Central Maui is the industrial center of the island; here you'll find Kahului airport (OGG) and harbor, the Puunene sugar mill, and government buildings in the Maui county* seatWailuku. Central Maui is also rich in natural wonders.
Perhaps the most famous natural wonder is Iao Valley State Park, where thousands of visitors go every year to view the steep mountains (including the Iao Needle), tall waterfalls, cascading streams, historic Cultural Gardens, and a wide variety of native plants. Hikers enjoy trails like tablelands and stream-side trails to impressive tropical swimming holes.
Further east, near the airport, is Kanaha Ponda wildlife refuge and home to many native Hawaiian bird species. Continue east through the historic plantation town of Paianow a new age, hippie hangoutgood for shopping for those offbeat items, like beads and tie-die T-shirts.
Just a little east of Paia is the
world famous Hookipa Beach Park where several world championship surfing and windsurfing
competitions take place. When the water is calm (which isn't often) the east side of
Hookipa offers good snorkeling. The Hookipa photo above is available as desktop
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Heading east to Haikuanother quaint town of historic significanceyou'll find the terrain begin to become more tropical. More rain has caused more erosion which formed huge gorges. The road circles through and over these valleys, past post-card views at every turn. You're on the road to Hana!
*Maui county includes the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the unpopulated Kahoolawe.
Click here to head upcountry to the summit of the world's largest dormant volcano: Haleakala!
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