Aloha! The 2019 Clute International Conferences in Maui, Hawaii, the Aloha state, is right around the corner. We are looking forward to seeing you there. We are getting the conference programs ready and a packing our beach bags to enjoy the island beaches! Our Maui conference will be another outstanding trip and stimulating conference experience. Check in early to join the Welcome Reception where you can socialize, snack, and meet conference attendees, including the esteemed Clute Institute Director, Diane Pielat-Clute and other Clute Institute staff.
Aloha is the most common Hawaiian word and means, hello as well as goodbye. Aloha has spiritual symbolism associations with the presence of breath or “the breath of life.” Aloha is also a way of living and treating the self with love and respect and then spreading that same respect and love outward to live in harmony with others. Maui is the island known for 120 miles of coastline and over 30 miles of stunning beaches. Maui is the 17th largest island in the United States and the second largest island in the State of Hawaii. Maui is also called the “Valley Isle” because of the narrow piece of land, otherwise known as an ‘isthmus’ which separates the northwestern and southeastern volcanic masses.
Maui is known for watching Humpbacks whales that are often seen migrating in the waters off the island. The town of Lahaina holds historical significance and was once known as the first capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Much of Hawaii’s economic history can be linked back to whaling, plantations and missionaries. The Lahaina Historic Trail is a wonderful place to self-guide through the historic landmark and view sites such as the Baldwin home of Protestant missionaries from the 1830’s and the Wo Hing Temple and the Lanaina Jodo Mission that highlights the influence of Chinese and Japanese immigration in Maui.
After the conference is a great time to discover the vast beauty of the island, historical sites, and natural wonders of this must-see destination. Maui offers local access to beautiful white, black, and red sand beaches that are famous for surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Many beaches are easily accessible can come equipped with parks, lifeguards, picnic facilities and restrooms while other beaches are more remote, do not provide public amenities, but offer a more isolated and ‘secret’ setting.
Feel the sand under your toes while visiting any one for these amazing beaches:
- Kannapali Beach is a pristine stretch of white sand and is within walking distance of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. This beach is West Maui’s “signature” beach and was named “America’s Best Beach” in 2003. Puu Kekaa, also known as Black Rock, on the northernmost section of the beach is excellent for snorkeling.
- Kapalua Beach is known to Maui veterans as Old Fleming Beach. Kapalua was the first of Maui’s beaches to be named “America’s Best Beach” in 1991. D.T. Fleming Beach and Park is a classic part of Kapulaua Beach and was named “2018 Best Beach in America” by Beach this year. Facilities include picnic tables, restrooms and lifeguards.
- Makena Beach and State Park is located in south Maui and is known as “The Big Beach.” This signature beach is recognized for the white sand extending 2/3 of a mile long. This is one of the most popular beaches on the island of Maui.
- Keawakapu Beach is a collector’s delight! This beach offers classic views is a half-mile walk to the beautiful Wailea Resort.
- Kihei Beach is a series of beaches, coves and tide pools along six-miles of the Kihei coastline. This is a great place to stop for picnic.
- Polo Beach is a popular spot for Maui locals as well as visitors. Picnic tables and restrooms are available here.
- Kamaole Beach is another local favorite. This beach has three parks, volleyball courts, excellent swimming conditions, lifeguards on site, and ample parking.
- Wailea Beach offers an excellent place for swimming and snorkeling. Restrooms and equipment rentals are nearby for underwater exploring! The paved walking areas along the beach lets you wander past Wailea’s hotels, restaurants and shops. This is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs!
- Hanakaoo Beach and Park is a quiet beach with plenty of opportunities for water sports and activities.
- Launiupoko Beach and Park is just south of Lahaina. This is a local favorite offering a unique natural pool surrounded by a lava rock wall. This is an excellent place for small children with picnic tables and restrooms nearby.
- Pamana Beach and County Park provides swimming, picnic tables, restrooms, grills, and a grassy park with waves that are excellent for beginning and intermediate surfers.
After you have had your fun at the beach, check out these wonderful attractions and tours that are sure to peak your adventurous side:
- Haleakala National Park is a breathtaking natural wonder crossing Maui’s highest point of 10,023 feet to the cost of Kipahulu. This site covers over 30,000 acres and has the largest concertation of endangered species of any national park. Keep your eyes peeled and the forest clean as you explore.
- Wailuku is just beyond Maui county and is a lush valley that holds the Iao Valley State Monument. This is where you will find the famous Iao Needle landmark and is the site of the 1790 Battle of Kepaniwai. This is the right location for a small, clam hike, where you can view markers that describe historical facts about the battle.
- Kaanapali is one of the beaches mentioned above but offers more than a beach as it holds a historically renowned sacred space. This beach was once a retreat for the royalty of Maui where the sacred Black Rock of Puu Kekaa can be found. This was believed by ancient Hawaiians as a place for the soul to enter the spirit world. Cliff diving ceremonies takes place at this location, honoring King Kahekili, who dove with bravery form this sacred place.
- Lahaina Historic Trail is located at the seaport town of Lahania and was the location of the Hawaiian monarchy for almost five decades. This is the location for the international whaling center in the 1800’s and you can also find over 60 more historically significant landmarks.
- Hana is a remote location in east Maui that is like stepping back in time. Unspoiled by development, this pristine town is opulent and lush. Beyond Hana is Kipahulu where you can find the Charles Lindbergh’s grave in the small country church.
- The Tropical Express at Maui Tropical Plantation is a cost-effective way to spend the day. This inexpensive tour offers visitors the chance to ride aboard the tropical express train and enjoying a relaxing view of Hawaii’s famous fruits and plants. This is a kid-friendly outing and a great break from the beach. Fresh fruit sampling is a refreshing perk to this fun filled and flexible tour.
- Molokini and Turtle Snorkeling is a great way to get off the beach and into the water and is sure to excite nature lovers! Most tours include cruising on a catamaran while getting breakfast and lunch meals, all while viewing the lovely scenery.
- Myths of Maui Luau Dinner and a Show captivates visitors with fire and knife performances, live music, and traditional dances for what is sure to be a memorable show. Traditional Hawaiian dinner dishes are served during the show along with a children’s buffet for family outings or open bar access for adult visitors over the age of 21.
- Maui Horseback tour with waterfall and ocean views offers a wonderful riding experience with spectacular scenery! Make sure to bring your camera to this sightseeing adventure.
- Sunset Cocktail Sail from Maui will surely give your trip a luxurious feel. The evening sunset catamaran cruise includes handcrafted cocktails and snacks while allowing you the opportunity to marvel at the Maui sunset. Look out for dolphins that swim and jump offshore! This is the perfect way to end your stay in Maui.