Maui

Kapalua is one of Hawaii’s most coveted luxury locations with beautiful white sand beaches, breathtaking cobalt Pacific Ocean views and radiant island sunsets. A natural paradise, Kapalua is a location without equal. It’s shoreline of five bays and three white sand beaches offers spectacular ocean vistas of the Auau Channel where the islands of Lanai and Molokai beckon across the water.

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Formed by a volcanic eruption over 230,000 years ago, Molokini is a crescent-shaped crater islet located in the Pacific Ocean between the Makena side of Maui and the Kahoolawe Island Reserve in Hawaii. Historical evidence illustrates that between 500 AD and the 1940s, Molokini was a popular point of interest among native Hawaiian fishers, but it was during World War II when this long standing economical source vanished. The United States Navy used Molokini for target practice because its shape was regarded as being somewhat similar to a battleship. After WWII, cleanup ensued, as the islet was later declared a Marine Life Conservation District in 1977.
Today, Molokini is a popular tourist destination for scuba diving and snorkelling, as the crescent shape protects divers from waves and the channel’s powerful currents. The crater is home to a lush coral reef and to over 250 marine species, which most commonly includes black triggerfish, yellow tang, Moorish idol, parrotfish, raccoon butterflyfish, bluefin trevally, whitetip reef sharks, and moray eels.

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Regarded as the sunniest part of Maui, Kama’ole Beach Park is situated in Kihei, divided up into three sections. As seen from this satellite view, from top to bottom, Kamaole Beach Park II and III are separated by Liilioholo, a cape park area. The first beach is also separated by a cape where the Royal Mauian, Kamaole Nalu Oceanfront Resort, and The Hale Pau Hana reside as a destination for vacationers to enjoy beachfront access where spectacular Hawaiian sunsets take form. Visitors here also enjoy suntanning and sharing the waters with a large turtle population native to the area, where coral reefs make for fascinating snorkelling excursions.

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Stretching 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long south of Wailea, Big Beach, also known by the names of Makena Beach and Oneloa Beach, is regarded as one of the most outstanding Hawaiian State beaches on the Island of Maui. The scenic tropical beach is a popular destination for weddings, swimming, suntanning, and bodyboarding. The “Makena cloud” that stretches from the top of Haleakalā, or East Maui Volcano, to Kahoʻolawe Island is often overhead, cooling the soft golden sand below.

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If your to-do list is longer than the Magna Carta, and your last vacation was during the Clinton administration, you are seriously overdue for a relaxing getaway. Fortunately, there are plenty of beautiful places in the United States and Canada that are beckoning you to come visit and unwind.

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