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Hawaii Revisited-Discovering Maui

A Visitors View of the Best Of Maui Resorts and Hotels

The day after my arrival on the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands I woke very early feeling wonderful after a good night’s sleep. The sun was just coming up so I decided to make a cup of coffee and enjoy it on my balcony before meeting my fellow planners for breakfast. It was a gorgeous day.

Early morning view of the beach from my balcony
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Early risers walking on the beach
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Resort View from balcony
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A quick look at the days scheduled events showed that it would be a long day of meetings and site visits, so I dressed in comfortable clothes and shoes and headed down to breakfast. A special dining area had been arranged for our group of planners and travel agents in the main conference area of the resort. As I approached our room I saw an omelet station set up outside where a Chef was making eggs cooked to order. Inside our meeting room there were tables set up with everything you could imagine to eat for breakfast including some of the most delicious looking and tasting fruit that I had ever seen. I filled my plate and sat down with several planners that I had not met the night before. Everyone commented on how good the food was and we all feared that we would go home a lot heavier than we arrived if we were not careful.

A short time later the Maui Convention and Visitor Bureau made a presentation describing the history and culture of Hawaii and the island of Maui.

Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles and is the 17th largest island in the United States. In 2010, Maui had a population of 154,834, third-most populous of the Hawaiian islands, behind that of Oahu and Hawaii. Kahului is the largest town on the island with a population of 20,146. Wailuku is the seat of Maui County. Polynesians, from Tahiti and the Marquesas, were the original peoples to populate Maui. The Tahitians introduced the kapu system, a strict social order that affected all aspects of life and became the core of Hawaiian culture. Modern Hawaiian history began in the mid-18th century when King Kamehameha I, king of Hawaii's "Big Island," invaded Maui in 1790 and fought the Battle of Kepaniwai. The King finally conquered Maui a few years later.

The first European to visit Maui was the French admiral Jean-François de La Pérouse, who landed on the shores of what is now known as La Perouse Bay on May 29, 1786. More Europeans followed, among them were traders, whalers, loggers and missionaries. The missionaries taught reading and writing, created the 12-letter Hawaiian alphabet, started a printing press in Lahaina, and began writing the islands' history, which until then was transmitted orally. The missionaries both altered and preserved the native culture. The religious work altered the culture while the literacy efforts preserved native history and language. Missionaries started the first school in Lahaina, which still exists today: Lahainaluna Mission School, which opened in 1831.

The big tourist areas in Maui are the Hāna Highway, Haleakalā National Park, and Lahaina. The Hāna Highway runs along the east coast of Maui, curving around many mountains and passing by black sand beaches and waterfalls. Haleakalā National Park is home to Haleakalā, a dormant volcano. Lahaina is one of the main attractions on the island with an entire street of shops and restaurants which lead to a wharf where many people set out for a sunset cruise or whale watching adventure. Snorkeling is very popular and can be done at almost any beach along the Maui coast.

It was a very interesting and educational breakfast. It was clear to me that the residents of Maui are extremely proud of their history and culture and they welcome all visitors to experience it when they come. From breakfast we spent some time talking to different resort representatives before taking a short walk down the beach to the Westin Maui Resort for a Lunch and Pool Party event. The walk down the beach was a nice change from being indoors all morning. We passed several restaurants and shopping areas along the way. At the pool deck of the Westin we were greeted by the Manager of the resort who took us on a tour of the hotel before we sat down poolside for a fabulous lunch. The Westin is another beautiful property.

Balcony view of the Westin Resort Maui
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Beach view from Westin hotel room
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Standard hotel room at the Westin Maui
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After lunch at the Westin we were given some free time to enjoy the beach or do some shopping. I chose to go back to the Sheraton and relax out of the sun. I took more photos of the resort pool and beach area before heading up to my room.

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With the day almost over, the evening was just beginning. At 5:00pm we were all told to meet in the hotel lobby for a trip over to 3 different resorts in the Wailea area of the island for a Progressive Reception event. We would tour the Wailea Marriott, the Grand Wailea Resort and the Fairmont Kea Lani and enjoy food and drink at each one. It sounded like a fun evening and I could not wait to get started!

Next up, a night to remember in Wailea on the island of Maui. To be continued.......

Gerrilyn Grant Gipson Esq.
Owner, Travel Consultant
Meetings & Events Unlimited Travel Services

Posted by Gerriv 10:43

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Gerri, this is amazing. I can tell you have a love of history and culture; it oozes from every sentence. I can imagine how hard it was to stay away from the food, and I know I wouldn't have been able to. I am still not sure which trip you've taken that I like the best.

What kind of camera do you have? Your photos are spectacular!

And I must reiterate that I am willing to carry your laptop and umbrella if you ever decide you need a do-girl on your trips.

by Amaya Radjani

Hi Amaya! Thanks for the great comments! I have a small Canon 740 camera with a large lens that does take great digital photos. If I could figure out a way to take you with me on my trips I would. I know we would have a great time traveling together!

by Gerriv

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