Bathed in sunshine year-round, the Hawaiian Islands are the subject of many travelers’ daydreams. But these remote volcanic islands, set between Asia and the Americas, offer more than just sweeping beaches, verdant rainforests, and rainbows arching over cascading waterfalls. Each idyllic island represents a delightfully different vision of paradise, infused with the legendary spirit of aloha – a concept that must be experienced to be truly understood.
The adventures to be had on Maui, known as “The Valley Isle” can be as breathtaking as a bicycle ride down the Haleakala Volcano or as ethereal as fingering the fine-grained sand on Kaanapali Beach. A spur-of-the-moment inspiration may prompt you to seek out waterfalls along the Hana Highway, dive the backside of Molokini Crater’s deep blue aquatic paradise, daytrip over to the small neighbor islands of Molokai and Lanai, or simply enjoy a sunset dinner in Lahaina. The Island allows time to float by, like the clouds overhead, or the steady rise and fall of waves meeting the sandy seashore.
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