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Franko's Guide Map of Maui
This is THE Things to See and Do Map of Maui. With over 150 captions of the sights, scenes and must-do's of Maui, Franko's Guide Map of Maui is practically a book. Millions of people love Maui and consider it their favorite vacation spot, and this special map of Maui shows you why. Maui is truly magnificent. Franko shows you favorite snorkeling spots, where to windsurf, what beaches to visit, what scenic drives to take, and all kinds of superb information to educate you about Maui. In fact, Franko's Guide Map of Maui is so full of information that the locals also use it, to learn all about their favorite island paradise.
Side one of Franko's Guide Map of Maui shows Maui in perfect and beautiful shaded relief as if you are looking at it from far above. The slopes of Haleakala and the steep valleys of the West Maui Mountains stand out against the green lowlands and coast. Look close enough and you will note that where there are sandy beaches, the color of sand appears along the shoreline. Maui's favorite snorkeling, surfing, bodyboarding, scuba diving, ocean kayaking, windsurfing, big game sportfishing, whale watching, helicopter tours, bicycling, horseback riding, hiking, driving, golfing, museums, Hawaii State Parks, National Parks and numerous places to visit and explore are located and described. You will not run out of things to do on Maui! There are close-up details of the Lahaina to Kapalua area, the Kahului and Airport details, and the Ma'alaea to Makena details are saved for side two of Franko's Guide Map of Maui, but this side of the map has dozens and dozens of things to see and do. Side one of Franko's Guide Map of Maui includes the following captions:
OLOWALU is Maui's top shore dive snorkeling site, and it is also visited daily by many Lana'i snorkeling excursions as a second dive spot to view tropical fishes as well as green sea turtles, and occasional spinner dolphins. Scuba further from beach via a channel in the reef. OLOWALU surfing is a nice beach break with lefts and rights in south swells, but it is crowded with locals.
CORAL GARDENS Scuba dive to 35' (11m) depth via boat 1/2 Mi (0.8 Km) north of Pali Tunnel. Popular snorkeling site on south end beyond beach. It is a rich coral reef with a wide variety of tropical fish, moray eels and green sea turtles. This serves as a Molokini tour boat alternate dive site when windy.
HONOKOHAU BAY This bay is sometimes dived via a pebbly beach entry. It is usually a calm bay in the summer, but from October to April there can be a heavy right surf break at the point over a hazardous sharp coral bottom.
JAWS (PEAHI) - THE big wave spot of Maui competes with Oahu for fame with some of the largest waves ever ridden by surfers towed in by a waverunner. Sorry, but there is zero public beach access.
WINDMILLS Winter NW swells make super hollow left barrels, to 20'+ similar to Pipeline. Lefts called "Razor Reef", rights called "The Rock” because of killer razor coral bottom, and rocks. This is dangerous surfing for experts only!
THE ROAD TO HANA - Maui's most famous scenic highway is called "The world's most beautiful drive". This is a very long, curvy road that demands many stops to enjoy the fabulous Hawaiian scenery. It takes all day to go both ways. Hana Highway is an adventure through tropical rainforests, with the ocean on one side and thundering waterfalls, fragrant ginger and fruit laden guava trees on the other side. Take your time, stop and swim in the cool mountain stream pools and take lots of pictures of what Maui looked like before urbanization.
HALEAKALA DOWNHILL 37 miles of downhilling from 10,000 feet elevation to sea level. Make sure you have good brakes!
PI'ILANI HWY is not paved from KA'EHO'EHO to NU'U and is sometimes impassible. But this is a fabulously scenic route from The Pools of O'heo to Kahului.
KAHEKILI HIGHWAY Off the beaten track, this narrow road takes you to a different side of Maui where the ocean charges into the shore and the old Hawaiian village of KAHAKULOA looks much as it did a century ago. This picturesque village is nestled between two hills with colorful old houses surrounding a white church with red-tiled roof and vibrant green taro patches in the distance. The road is paved, but very narrow.
LAHAINA TOWN Take a walk back in history to the 1800s when whalers roamed the streets and missionaries labored to “save” the Hawaiians by bringing them the Word. Well preserved historical sites, thanks to the Lahaina Restoration Society. Side map side 2 for details.
HOP OVER TO LANA'I Take a day excursion to Lana'i, once the world's largest pineapple plantation, now home to two swank resorts, via the 45-minute Lahaina-Lana'i Passenger Ferry, which leaves Lahaina Harbor to Manele Bay for the 9-mile crossing five times a day. (800) 695-2624 or (808) 661-3756 www.go-lanai.com.
