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to a limited number of visitors. Call ahead
for reservations (merwinconservancy.org;
808-579-8876). The website lists other
activities related to the Conservancy.
It’s easy to satisfy your sweet tooth in
Maui. Roadside stands across the island
offer fresh-squeezed fruit juice, just-cracked coconuts and a Maui tradition:
flavored shave ice. And never pass up the
opportunity for fresh-baked banana
bread—head for Julia’s Tree House, an
outdoor stand in the tiny town of
Kahakuloa. You’ll know you are there
when you see the bright green treehouse.
(They operate a second location nearby
under a tent. See juliasbananabread.com
Lahaina at dusk.
Near the airport is Stillwell’s Bakery &
Cafe. Grab breakfast or lunch, but definitely include a delicious, flaky cream
horn with chocolate filling on one end and
powdered sugar on top.
PLANNING YOUR TRIP
I always try to make it up to the summit
of the dormant volcano in Haleakala
National Park. You need to set out hours
before dawn, around 2 a.m.—yes, I said 2
a.m.—to be at the top in time for sunrise.
The experience never ceases to amaze me.
Sunrises at the summit are stunningly
beautiful; you’re actually above the clouds,
and the sun rises from below you. Do this
on the first or second full day of your trip
and make jet lag work for you.
MAUI OFFERS AN abundance of activities for
a wide variety of interests, all in a beautiful
setting. There are beaches, waterfalls, hikes,
swimming and snorkeling, sunbathing, cultural artifacts, shopping—it’s a delightful list.
To help make the most of your trip, visit
the official Hawaiian Islands visitors’ web-
site, gohawaii.com. It recommends what to
see and do, essentials to pack, where to go
for family activities, how to immerse yourself in the Hawaiian culture and much
more. The site gives practical tips on the
best visiting times for top locations, as well
as alerts if something is closed.—PG
An easy way to go is on a tour that drives
you to the summit and then supplies a bicycle for a downhill ride back. If you think the
bike ride will be strenuous, think again. It’s
all downhill (translation: no pedaling, just
braking). Or opt to drive to the summit in
late afternoon for a less crowded but still
gorgeous sunset. At 10,000 feet above sea
level there is zero light pollution, making
this one of the best dark-sky places in the
world for stargazing. If you plan early, you
might even snag a stay at one of the three
historic wilderness cabins located in the
The island’s volcanoes may be dormant, but you can count on eruptions at the
Nakalele blowhole on Maui’s northwestern
coast. Seawater is trapped in an underwater lava tube and escapes in an explosion of
water every few minutes at high tide. Mind
the hand-lettered sign—“this is not a
waterpark”—and enjoy the spray from a
safe distance. Carefully go down a loose
rock trail to behold a heart-shaped hole the
force of water has carved out of rock. It’s an
example of the great natural photo ops that
will keep you coming back. C
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