

By the time you get to the summit, everyone is ready to get out of the van and settle down to watch the sunrise at the house of the sun. I caught this photo of a woman wrapped in a golden blanket. The shadows are perfect, the clouds are perfect, The lines of the mountain shadows are perfect. I thought at the time that this is the best photo of a Haleakala sunrise I could ever photograph. I still think so.

Hawaii Vacation Photography

While stopping for lunch, visit the Protea Flower farm on Maui and take some excellent photos!
While stopping for lunch, visit the Protea Flower farm on Maui and take some excellent photos! | Source

Hawaii for Vacations

Visiting the U.S. state of Hawaii is like no other vacation you have ever had. There are so many things to do in Hawaii. You will be sad to leave even if you planned a month long vacation here. Two weeks is minimum for a Hawaii vacation.

The top beach resorts in Hawaii are:

  1. Manele Bay - On the island of Lanai, Hawaii is the beach resort of the Four Seasons. If a beach vacation is all you crave, this is the place to go. Snorkeling, diving and dining are the best in the Hawaiian islands.
  2. Popohaku Beach, Molokai - If your Hawaiian vacation plans include staying on an apparent deserted Pacific island, then this is the beach for you. Miles and miles of mostly empty white sand and blue water. Snorkeling, diving, wind surfing, whatever you want to do on a beach - and it's all yours!
  3. Kauna'oa Bay, Hawaii - The big island of Hawaii has resorts along the Kohala coast and the Kona coast. It will be hard to beat this area. White sand beaches that totally look like postcard vacations in Hawaii.
  4. Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai - The Largest bay on the north shore of this less visited Hawaiian island is perfect for romantic Hawaiian vacations and you might even spot movie stars. Kauai is the island most used for movie and TV settings.

    Lanikai Beach, Oahu - One of the most perfect beaches for swimming in the Pacific is this resort area of the capitol island. Kayaking, canoeing, wind surfing and sailing are spectacular here.

  5. Kaanipali Beach Resort, Maui - Here is where I would stay if I were going back to Hawaii for a vacation. The beach here is perfect for snorkeling and diving and sun bathing. There is a great view of Molokai from here.

  6. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui - A vacationer's dream resort. It's pricey, but if you can afford it, I would definitely recommend this area of Maui for a vacation.

Wherever you go in Hawaii, you will find beautiful beaches, great resorts and plenty of activities. While you are there, be sure to make a trip to see the House of the Sun!

Drive the Road to Hana

Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii | Source

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wonderful pic. I've never been to Hawaii, but I find it gorgeous!

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      Austinstar 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Thank you Gus!

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      Gustave Kilthau 7 years ago from USA

      Austinstar - Photos can be great art as well as being precise and accurate. Cargill's is one of those.

      Gus :-)))

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      Austinstar 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Thank you Michael!

      breakfastpop - Probably best to do the plane ride in stages. Get to L.A., spend one night at least, then catch the plane. Be sure to spring for the in-flight movie! Get up and walk around a lot.

      I drove my car from Dallas to L.A. - 3 days, then put my car on a boat for 2 weeks, then caught the plane. Of course I stayed in Hawaii for nearly 3 years before doing the same thing in reverse for the trip back to Austin. I need to do a hub about our 10 state trip when we came back. We took the scenic route, and took a month to drive from L.A. to Austin in 1991.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Terrific hub. As much as I would love the idea of visiting Hawaii, I just can't imagine the plane ride!

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great hub Austinstar!

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      SwiftlyClean 7 years ago from Texas

      Picture of inspiration!

      Thanks for the share.

      God Bless!

      Sharon Smith