TRAVEL TO MOLOKA'I FOR THE DAY The 100-foot Molokai Princess, with gyro stabilizers for a smooth ride, has daily passenger ferry service from the Lahaina Harbor to Kaunakakai Wharf. The Maui to Moloka'i ride takes about 90 minutes. (800) 275-6969 or (808) 667-6165 www.mauiprincess.com
HO'OKIPA PARK The windsurfing capital of the world. Windsurfer watching is great from the grassy bluff next door. Ho'okipa is also Maui's most consistent surf spot year-round, with miles of lava and reefs for numerous great surf breaks.
FAVORITE HIKES: Hiking in Haleakala The weather at 10,000 feet changes suddenly. Come prepared for cool temperatures (27 degrees Fahrenheit lower than at sea level), high winds, rain and even snow in winter.
Haleakala National Park: The easiest hike is the short Hosmer Grove Nature Trail, just inside Haleakala National Park. For a challenge, hike into the Haleakala Crater a mile or two down the Sliding Sands Trail. The Halemau'u Trail to Holua Cabin and back is 16 miles round trip.
Kipahulu: There are great trails in the Kipahulu end of Haleakala National Park. An easy family hike is the half-mile loop Kaloa Point Trail, which leads toward the ocean along pools and waterfalls from the ranger station. An adventurous 4-mile hike takes you to the 181-foot Makahiku Falls and the 400-foot Waimoku Falls. Beware of flash-floods.
Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area: An easy 5-mile well-marked trail winds through the trees in the high altitude in the crisp air of upper Kula.
Hana - Waianapanapa Coastal Trail: An easy 6-mile hike along a shore-line trail. Go early before the sun heats up the black lava.
Keanae Arboretum: An easy 2-mile hike through well marked wonderland of botanicals and forest. Bring a swim suit and mosquito repellent.
Guided Hikes: For a guided adventure, contact Hike Maui at (808) 879-5270 www.hikemaui.com. Or contact Latatudes and Adatudes at (808) 661-7720 www.ecomaui.com
HORSEBACK RIDING Numerous places to saddle up and ride on Maui, include inside Haleakala crater via Pony Express Tours. (808) 667-2200 or (808) 878-6698 www.ponyexpresstours.com. At the edge of the Upcountry rainforest near Makawao your family can ride at adventurous Pi'iholo Ranch. Call (808) 367-5544. At Ulupalakua Ranch you can enjoy the quiet beauty of Maui and leave the crowds behind at Makena Stables. (808) 879-0244 www.makenastables.com
'IAO VALLEY Just outside of Wailuku lies this steep and beautiful valley. A basalt monolith called the 'Iao Needle juts straight up like a skyscraper. Running through the lush valley, the 'Iao Stream, is the scene of one of the bloodiest battles in Hawaiian history: in 1790, King Kamehameha the Great and his warriors defeated the Maui warriors.
HAWAII NATURE CENTER Take the kids to this hands-on exploratorium on Hawaii's natural history, and enjoy a picnic at Kepaniwai Heritage Park next door. (808) 244-6500 www.hawaiinaturecenter.org.
ALEXANDER & BALDWIN SUGAR MUSEUM Former sugar-mill superintendent's home focuses on the history of sugar farming on Maui.
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK The “biggest” visitor attraction on Maui is this 10,023-foot “dormant” (not extinct) volcano. The drive up through the green Upcountry is worth it alone, but to peer into the inside of a volcano, which is big enough to hold Manhattan, at 3,000 ft. deep 7.5 miles long and 2.5 miles wide, is an otherworldly experience.
SUNRISE ATOP HALEAKALA Some claim a spiritual experience watching the first light come across the Pacific to the top of the volcano. Bring plenty of warm clothes as morning temps in the 30s and 40s are common.
THE POOLS OF OHE'O (locally named the "Seven Sacred Pools",in the late 1940's by a Hotel Hana-Maui social director), are now a part of Haleakala National Park. This wonderful rest-and-play stop, a few miles beyond Hana, is THE destination of many who travel the Road to Hana. The pools are a scenic and fun stop before turning around and driving back, or before continuing on via the Pi'ilani Highway. Hike to the famous waterfalls or climb over slippery rock to huge swimming holes with cliff jumps, where the brave make a big, cool splash. After the long drive to Hana, make sure to visit this wonderful place. Be aware of a flash flood danger.
MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION This working plantation, located near Waikapu, grows the tropical fruits which have made Maui famous, including pineapple, sugar cane and papaya. The best way to view the plantation is via a 40-minute narrated tram ride around fields. (808) 451-6805
PARASAILING For a bird's eye view of the Maui coast line, sign up for parasailing, a hybrid of parachuting and water-skiing, where you float through the air, suspended under a large parachute attached by a towline to a speedboat. Parasailing tours are usually suspended during whale season, which is December through April.
