Captain Cook Discovers Hawaii in 1778

On January 18, 1778, the English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to travel to the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu. Two days later, he landed at Waimea on the island of Kauai and named the island group the Sandwich Islands, in honor of John Montague, who was [...]
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Maui Lockdown: Police Adopt Zero Tolerance & Residents Hunker Down

For all the talk about reopening Maui, the beaches are still only open for exercise. Stop and sit on a bench, and you'll get a ticket. Sit down anywhere, and you'll get a ticket. The Maui PD has adopted a zero-tolerance policy and if you're not actively exercising on the beach, you're getting a ticket. [...]
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What Maui Looks Like During Lockdown

Here are some videos of what Maui's been like for the past few weeks. Lahaina Front Street during the lockdown Map of the Lahaina area Whaler's Village Whaler's Village area map. Some great aerial video of the same area. A tour of Kihei and Wailea during lockdown. A map of the Kihei and Wailea area. [...]
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Maui Under Lockdown – A Video Update

Let's take a look around Maui and see what it's like under Covid-19. Life on Maui under Covid-19 Day 34 of Maui Lockdown, taken from the West Maui Forest Reserve Some photos of the 18,000 rental cars parked at the Maui airport. https://planetmaui.com/18000-parked-rental-cars-at-airport/ For more articles about Maui during the Covid-19 crisis, click here.
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Great Maui Waterfall Photos

Here's some more of the thousands of waterfalls you'll find on Maui. There are some 400 ft. high! Many you can see from your car, some of them require a short hike, and a few are only accessible by helicopter. Enjoy the virtual tour! Clicking on any photo will take you to the high-res version.
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A Virtual Escape to Maui

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Beautiful Maui Waterfall Photos

Here's some more pics of the thousands of waterfalls you'll find on Maui. Many you can see from your car, some of them require a short hike, and a few are only accessible by helicopter. Some are 400 ft. high! Enjoy the virtual tour. Clicking on any photo will take you to the high-res version. [...]
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Take a Virtual Walk Along the Beach in Wailea

Take a virtual walk in Wailea from the Andaz Resort to the Fairmont along the oceanfront path and the beach. You'll pass the Wailea Elua Village, the Wailea Beach Resort, the Grand Wailea, and the Four Seasons on your way. These are all top, 5-Star resorts on Maui. It's a wonderful life! Virtual Hike - [...]
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Great Maui Waterfall Photos

Here's a photo collection of just some of the thousands of waterfalls you'll find on Maui. Some are 400 ft. high! Many you can see from your car, some of them require a short hike, and a few are only accessible by helicopter. Enjoy the virtual tour! Clicking on any photo will take you to [...]
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Red Sands Beach, Hana

Black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park near Hana, on the road to Hana, gets all of the visitors and fame. But a lesser-known attraction, right in the heart of Hana, is Red Sand or Kaihalulu Beach, a pocket beach located on Kaihalulu Bay, one of only three red sand beaches in the world. It's [...]
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Photos of Kihei & the West Maui Mountains

Standing on Waipuilani Point and looking at the West Maui Mountains.

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Maui Video – Hiking Haleakala

Sunrise or Sunset at the summit of Haleakala? Both are awesome.

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Meanwhile, in Haleakala Crater

Haleakala crater is over 100,000 years old, and receives almost no rainfall. You never know what you might find when you go hiking there... Personally, I find it much easier to believe in a horse with a horn than the platypus or giraffe. My advice? Go with a guide.
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Maui Photo of the Day – West Maui Mountains

The West Maui Mountains, from the beach at Kihei. On the beach in Kihei
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Top 5 Favorite Maui Hikes

Maui offers fabulous hiking, from leisurely coastal paths to more challenging volcanic, rainforest, and mountain terrain. There are many top Maui hikes awaiting you! Whether a novice or an expert hiker, you’ll be rewarded on Maui’s trails with wonderful surprises like hidden waterfalls, lush forests, rare plants, native birds, and jaw-dropping views. There are numerous [...]
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