MAUI "The Valley Isle"

Shaped somewhat like the bust of a statue, Maui is the state's second-largest island-727 square miles-and third most populated, with just under 120,000 residents. People on the Valley Isle like to say "Maui no ka oi-Maui is the best," and visitors who come here year after year agree that the island is worthy of such a superlative.

Brilliant sunrises and sweet symphony sounds. Idyllic rain forests and lavish wine festivals. Sun-kissed beaches and big-time sporting events. Maui offers visitors the ideal mix of nature and sophistication-the best of all worlds.

One of the most prominent natural attractions on the island is 10,023-foot Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano crater. Standing 3,000-feet deep and 21 mile around, Haleakala ("House of the Sun") is large enough to hold the city of Manhattan. Its crater so resembles the surface of the moon that NASA used Haleakala to train their Apollo astronauts in the 1960s.

Wherever you go on Maui, there is beauty to be discovered: Visit ‘Iao Valley and see the ‘Iao Needle rising more than 100 stories from the valley's floor. Take the road to Hana and explore the scenic wonders of this world-famous rain forest. Head Upcountry and visit art galleries and color-splashed flower farms. Or visit the island's principal resort areas-Wailea, Makena, Kihei, Ka‘anapali and Kapalua, to name a few-and enjoy some of the world's finest beaches.

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