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Your Seattle To Hawaii Vacation On Maui

by Fergy Ferguson

When you consider taking your Seattle to Hawaii vacation on Maui, it’s nice to know a few interesting facts about Maui.  As the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain, Maui is also the second most populated.  The difference about the population numbers is that there are less than 175,000 full time residents, and the numbers are more evenly distributed across Maui and it’s sister islands of Molokai and Lanai.  This gives Maui the more desired feel of being more rural and tropical than the island of Oahu.  This is also one of the reasons why Maui is consistently rated as either the best vacation island, or always in the the top 10, in the world.

As I mentioned above, Maui county is actually comprised of 5 islands, 3 of which are populated.  The five main islands in Maui county are Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Molokini, and Kahoolawe.  Most people forget about Kahoolawe because it was utilized as a practice bombing range in World War 2, and actually all the way up to 1990.  It has now been cleared of the ordinance, and turned back over to the state of Hawaii.  Kahoolawe is not populated, but is a very significant cultural beacon for the Hawaiian people.  There is an extensive reclamation project proceeding on the island to return it to it’s natural state, and to prepare it for eventual re-population.  Molokini is also sometimes forgotten, until you take a snorkel boat trip there.  Molokini is more an islet than an Island and could not really be populated even if it was not allowed.  Both Molokini an Kahoolawe are highly visible from the southern end of the island.

Lanai and Molokai are the 2 islands that are highly visible from the west side of the island of Maui.  They are both sparsely populated, but each of them have wonderful reasons to take your Hawaii vacation on them.  Many people will first visit one, or both, of these islands via a ferry boat for the day, or for an overnight stay.  Lanai is best known as the former “Pineapple Island”, where James Dole once ran the largest private pineapple plantation in the world.  Lanai now has  it’s 2 Four Seasons Resorts, with world class golf.  Molokai has always been known as home to Father Damien, now Saint Damien.  Saint Damien was the priest who helped keep the famous leper colony together, and also was able to prove to the outside world that leprosy is not contagious.  Molokai is now an island that is known for it’s ability to immerse people in the culture of Hawaii, and also to help just about anyone relax.  When you vacation on Molokai, you really understand how to be on “Hawaii Time”.  It is also an outdoor lovers dream Hawaii vacation with spectacular hiking, diving, and other outdoor activities.  I will be writing more about these 2 islands later, stay tuned.

One of the best things about taking a Hawaii vacation on Maui, is that it can be all things to many diverse vacationers.  With all the different accommodation choices, it can fit any style of vacation.  From budget conscious, to the luxury resorts, Maui has it all.  From beachfront to tropical hideaways, you can accomplish your lodging goal here.  With weather that averages between 75 and 85 degrees year round, and resort areas that cater to sun worshippers, golfers, Spa goers, and foodies, Maui has more options than any other island in the chain.  For those that crave the cultural experiences, there are many unique experiences available on the island that was once the capital of The Hawaiian Kingdom.  In short, when you are researching your Hawaii vacation, Maui will continue to pop up in all your lists of places to stay, and activities you want.

I will be continuing this series on Maui, stay tuned.

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