BIG GAME SPORTFISHING Marlin (as big as 1200 lb.), tuna, ono, and mahi mahi are caught in the waters surrounding Maui. Maui has some of the best big game fishing in the world. For a private or shared charter with the best of the Maui skippers, call Capt. Kevin Hogan at 874-8633 out of Ma'alaea, or Capt. Dave Hudson at 661-0338 out of Lahaina Harbor.
WHALE WATCHING Hawaii's favorite visitors, the humpback whales, start arriving in the islands as early as November, but you'll most likely see them between December and late April. A great place for spotting the giant leviathans is Papawai Point, along the Honoapi'ilani Highway (Route 30), just outside Ma'alaea in West Maui. Snorkeling tours from Kihei to Molokini or from Lahaina to Lana'i almost always spot humpbacks during whale season.
SEE MAUI FROM A HELICOPTER For an experience that will live with you forever, see Maui from the air in a helicopter. Not only will you glide over inaccessible remote canyons and waterfalls but you'll come away with a real appreciation of the geology and geography of "The Valley Isle". Check out “Blue Hawaiian” (800) 745-2583 or www.bluehawaiian.com.
MOLOKINI ISLAND Tour boats take snorkelers and scuba divers to one of the world's most fabulous dive spots inside this 1/4 Mi wide (400m) crater. Contact any tour desk on Maui.
MAUI ATV TOURS Kick up some Maui dirt while enjoying acres of scenic Upcountry Ranchland. At Ulupalakua Ranch call Maui ATV Tour at (808) 878-2889 www.mauiatvtours.com. For Haleakala Ranch, contact Haleakala ATV Tours (808) 661-0288 www.atvmaui.com.
TEDESCHI VINEYARDS AND WINERY On the grounds of Ulupalakua Ranch you will find Maui's only commercial winery. Stop by the tasting room to sample an array of locally grown wines. (808) 878-6058 or www.mauiwine.com.
KO'OLAU FOREST RESERVE This lush rainforest gets 70 inches of rain per year along the coast and up to 300 inches a year up in the mountains.
HUELO On a blind curve on mile marker 4 on the Hana Highway is the turn off for the almost forgotten community of Huelo. Once sporting a huge population, today only a few hundred live in the handful of homes and bed and breakfast places overlooking the windswept ocean. One reason to visit this remote region is the historic 1853 Kaulanapueo Church, an excellent preserved sample of New England architecture transferred to Hawaii.
KA'AIEA BRIDGE As you approach mile marker 7, a grove of tall, graceful bamboo will knock your socks off. Wait until after the 7 mile marker where a pull-out area will allow you to get out, pull up your socks, and take photos.
WAIKAMOI RIDGE TRAIL This tiny state “wayside” area, at the 9-mile marker, not only has restrooms, picnic tables, a pavilion and a barbecue area, but also an easy _ mile round trip walk.
KAUMAHINA STATE WAYSIDE If you need a pit stop around the 12 mile marker, this park has restrooms and a picnic area and some great views of the dramatic coastline.
HONOMANU BAY BEACH If the waves are pumping, turn off at mile marker 14 into this black-sand beach and watch the surfers. Note: Strong currents offshore.
KEANAE ARBORETUM Shortly after mile marker 16 is a cornucopia of Hawaii's botanical world. Hike along the trail into the valley or swim in the pools of the Pi'ina'au Stream.
KE'ANAE PENINSULA Picture-postcard old Hawaiian village, with great ocean lookout, an 1860 stone church, and acres of green taro, a Hawaiian staple, which is pounded into poi.
WAILUA VALLEY STATE WAYSIDE PARK For a great photo opportunity of Ke'anae Valley and the Wailua Peninsula, stop here just before mile marker 19. If you are lucky, the clouds will part and give you a spectacular view up the mountain to the Ko'olau Gap.
PUA'A KA'A STATE WAYSIDE PARK Between mile markers 22 and 23, pull into this park (with restrooms, phone and picnic area) for a quick walk to the waterfall and swimming hole.
WAIANAPANAPA STATE PARK At mile marker 32, a lush tropical park appears with a black sand beach, sea cliffs, lava tubes, hiking trails, camping picnicking, and cabins.
TWIN FALLS The first of many hikes on the Hana Highway. Banana bread and fruits from the labors of the locals can be purchased at a little stand at the start of the trail.
