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Ten good reasons why Maui the wowiest of Hawaiian Islands

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My husband Richard and I visit Hawaii as often as we can, while we enjoy all the islands, Maui has remained etched in our hearts since our first visit more than two decades ago. “Why,” friends ask, “do you love it so much?” There is no simple answer but here are 10 good reasons:

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1. Magical, mesmerizing sunrises over Haleakala.

2. Rainbows that seem to appear on cue welcoming you to the island, during your stay and when you leave.

3. The ability to be as isolated or civilized as you desire with miles of soft sand beaches yet everything from ultra swank shopping (Wailea) to a very popular Costco, (especially for condo owners and renters) a Walmart, ABC Stores, and of course the boutique-lined Front Street of Lahaina.

4. Lodgings for every budget from ultra-extravagant Andaz and Four Seasons Resorts, outrageously gorgeous condos at Kaanapali Alii and the like to bed and breakfasts.

5. Restaurants for all tastes and pocketbooks, almost everyone good, some exceptional.

6. Endless watersports and activities for everybody from kite surfing to horseback riding and much more.

7. A kinder, gentler people who genuinely welcome you to their island, especially those in Hana Maui and Upcountry.

8. A style of life that marches to a different drummer where you can stay in a swimsuit or sarong., sandals or thongs all day and night. No ties, no pretentions, just casual, relaxed with a Mai Tai type vibe.

9. Pretty much free parking at restaurants and some hotels.

10. Enchanting sunsets seemingly painted on a Gauguin-esque sky.

Maui is an island paradise where you can simply sit back and enjoy life from a lanai (balcony) overlooking the ocean or mountains, or get out and go touring, hiking, biking, to luaus, shops, parks and other islands by boat or plane.

Going to Maui

Maui has it all. It's ideal for couples young and old, honeymooners of all ages, families (especially the condos) and even singles who want to be alone but meet people.

Almost all flights lead to Maui either nonstop from Los Angeles (certain times of the year) on Hawaiian Airlines (*****), United (*), Delta (*****) or Alaska (***), or through Honolulu. Unless you plan some time in Oahu, it’s best to opt for a non-stop as it’s quicker and obviously you don’t have to change planes and terminals.

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