Maui, Hawaii

Maui was created by two great and now dormant volcanoes - Hale Mahina or House of the Moon in the west, and Haleakala or House of the Sun in the east. Legend tells us the demigod Maui stood on Haleakala's rim and lassoed the sun to slow it down as it set. Sunrise on the summit fills the sky with incredible colors. And the crater floor glows deep red with mana, the sheer power of this earth.

Is your style a secluded red sand beach in Kula, or a wild luau on Makena Beach complete with drum circle and fire dancers? Ride the ocean by windsurf, sailboat, or canoe. You may sight a humpback whale spraying up out of the sea. Find unexpected lunch delights in farm-to-table food adventures. The chef fixes your fresh, organic meal as you look out over green valleys and bright blue sea.

Road trips can free the soul. The 52-mile north shore Hana highway winds you through bohemian beach towns, past sugarcane, and trees heavy with coconuts. Drive along fields of hand-farmed taro in the traditional Hawaiian village of Ke'anae. And look for the old church built from coral and lava rocks.

Inspire your spirit with art galleries in historic Lahaina, the whaling center of Hawaii from 1825 to 1860 and once capital of the Hawaiian kingdom. The live theater Ulalena show in Lahaina astonishes people with its energy - chanting, dance movement, and acrobatics draw you deep into ancient Hawaiian history.

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