Maui

Road to Hana - Maui, Hawaii

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Maui

Maui is a truly magical place and Hawaii's most popular island, especially for honeymoons. Once a thriving whaling center, today Maui offers extraordinary vacation activities. Maui was voted the world's best island by readers of Conde Naste Traveler for eight years in a row. The island has a rich culture, activities that appeal to both the adventurous and the laid back, an exceptional collection of accommodations and restaurants ranging from luxurious to affordable, as well as warm and friendly residents. It's no wonder Maui is the number one destination for a Hawaiian honeymoon.

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Highlights
Choose from more than 15 golf courses, or snorkel at lovely Ulua Beach near Wailea. Scuba dive at Molokini, a submerged crater off the coast, or hike the easy trails in Iao Valley State Park. Explore Lahaina's whaling history on a walking tour of the town that is also the center of Maui's nightlife. Drive Upcountry and ride horseback on the slopes of Haleakala volcano, where ranches, farms, and small cowboy towns like Makawao, home to Hawaii's largest rodeo, offer a rural counterpoint to sand and saltwater.

Maui's beaches are legendary, including a black-sand strand at Waianapanapa State Park, and a swath of red sand at a hidden beach near Hana. You could choose Kapalua, with its calm, wind-protected waters, or the three miles of golden sand at Kaanapali. Then there's the Wailea combo - great sand, plus whale-watching and sunsets supreme. And Makena's rock-free Big Beach has long been a favorite local bodysurfing break, though it's not for water novices. On Maui, the best beach is the one nearest to you.

Geography/Environment
Maui features 120 miles of coastline and 42 miles of beaches. Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the stereotypical Hawai'i of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach. There are no large cities or overcrowding, with even the larger communities referred to as 'towns.' The island is dominated by two volcanoes: Kahalawai with it's ancient extinct Pu'u Kukui (Candlenut Hill) which forms the West Maui Mountains, and the towering Haleakala (House of the Sun) of East Maui, the world's largest dormant volcano. The large fertile isthmus that connects the two together gave rise to the nickname of "The Valley Isle."
Activities
Ocean adventures including snorkeling, diving, cruises, parasailing, and surfing. Play golf at a world renowned course. Spend an afternoon at Pearl Harbor. Go on an eco-cultural excursion and attend luau.
Climate and Weather
Although Hawaii's busiest tourist season is during winter (December to February), this has more to do with the weather elsewhere, since many visitors are snowbirds escaping cold winters back home. You don't find much nicer weather anywhere in the world. Near the coasts, which you almost always are, average highs are a pleasant 80ºF (27ºC), and the difference between summer and winter temperatures is only 10 degrees. The rainiest period is between December and March. It also matters on which side of the islands you are. In general, the driest, sunniest conditions and the calmest waters are on the southwestern side of the islands. The northeastern side of the islands receives decent rainfalls.
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Destination Wedding Information
Getting married in Hawaii is easy.
  • Applying for marriage license in person
  • Fee is $50 cash
  • Both partners must be over the age of eighteen
  • A driver's license or other form of identification should be brought to the licensing appointment
  • If either partner has been married before, he or she will have to state the date, county and state (or country) in which the divorce was finalized for each previous marriage.
  • The license also requires the names of each partner's parents and the places where they were born.
  • Destination Wedding Connection-Your destination wedding specialists in Hawaii!

Maui Reviews
Maui's Historical town of Lahaina
by Linda Dancer last updated on 10/22/2012
The historic town of Lahaina has something to offer every type of visitor. History buffs have a heyday in this former Hawaiian capital, where the Kamehameha dynasty prevailed some two centuries ago; and where bawdy 19th-century sailors and prim Christian...
Sheraton Maui
by Ron Trimper last updated on 09/24/2010
I cannot imagine a better location for your time in Maui. The Sheraton Maui has an amazing beach that does not get too crowded. The location right on top of black rock is great for snorkeling. During my stay I swam with 3+ sea turtles and lots of reef...
Maui Romance is Magical
by Lynn Ogata last updated on 05/19/2009
Romance spills over on the island of Maui. Maui is the perfect Wedding Destination. Imagine a ceremony on a glistening beach, next to a waterfall, or in a tropical chapel. On Maui, you will find all the services you need to help create the most perfect...
Ahhhh Maui !!!!!
by Lynn Ogata last updated on 01/29/2009
Romance, Incredible Sunsets, Magical Evenings . . . Maui is a magical place where every day a new memory is created. As I gaze out the balcony of my room at the Hyatt Maui Resort, I am captivated by the amazing beauty God has created for us to experience...
Maui's Best Honeymoon Spots
by Charlynn McCarthy last updated on 12/29/2008
If you love beautiful beaches you'll love Maui. Many of the world's best beaches are on Maui. In Ka'anapali you'll find great snorkeling and pristine beaches. Take a short ride on the local trolley to Lahaina, a bustling whaling village...
A Wedding on a Private Yacht Charter off the Coast of Maui
by Teresa Nelle last updated on 07/25/2008
Sail the Islands of Aloha in Wedded Bliss! The Island Star is the way to go for the ultimate in private weddings. We are happy to assist you in arranging your special day, complete with photographer and flowers. I would suggest at least 4 hours so you...
Maui's best beach
by Hannah Lohmer last updated on 05/30/2008
Maui's Kaanapali Beach remains a wonderful honeymoon and destination wedding site. Incredible views, a great long walking beach (or paved path up above beach), great caliber hotels, good bodysurfing, and the ever present "aloha" spirit of...