MAUI CAVE ADVENTURES Walk-thru Ka'eleku Caves, naturally ornate lava tubes. (808) 248-7308 www.mauicave.com
KAHANU GARDENS The biggest draw to this tropical botanical garden is the PI'ILANIHALE HEIAU, Hawaii's largest ancient Heiau (temple) at 340 feet by 415 feet, with 50 feet tall walls, to 10 feet thick, dating to the 1500's. (808) 248-8912 www.ntbg.org.
LINDBERGH'S GRAVE A mile past The Pools of 'Ohe'o, in the quaint graveyard of the Palapala Ho'omau Church, is the resting place of aviator Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974), the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (1927).
KAUPO STORE Literally in the middle of nowhere lies this tiny general store. Great place to stop for cold drinks and snacks. (808) 248-8054.
SAIL TO LANA'I Numerous snorkeling tours depart from Lahaina Harbor and head to Lanai's beautiful reefs. Trilogy offers an all-day catamaran sail from Lahaina with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snorkel, swim and beach comb at Hulopoe Beach, or take optional Jeep safaris, zodiac rides or eco-adventure kayaking. Children's programs available. Dolphin encounters and whale watching in season. Contact Trilogy at (808) 661-4734 or www.sailtrilogy.com.
SNORKELING The number 1 activity on Maui is snorkeling. Maui's best snorkeling beaches include Olowalu, Fleming Beach, Kapalua Beach, Black Rock, Ka'anapali Beach (in front of the Sheraton), along the whole Kihei coastline, especially at Kamaole 3 Beach Park, along the Wailea coastline, particularly at Ulua Beach, Ahihi Cove, La Perouse Bay, and Molokini Island. Mornings are best.
SURFING & BODYBOARDING Depending on the time of the year, and the direction of the waves, some of Maui's best surfing and bodyboarding beaches are Mokule'ia, Lahaina, Ma'alaea, La Perouse, Paukukalo, Sprecklesville, Baldwin, Kuau, Hookipa, Jaws (only for the top tow-in experts), Hana and Hamoa. If you want to try this ancient Hawaiian sport of he'e nalu (wave sliding), try Nancy Emerson School of Surfing in Lahaina, (808) 244-SURF or www.surfclinics.com
SCUBA DIVING Maui is so full of world-class diving that Franko's Dive & Surf Map of Maui is devoted to describing dozens of dive sites. Molokini, a marine-life park, is one of Hawaii's top dive spots. This 1/4-mile crescent-shaped crater has all levels of diving inside the crater, plus advanced drift diving along a sheer wall on the outside of the crater that drops to 350 feet. Water visibility at Molokini often exceeds 200 feet.
WINDSURFING Maui has Hawaii's best windsurfing beaches. In winter Ho'okipa Beach is the site of several world championship contests. Kanaha, west of Kahului Airport, also has dependable trade winds. In the summer, Kihei is the spot to be. Contact: Hawaiian Island Surf and Sport in Kahului at (800) 231-6958 or (808) 871-4981, or see www.hawaiianisland.com.
OCEAN KAYAKING Silently glide through Maui's waters, paddling with ocean kayaks to areas you otherwise can't get to up-close and personal. If you are a beginner, the guy to see is Dino Ventura at Makena Kayak Tours, who loves introducing neophytes to this easy sport during his 2-1/2 hour tour to his favorite spots off Makena Landing. (877) 879-8426 or (808) 879-8426.
BICYCLING Maui is known for its famous “downhill cruise,” a 37 mile all downhill ride from the top of 10,000 foot Haleakala to sea level. Plenty of tour operators offer this exciting adventure. A favorite sunrise tour is by Maui Downhill (800) 535-BIKE or (808) 871-2155. Road Riding on the Highway 30 bike path is excellent, especially on the West side.
PA'IA Formerly a bustling sugar mill town, now filled with chic eateries, trendy shops and buff windsurfers who take advantage of the tradewinds at Ho'okipa Park. Last chance to shop before Hana.
HANA The destination of the famous Road to Hana is the most isolated town in Hawaii. Its location gives Hana a true "Old Hawaii" feel.
HAMOA BEACH A beautiful black sand beach with facilities run by the Hotel Hana-Maui.
HANA BAY A local beach park with boat shelter and fabulous plate lunches.
ALII KULA LAVENDER GARDEN Sip delicious Lavender Tea and enjoy Upcountry panorama and special tours. (808) 878-8090
UPCOUNTRY MAUI A Hawaii like you can't imagine lies on the slopes of Haleakala, where cowboys, farmers, ranchers, and other country people make their homes in neighborly communities like Makawao, Kula, and Ulupalakua. Maui's vegetable patch, you'll see a lush landscape of lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, and flowers.
MAKAWAO An authentic and old Hawaiian cowboy town. Here you will find urban yuppie boutiques, healthy restaurants & new-age services, right next door to a country store with hitching posts for your pony. Home of the Makawao rodeo on the 4th of July.
