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Let it be known up front: these caverns are not an ancient burial ground, contrary to previous beliefs. If this revelation does not disappoint you too much, then perhaps this is the spelunking experience for you. Excursions range from a quick 50-minute lava tube tour to a six-hour adventure that is advertised as a journey to the center of the earth. You will view some breathtaking sights, including ancient stalactites, ledges and the stunning Dancing Sunbeam Skylight. Two different excursions are available. Call for prices and more information.
One of the most magical natural wonders in the world, this destination is also known as "The Seven Sacred Pools". It is located about three hours along the twisting Hana Highway, past tiny Hana town and a one-lane bridge. Oheo Gulch is made up of many waterfalls and pools, one leading into the other. Conditions allowing, it can be a fantastic place to swim. The pools are of varying sizes and elevations, and lead straight out to the ocean. Note: Do not swim in the pool nearest the ocean.
Located on the west side of Maui just outside of Lahaina Town, this beach is great for families, sunbathers, laid-back vacationers and anyone else who's longing to relax. Visitors can park their blankets on grass or sand, according to preference. The waves near the shore are gentle; snorkeling is good in the mornings. Much further out you can often see some surfers. Facilities include picnic tables, barbecues and restrooms. Note: As with all Hawaiian beaches, conditions are variable, so always use caution when entering the water.
Art critics call this the best cultural art gallery in the islands. It features furniture made out of extinct wood that has been helicoptered out of Haleakala Crater and paintings by artists who have not exhibited in any gallery for 25 years or more. Visitors will also find feather art composed of 10,000 feathers that were gathered from captive birds as they molted, then hand-washed, dyed and strung one by one on a framework.
Dedicated to preserving the history of Hana, this non-profit cultural center includes a museum and a replica of an early Hawaiian village. The Hale Waiwai O Hana (House of Treasures) museum contains more than 5000 photographs as well as several hundred artifacts, documents and books. Relics include traditional tools and utensils, sacred stones, quilts and koa statues. The Kauhale O Hana (village) consists of four traditional thatched-roof buildings. There is also a gift shop worth checking out.
Historic Front Street is the main drag in Lahaina, West Maui. It runs along the shoreline, overlooking the ocean. The buildings along the road are reminiscent of Disneyland's Main Street, with colorful wooden buildings perched atop the sandy beach. You can find almost anything you would want or need here. Looking for jewelry? Original Maui Divers is your best bet. Souvenir junkies would do well to browse the super-sized Hilo Hattie's for a unique trinket. Art galleries are prevalent here, and at Simon-Jon Gallery you can purchase some island flair to brighten up your home. For shopping with a more sophisticated air, 505 Front Street is on a quieter stretch of Front Street, and home to many upscale boutiques and acclaimed restaurants. A stroll along Front Street is a pleasant way to spend the day in between catching sun and waves.