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Updated: Jul 15, 2020
Which Hawaiian Island is maika'i loa?
I spent last week in Charlotte, NC at the beautiful Ballantyne Luxury Collection Hotel for a travel industry conference hosted by the Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneurs (GIFTE). The conference speakers gave presentations on various topics such as branding, marketing, and growth strategies. There was also an ample opportunity to network with other travel advisors and over 60 vendors. One of the conference sponsors was a company called The Hawaiian Islands. The photo above was taken at an event that they sponsored. I learned much more about the history, culture and sights of the six unique islands of Hawaii. So which island is maika'i loa, which means best in Hawaiian?
For me, it's Maui! I have visited Maui twice and I can't wait to go back again. It always lands at the top of travel polls in magazines like Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast. The beaches are amazing, the restaurants world-class and some of the most luxurious resorts in the world are located there.
Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island and its full of contrasts. White and black sand beaches and charming small towns along country roads that wind along the coast into the mountains. Haleakala National Park offers history and adventure. Lahaina is a seaside town to board your boat of choice for whale watching and snorkeling tours. It is also boasts 40 art galleries. Ka'anapali is known for its championship golf courses and the resort of Kapalua has an annual Wine and Food Festival each June. Molokini is a small volcanic crescent shaped crater two miles off the shore of Maui which is home to fish, eels, rays, turtles and lobsters where visibility is so good that you can see 100 feet to the seafloor. Upcountry Maui is located on the high elevations around the dormant volcano, Mt. Haleakala, and the fertile slopes are home to ranches, botanical gardens, organic farms and liquor distilleries with soaring views of the sea. The road to Hana has hairpin turns and narrow bridges that wind through rain forests and along seaside cliffs.
So, which is the best Hawaiian Island for you? Let's explore!
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