ZIPLINE ADVENTURE Hike through the forest, then sail through the trees on ziplines with Skyline Eco Adventures. (808) 878-8400 www.skylinehawaii.com. Haleakala ATV Tours is located here.
ENCHANTING FLORAL GARDENS Enchanting 8 acres at 2500 feet elevation with 2000 species of exotic plants and flowers.
MAUI GOLF COURSESKAPALUA Three championship courses include the Bay Course, the Village Course, & the Plantation Course, home of the PGA Mercedes Championship. (808) 669-8044KA'ANAPALI The Ka'anapali Golf Club has two championship courses, including the Ka'anapali North Course and the Ka'anapali South Course. (808) 661-3691SANDALWOOD Located in central Maui, the Sandalwood Golf Course has fabulous Haleakala views and a great clubhouse. (808) 242-4653WAIEHU Located in central Maui, the Waiehu Golf Course is a public municipal course with superb ocean and mountain views. (808) 243-7400MAUI COUNTRY CLUB Located in Central Maui, the Maui Country Club is a private course with ocean and mountain views. (808) 877-0616PUKALANI Located in Maui's Upcountry, the Pukalani County Club is a scenic course with great local style food in its clubhouse. (808) 572-1314ELLAIR Located in South Maui, Ellair (formerly called Silversword), is the choice for golfers seeking relief from high-price golfing. (808) 874-0777WAILEA Three spectacular golf courses at Wailea Golf Club include the Blue Course (808) 875-5155, the Gold Course and the Emerald Course, (808) 875-5111THE DUNES AT MAUI LANI Located on the Kuihelani Hwy (380) just outside of Kahului, this is a wonderful public golf course. (808) 873-0422MAKENA Two gorgeous championship golf courses are at the Makena Golf Club, including the South Course and the North Course (808) 879-3344
Side two of Franko's Guide Map of Maui depicts Maui's things to see and do in a series of four beautiful close-ups. These Maui zoom-ins include Lahaina to Kapalua Detail, Kahului and Airport Area, Ma'alaea to Makena Detail, and Lahaina Town. The details were actually traced from high resolution government aerial phots, so they are extremely accurate depictions of the coast and towns, and even the hotels and buildings. The Lahaina to Kapalua Detail includes the resorts and places of interest from Honolua Bay, with its notably wonderful snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing, all the way down the coast through Kapalua, Napili, Kahana, Honokowai, Ka'anapali, and Lahaina. Each golf course is also shown. Even the scenic and fun Lahaina to Ka'anapali Sugar Cane Train is shown. This map detail within Franko's Guide Map of Maui shows the viewer a complete guide to this area, also known as “West Maui”. The captions of this detail include the following:
HONOLUA BAY Classic hollow right point surfbreak peels into bay on west or north swells Oct. thru April. In summer, beach is great for scuba diving and snorkeling to 30' (9m) depth or just for hanging out. Scuba north side of bay, snorkel on south side. Marine Reserve.
MOKULE'IA BAY Snorkel or beginner scuba diving to 40' (12m) depth. Best diving on south side of bay at small reef and across sand. Marine Reserve.
HONOLUA STORE Within the Kapalua Resort, is the last of the old time plantation stores on Maui. Today it is known for its fabulous plate lunches, picnic provisions, resort products and postcards. Say "Hi!" to Lani.
KAPALUA BAY & BEACH Certainly one of the World's nicest beaches. Good snorkeling and scuba diving spot, especially on the northeast reefs. Many tropical fishes and turtles. Caution: Strong currents offshore.
AIR TOURS Daily departures from Kapalua West Maui Airport and Kahului Airport. Tour Maui or circumnavigate the Big Island to see the active volcano, Kilauea. Maui Air has airplanes and helicopters. (808) 877-5500 or www.volcanoairtours.com
S-TURNS - Mellow coral reef break is a superb surf spot for beginners and longboarders from Oct. - Apr., but it is flat in summer. Popular for non-hardcore surfers.
KAHEKILI BEACH (OLD AIRPORT BEACH) Easy beach dive is popular scuba lessons site. Excellent snorkeling over big, shallow reef to 20 ft. deep. All facilities available.
BLACK ROCK Shallow easy beach dive with an amazing array of fish, and green sea turtles. Beach is convenient to the Sheraton Hotel and Royal Lahaina. Free torch lighting and cliff dive in front of Sheraton each evening. All kinds of amenities and conveniences are available.
