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  • MauiPro 2014

    Maui is paradise. I have never been to a place on earth I love any more than Maui. From the food to the people, this is a place where I could spend an eternity. The drive to Hana is my favorite, but traveling around the North side is also very fun. The beaches are fantastic.

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    Maui is a lovely island and offers great diversity. You can head up the volcano or out to Hana or to the coast or inland. From Costco to mom & pop shops you can define your own Hawaiian experience here. I like that you can venture out into the country yet easily return to the conveniences of the numerous resorts.

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  • MauiPro 2014
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    Maui was the first Hawaiian Island I ever visited, worked and ending up living on for a while. Even after all this time, it's still the best all-in-one island for travelers to visit, if you're the kind of person who wants to see and do a bit of everything. Go hiking around the cinder desert of Haleakala, snorkel in the eroded offshore crater of Molokini, take a winter whale-watching cruise to see humpback whales breech, drive the jungly Road to Hana (or even better, the rugged Kahekili Hwy or the road around Kaupo on Haleakala's back side) and watch the pro surfers and windsurfers near Hookipa Beach. Ambling along the oceanfront boardwalk at sunset in Lahaina, the now-touristy but still historic whaling port and royal Hawaiian compound town, just never gets old, no matter how many times I'm there. For a great day trip, take the catamaran over to neighboring Lanai island to snorkel at Manele Bay.

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  • Maui

    Your decision is based on the TYPE of Traveler as you define yourself to be.
    Are you more of an Urbanite (Nightlife, restaurants, entertainment and do some Light sightseeing) or are you more of an Adventurer, who is 'On The Road Less Traveled'?
    The other important factor is Time ... and just having 10 days is not enough, even for just one island. I have lived on Oahu, Maui and now on the Big Island, so I have a pretty good overview as to what EACH island offers, Pro's and Con's, and LMK if you need any specific details.
    Some of the other people that have responded have pointed out some good Pro's for Oahu and I think that Ms. Benson did a nice good of presenting an overview of Maui.
    Keep in mind that on Oahu, you will have to deal with ornery, traffic patterns, and to get to the Best locations you will have to drive and navigate from one place to another, especially if you want to visit or stay near one of the best Beaches ... not including Waikiki.
    Maui is much easier to navigate, and for me offers a lot more as an Adventurer overall. but also has some traffic congestion at certain times of the day ... however, I would rather spend 10 days on Maui, rather than split my time. Believe me it will be a much better R&R experience ... and Remember ... "What Happens On Maui ... "
    And the Big island? Well that's another Talk Story ... for another Sun-filled day in Paradise! Aloha from Kona ...

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    Great for lovers. Not a hell of a lot to do "touristy"/ commercial wise compared to Oahu / Big island (or so they tell me) but really gives you that island feel.

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    I visited Maui in January . It's an awesome place to visit beautiful weather , awesome beaches and a wonderful place to relax.

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    This recently updated ground floor unit is the Coolest Condo at Kihei Holiday. Stocked, Super Clean and ready with everything our Guests need to have an Awesome Vacation.

    Super Clean and Tastefully appointed with Queen beds in each room, there is also an inflatable bed if needed. In this open floor plan you will find a large comfortable sectional sofa in the living room with a 42in. wall mounted LED TV and Wireless Internet that won't disappoint. And a Kitchen that brings all the comforts of home on your Vacation.

    We have available Air Conditioning, Ceiling fans, Cable TV, HIGH SPEED Internet and a Washer and Dryer in the unit. Plenty of beach equipment and Snorkel gear, including beach towels. Kihei Holiday has a sparkling onsite Lap Pool and Jacuzzi along with two Large Gas Grills, all within steps of your Patio. Shopping, Dining, Safeway, Starbucks, Hilo Hattie’s, Stella Blues, Kihei Cafe and much more are all very close to this centrally located Condo.

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  • MauiPro 2014
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    One of the most beautiful places on Earth (though I suspect this could be said of all of the Hawaiian Islands), Maui is blessed with stunning natural wonders. Whether hiking above the clouds in the surreal cinder desert of Mt. Haleakala, snorkeling or diving in a colorful coral garden, driving the fantastically twisty road to the unspoiled town of Hana, or just laying back drinking rum from a cut pineapple, Maui is a place that makes you feel abundantly blessed to be endowed with all five senses.

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    I really love Maui, great beaches and snorkeling spots, beautiful sunsets, cozy Front Street, great National Park and State Parks. Maui is Paradise!

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    I've spent a lot of time in Maui, and Initially I pooh-poohed it because it wasn't "Hawaiian" enough. In time, that's why I came to love it. It's beautiful, safe, and with plenty of attractions and amusements Westerners will enjoy.

