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The Islands of Hawaii

Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau
Kelii Brown
Director of Public Relations and Promotions
(808) 244-3530

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2010


The three islands of Maui County, Maui Nui, create a synergy that is unique in Hawaii. The geographical relationship of Maui, Molokai and Lanai makes it possible to wake up on Maui, spend the day sailing and snorkeling off Lanai, and be back in time for a sunset luau on the beach at Wailea. Or you can hop aboard a ferry from Lahaina Harbor and explore Molokai’s east-end rainforest or tour the remote, historic Kalaupapa Peninsula. These inter-island adventures offer unique views of the islands, their coastlines, and their looming mountains from the grand Pacific Ocean.

Lanai is Maui County’s newest resort star. Formerly called the “Pineapple Island” for its rolling plantation fields, it is now famous for its two luxury hotels, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lodge at Koele and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, and their upland and seaside golf courses. From dining to accommodations, vacationers are drawn by Lanai’s curious mix of sophistication and rural charm.

There are no high rises on Lanai, and the tiny town of Lanai City as yet to see its first stoplight. It takes five minutes to walk across the center of town. The senior prom could be the biggest event of the year, and a rustic 11-room lodge is the oldest hotel on the island.  Recreational activities range from fishing, snorkeling and beachcombing to hiking, golf, archery, clay shooting and mountain biking.

One tour operator will rent you a Jeep to explore the island’s rugged terrain on your own, including a map and ice chest, or they’ll arrange for a guided tour of the island’s many natural attractions.

Like Lanai, Molokai is a world of its own. Its rural lifestyle and predominantly Native Hawaiian population have given this island the moniker “the most Hawaiian island.” A mere 30-minute flight from Oahu, Molokai appeals to those seeking an unhurried pace and raw natural beauty. The leeward slopes are scored with gulches. Along the north coast, sea cliffs drop to the ocean from more than 3,000 feet, and on the east end, ancient Hawaiian loko ia (fishponds) – some of the most sophisticated aquaculture complexes in the Pacific – come to life, stone by stone, in restoration projects. On the west side of the island, the
3-mile Papohaku Beach is one of the largest white-sand beaches in Hawaii.

The island’s activities are centered outdoors. You can visit a 500-acre coffee plantation, hike along a rugged trail, mountain bike down meandering paths, or kayak on the open ocean. On the northern coast, Kalaupapa National Historical Park is its own county, named Kalawao, a peninsula isolated from the rest of the island by cliffs that rise approximately 2,000 feet.

Among Molokai’s cultural activities is the annual Ka Hula Piko Festival, attracting hula aficionados from around the State and beyond. Molokai is known as the “birthplace of hula,” and this festival tells you why.


Keli‘i Brown
Maui Visitors Bureau
808-244-3530 Ext. 716