KA'ANAPALI BEACH The pride of Maui's very first world class resort. Snorkeling, swimming, sunning, and beach combing at "America's Best Beach". To see Ka'anapali from the ocean, sail right from the beach aboard Trilogy. Day sailing adventures offer breakfast and lunch, with visits to two snorkeling sites. Afternoon sunset sails also available. (808) 661-4734 or www.sailtrilogy.com
WHALER'S VILLAGE Nightlife spot with open air mall and fine dining. Fabulous beach. Free Whaler's Village Museum has artifacts and history related to 1800's Lahaina whalers.
KA'ANAPALI PT. (KP's) Beginner and tourist surfspot with waves that break in north, south or big west swell. Rentals of boogeyboards and surf boards at the Hyatt Hotel.
CEMETERY Excellent beginner snorkeling spot loaded with colorful fish. Calm swimming area.
ATLANTIS SUBMARINE Explore the underwater world - Jules Verne style - in a genuine submarine that plunges beneath the waves, while you stay dry in air conditioned comfort. Departs from Lahaina Harbor. (808) 667-2224 www.atlantisadventures.com
SNORKEL TOURS Lahaina Harbor is the home port for many tour boats to take snorkelers and scuba divers to fabulous reefs along Lana'i, to Molokini's rich waters, and to Olowalu, where sighting green sea turtles is almost a 100% guarantee.
SUNSET DINNER CRUISE Departures from Lahaina Harbor for romantic sailing and brilliant Maui sunsets. Spirit of Lahaina (808)662-4477 www.spiritoflahaina.com
LAHAINA BREAK WALL SURFING Beautiful long left break in front of jetty when summer south swells roll in. Inside break is perfect for beginners on longboards.
LAHAINALUNA Hawaii's first missionary seminary (1834), and later Hawaii's first high school. Hale Pali became printing press for Hawaii's first newspaper & also printed currency in 1834.
THE LAHAINA KA'ANAPALI & PACIFIC RAILROAD The "SUGAR CANE TRAIN" is a reconstructed narrow gauge train track running from Victorian style train stations at Lahaina and Ka'anapali. The conductor tells stories and describes the sites and sings as the open-sided train chugs six miles past cane fields and over trestles. There is also an evening dinner train. (808) 667-6851 www.sugarcanetrain.com
The second detail on Franko's Guide Map of Maui side two is that of Kahului and the Airport Area. Kahului is Maui's biggest town, but it is not the hottest for tourism. However, nearly all who come to Maui come through Kahului via its international airport. Kahului is like the hub of a spoked wheel in that the spokes radially go out to all other locations in Maui. The Road to Hana starts here, as do the routes to Lahaina, Kihei, Iao Valley, Haleakala and Kahakuloa Village all head out of Kahului.
This map also locates the Maui Mall, which locates Longs Drugs, Star Market, and the Paper Airplane Museum. You can also find the Maui Marketplace, which has Lowes, Borders Books, The Sports Authority, Office Max, and many other familiar and necessary big stores. Nearby, you can find K-Mart and Costco. A pair of well-known golf courses may be found on this detail of Kahului, and they are the Dunes at Maui Lani and the Waiehu Golf Course. Museums in the area that appear on the Kahului map are the Bailey House Museum, and the A&B Sugar Museum. This map also focuses on Kahului Bay and Kahului Harbor, which is the location of a major curise ship pier.
The third detail on Franko's Guide Map of Maui side two is the Ma'alaea to Makena Detail, which shows a close-up from just beyond the Maui Ocean Center all the way down the west-facing south shore of Maui to the lovely La Perouse Bay. At La Perouse, you will note the at in 1795 this flank of the great Haleakala volcano awoke form its dormancy a spewed hundreds of acres of lava down to the sea. This eruption created a few acres of new land, similar to what is continuously going on at Kilauea on the Big Island at this time. All of the resorts and hotels and tourist spots are shown on this detailed map. The golf courses shown include many famous ones, such as the Makena Golf Courses, and the Wailea Golf Courses. Of course, a sourth Maui map must also detail the wonderful and favorite snorkeling and scuba diving site of Molokini Island. Molokini is a must-do experience. The details on this map include descriptions of favorite things to see and do including the following:
MAUI OCEAN CENTER Not to be missed, the largest aquarium in Hawaii features a walk-thru aquarium where fish swim all around you. See graceful eagle-rays, butterflyfishes, surgeonfish, triggerfish, colorful corals, and many other wonders of the sea. Call (808) 270-7000, or www.mauioceancenter.com.
MA'ALAEA HARBOR Many whale watching cruises, sportfishing charters and Molokini snorkeling tours depart from this harbor.
PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION Humpback whale watching begins before Christmas and goes to early May. The area between Maui and Lana'i is called "Humpback Highway". The Pacific Whale Foundation at Ma'alaea Harbor Village offers whale watching cruises from Ma'alaea and Lahaina Harbors. (808) 249-8811 or www.pacificwhalefoundation.com
KAMAOLE BEACH PARKS Beach entries at either of 3 beaches for excellent beginner scuba and snorkeling. Coral covered lava outcroppings separate the 3 beaches Beaches have facilities, lifeguards and picnicking. Nice beaches for sunning.
WAILEA COAST NATURE TRAIL A 1 _-mile paved shoreline path from the Wailea Marriott to just beyond the Fairmont Kea Lani takes you by native plants, old Hawaiian habitats, and a billion dollars worth of luxury hotels. You can pick up the trail at any of the resorts or from clearly marked “SHORELINE ACCESS” points along the coast.
KIHEI SMALL BOAT LAUNCH RAMP Boats depart for Molokini trips from this launch ramp.
ULUA BEACH & MOKAPU BEACH Fabulous scuba or snorkeling via beach entry at either beach. Shallow inner reef for snorkeling, outer reef for scuba. Notably good night diving. This may be Maui's best reef for fish viewing, and the best beginner site.
WAILEA BEACH & POLO BEACH Beach entry at either beach. Large reef at Polo to 30' (9m) deep, best for snorkelers, Wailea goes to 50' (15m) deep, for scuba.
TURTLE TOWN Rocky entry at Nahuna Point (below gravesite) for experienced divers, or easy entry at Makena Bay (by restrooms). This is a common second dive spot for tour boats taking people to Molokini. There are many caves and coral heads with lots of reef fish, eels, octopi and of course, green sea turtles.
MAKENA LANDING Hard to believe that this tiny beach park with boat launch, showers, toilet and picnic tables was once the site where cattle were tied to boats and swum to ships offshore. The generally calm waters are terrific for kayaking and snorkeling.
MAKENA BEACH One of Maui's most famous beaches, Big Beach has bodysurfing on a hard shorepound, but when calm it has superb snorkeling, plus acres of sandy beach for tanning. Caution: Makena Beach is prone to strong currents and big south swells in summer. Little Beach is notable for all-over tanning (yes, the sunbathers get naked there). Mahus like Onouli.
MOLOKINI ISLAND Tour boats take snorkelers and scuba divers to one of the world's most fabulous dive spots inside this _ Mi wide (400m) crater. Inside crater swarms with fish like a huge, crystal clear aquarium. Divers can hear the whales singing in the winter and spring.
AHIHI COVE Rocky beach entry in calm, protected cove for some of Maui's best snorkeling. Corals, fishes, moray eels, starfish, urchins, sea shells. Within Marine Reserve.
LA PEROUSE BAY Diving from rocky shore to 50 ft. (15m) deep. Lava and corals protrude from white sandy bottom. Spinner dolphins tease divers. Surfing at the point in summer south swells creates fast, hollow left barrels that can go double overhead. Experts surfers only!
KO'IE'IE LOKO I'A The fishpond of South Maui's "Ali'i" (Royals). Dates to 150 AD. Good snorkeling in calm water even for youngsters.
KEALIA POND NATURAL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Self-guided tour of 700- acre U.S. Fish and Wildlife wetland preserve. Home to endangered Hawaiian stilts, coots, ducks, this is the place to see the hawksbill turtle, from July to Dec., when they come ashore to lay their eggs.(808) 875-1582.
The fourth close-up detail on side 2 of Franko's Guide Map of Maui is actually the main focus of this side of the map, because it shows a zoom-in on everyone's favorite spot - Laihaina Town. As of 2005 there are 62 numbered Lahaina Historical Sites to look out for on your walks or excursions around Lahaina Town. This map lists them all, and gives details of many of them, with a brief description and a locating number from 1 to 62 on the map itself, so that you can find them. Lahaina Town's favorite shopping / walking is shown in detail so that you can find everything from the Lahaina Cannery Mall to the grand and stately Banyan Tree, which shades over 1 acres of park, to all of the shopping centers and theaters in Lahaina Town. The detailed descriptions include the following:
LAHAINA CANNERY MALL Air conditioned mall features over 50 stores full of Hawaiian gifts, souvenirs, clothing, plus a grocery store, dive shop and a convenience shop. Delicious pineapple juice and hula shows are free. Pineapple Court has quality restaurants.
OLD LAHAINA LUAU Authentic entertainment, Hawaii's favorite dishes including mahi mahi, kalua pig, chicken long rice, as well as other options for picky eaters. The atmosphere is pure Aloha, and the shows are nearly as spectacular as Maui's sunsets. Reservations are required! (808) 667-1998 www.oldlahainaluau.com.