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    Where do I start? Maui no ka oi! Rated the number one travel destination in the world, Maui has it all and then some... The cradle of Aloha; the island in the middle of largest known ocean in the Universe, the valley isle between the tallest volcano from sea-floor to the top... Maui is amazing. The people, the places, the food, the amazing recreation. Maui has it all. Eh, I'm a fan of Maui.

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  • MauiPro 2014
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    Maui is one of those perfect places. Its not adventure travel. Its not exotic. But it is truly beautiful and relaxing. There are 3 main areas on the island where people stay - the Lahaina-Kaanapali area features beautiful beaches, lots of restaurants and high-rise hotels. Kihei as a town is a bit less charming, but the beaches are superb and generally sheltered from the waves. The north shore is less touristic and more wild - the wind surfing, big wave surfing and the local hippy scene can be found here. While the beaches here are beautiful, they are plagued by afternoon winds that can kick up sand and high surf. If snorkling or diving are your things, there are great options here - south of Kihei and around Blackrock both offer amazing snorkling options!

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  • MauiCommunity ManagerPro 2014
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    My 2nd time in Hawaii was in Maui, that's where I fell in love with the islands and decided to move here. Known as the "Valley Isle", it's beautiful scenery, friendly people, abundance of water activities and hike trails, slower pace of life, and never ending amazing sunsets are what I love. I learned to surf, saw whales, hiked behind a waterfall, jumped inside a fresh water cave, touched black sand and rocks, hiked a volcano crater, saw the most amazing sunrise and sunset at 10K+ft elevation, traveled by myself, and met some amazing traveling friends for life.

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    You must experience Maui if you haven't been to Hawaii.
    It is lush, has a volcano, pristine beaches and lots of golf courses.
    I prefer Wailea to Kaanapali.
    In my opinion the beaches are better ans although there are tourists it seems the hotels are not on top of each other.
    You will need to rent a car to fully experience the island.

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    How could I not give Maui the maximum amount of stars. I moved here 12 years ago and I've been here ever since. I may leave one day but I will always come back to visit. Once you experience the magic of Maui, you can't stay away for too long.

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    One of the best vacation spots in the world. We couldn't stop conspiring about how to come back consistently on a yearly basis. Our only complaint is that we wanted to stay longer. Recommend getting a condo, so you can stay comfortably and see all that the Island has to offer.

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    Maui no ka oi (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) It has everything, it is shaped like an hourglass, formed by 2 volcanic cones. The higher one, Haleakala is definitely worth exploring. Halfway up to the peak you will find cattle and Eucalyptus trees and you will think you are in California. Be sure to take the road to Hana, too!

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  • MauiCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
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    As a kid growing up on Hawaii, Maui always conjured up images of blue water and funky colors, a sort of Miami Vice of Hawaii. My subconscious wasn't entirely off. The ocean water is indeed blue on Maui—much bluer than most of Oahu's sea water—and the tourism has certainly added a unique flavor.

    My advice would be to stick to nature. Lahaina is fun, but the tourist feeling of it gets overwhelming. There's not much else to do on the island in terms of urban entertainment, so do yourself a favor and explore the beautiful nature.

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    Maui is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It's the perfect destination for couples as there are so many romantic sights to see and places to relax. If you're visiting Hawaii for the first time, I would recommend coming here or Oahu, depending on what you're looking to do. Maui has much less nightlife than Oahu, so it's much more sleepy. For a first timer, I'd suggest staying in Kaanapali or Lahaina to be closer to restaurants and shops.

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    Maui is an amazing Island! It is more for couples or true adventurer's though. Not much of a nightlife though it is getting better. There are some of the finest most expensive resorts on Maui. For the adventurer you have the most waterfall's on any Island plus the Bamboo forests which you can zip line though and hike though. There are many hidden and dangerous area's on Maui to Explore or if you are recently married you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and the romantic atmosphere.

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A beautiful island in the Hawaiian archipelago and a favorite of paradise-seeking vacationers for years, Maui remains a top destination. The west-facing shores of Maui, sheltered from the tradewinds, are most popular among travelers. In west Maui, the historic port town of Lahaina is the cultural center of the island, with a fantastic selection of shops and restaurants along its main stretch. North from Lahaina, Kanapali and Kapalua are resort towns with high-rise hotels stretched along sandy beaches. The south Maui town of Kihei offers some of the nicest snorkeling beaches on the island. If you’re looking to escape the beach, try your luck driving the Hana Highway (its very curvy and therefore not for the weak-of-stomach), or watch the sunrise from atop a volcano in Haleakala National Park. Paia, on Maui’s north shore, is home to Maui’s surf culture as well as fantastic restaurants in a laid back setting. With its varied activities and great beaches, Maui is one of the most hospitable islands in the world.

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