Hawaiian Airlines – 5 Interesting Places To Visit In Haleakala National Park, Maui

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Haleakala National Park and Beautiful Hana!

From the volcanic slopes of Haleakala, to the luxury resorts of Kaanapali, "The Valley Isle" blends the charm of the past with modern-day-excitement. Haleakala National Park is home to Maui's highest peak of the same name. Haleakala means, "house of the sun." Visitors flock to the park to see the magnificent not-to-be-missed sunrise.

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Cliff Dive Ceremony
As sunset approaches, get a front-row seat for this ceremony at the Cliff Dive Grill overlooking the sea. As a lei-bedecked youth lights torches throughout the hotel, a narrator takes you back in time to the 18th century, when Maui’s King Kahekili proved his courage and prowess by making numerous dives from the adjacent 40-foot promontory called Puu Kekaa (Black Rock).

Maui Ocean Center
With outdoor touch pools, interactive displays and a 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit with more than 2,000 fishes, it’s no wonder Maui Ocean Center in Wailuku is one of the island’s most popular attractions. About 400,000 people visit this $20 million state-of-the-art marine park every year, learning about the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtles or browsing the largest collection of live coral in the U.S.

Maui Pineapple Tours
Although pineapple is native to Brazil and Paraguay, it has become a Hawaiian icon. At one time, it ranked with sugar as the backbone of the Islands’ economy; since its heyday in the 1930s, however, production has dwindled to just two islands — Oahu and Maui, where Maui Gold Pineapple Company grows a variety that has been lauded for its sweetness, low acidity and juicy flesh. A tour of the 1,500-acre plantation, on the slopes of Haleakala volcano, covers the history of pineapple, cultivation techniques and what’s done to prepare the fruit for shipping.

Kaanapali Beach
The jewel of Kaanapali, a 1,200-acre resort community in West Maui, is its beach. This sparkling white sand beach stretches for three miles, with easy access from all the oceanfront hotels and resorts in this area. There are kiosks along the beach that rent out surfboards and other ocean gear and open-air restaurants where you can enjoy the view with a cocktail. Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock,

La Perouse Bay
Named for the French explorer who mapped the southern cape of Maui, this bay — Keoneoio in Hawaiian — is the gateway to six miles of South Maui’s pristine coastline. The island’s most recent volcanic activity took place here, and the area includes historical remains of ancient Hawaiian fishing villages, heiau (Hawaiian temples), salt pans, unique anchialine pools, and native coastal plants. A pod of spinner dolphins frequent this bay, which is full of fish, green sea turtles, and other marine life. The snorkeling, swimming, fishing, and kayaking are exceptional here.