Jodo Mission & Buddha Statue: Statue marks 100th anniversary of Japanese plantation laborers arrival (1868). Has largest Buddha outside of Japan.
HILO HATTIE Largest retailer of Hawaiian and island lifestyle products. A "Fun-One-Stop-Hawaiian-Shopping-Experience".
HALE KAHIKO Outdoor exhibit of ancient Hawaiian culture and lifestyle. Free!
LAHAINA CENTER Shopping center features excellent restaurants, ABC Store, a dive shop, coffee, clothing, jewelry and gift and souvenir shops.
U.S. Seamen's Hospital (1830's): Spot where Kamehameha befriended sailors. Became hospital for sick and injured seamen in 1844, and then a school from 1864 until 1884.
LAHAINA ART GALLERIES Fine art galleries are found throughout Maui. Lahaina Town has many of Maui's best.
Sugar Cane Train Lahaina Station (location shown)
Wo Hing Temple Museum: Taoist temple resembles Victorian house. Served as clubhouse for Chinese.
LAHAINA YACHT CLUB This private club is reciprocal with all of the finest yacht clubs in the world. Great bar & galley.
SHOP FRONT STREET LAHAINA The best blocks of shopping fun anywhere in the state of Hawaii. Lots of places to get a great meal as well.
Master's Reading Room (1834): Reconstructed "Officer's Club" for whaling vessel masters.
Baldwin Home (1834): Remnant of medical missionary Dwight Baldwin's home.
Reverend Richard's House (1830's): Lahaina's 1st Protestant missionary, worked with Kamehameha III.
Hauola Stone: This stone was used as a healing place by ancient Hawaiians.
Brick Palace (1798): British-built as commanded by Kamehameha I. First western building in Hawaii.
King's Taro Patch: Old Lahaina waterways to grow taro.
Hale Pa'i (1831): Printing house of Lahainaluna Seminary. Now a public high school.
Maria Lanakila Church: First Roman Catholic mass in Hawaii. Built it 1846, rebuilt 1928.
Seamen's Cemetery: Herman Melville's cousin and shipmates buried here. Graves have eroded.
Hale Aloha (1853: "House of Love" in commemoration of God's causing Lahaina to escape the smallpox.
The Old Prison / Hale Pa'ahao (1850's): "Stuck-in-irons-house" is now a park setting.
Episcopal Cemetery: Burial sites of early Angelican Church after Queen Emma invited their missionaries.
Buddhist Church of the Shingon Sect: Japanese sugar plantation laborers.
The Lahaina Courthouse (1858): Former customs house, post office and police court with basement jail. Now houses Lahaina Visitors Center and gift shop.
Lahaina Arts Center in down-stairs, Lahaina Heritage Museum upstairs.
Banyan Tree (planted 1873): Shade of immense Indian tree covers over one acre.
Carthaginian Berth Pioneer Inn (1901): Once visited by sailors from whaling boats. Maui's only hotel until late 1950's. Pioneer Inn Bar & Grill
LAHAINA HARBOR At the activity booths you can sign up for snorkeling, "snuba" diving, scuba diving, sunset trips, sailing, dinner trips, underwater viewing, Lana'i ferry services, dolphin & whale watching. See www.hawaiifun.org
LAHAINA SAILING ADVENTURE Private or share, enjoy a six guest maximum sail off Lahaina with Capt. David and his 48 foot "Wahine Ra". (808) 661-3256
Fort on the Canal: Was a holding cell for rowdy sailors objecting to ban on native women visiting ships.
Government Market: Trade spot between early 1800's sailors and natives. Once called "Rotten Row."
Whaler's Canal: Once served to bring small boats safely to Lahaina. Filled in since 1913.
Episcopal Church (Founded in 1862, present building 1927): Altar painting of Hawaiian Madonna.
Luakini Street (1837) Funeral procession route of Princess Nahi'ena'ena after her tragic death.
David Malo's Home: Home of first Hawaiian scholar / philosopher who wrote "Hawaiian Antiquities".
Lahaina Aquatic & Recreation Center (location shown)
In addition to these four superb details of Maui's most important areas, Franko's Guide Map of Maui has one more detail, but it is a zoom-out, rather than a zoom-in. The chain of Hawaiian Islands is shown in a mini map right in the middle of side 2. It depicts Maui and the Kahului Airport as the hub of world travel, with distances to other Hawaiian islands, plus to the mainland USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Canada.
Warning: Studying Franko's Guide Map of Maui will cause you to go to Maui and enjoy yourself thoroughly. In some cases, it causes the viewer to return to Maui again and again.