Living on Maui

Lahaina, Hawaii
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A wonderful part of living on Maui is the wonderful natural surroundings that make local living so special.A major attraction for potential home buyers, the sheer beauty of the island has become one of the area’s major selling points.In fact, many Maui homes for sale that have splendid scenic views are significantly more valuable thanks to their smart use of the Maui backdrop and scenery.As the leading whale-watching center for the Hawaiian islands, a number of whale watching excursions leave from ports around Maui, including Kahului and Lahaina.The sheltered ‘Au’au Channel that lies between the islands of Maui County harbor the graceful Humpback whales during the winter season.The whales migrate from the frigid Alaskan waters each fall to spend the winter months mating and birthing in the warmer Hawaiian waters.Although recent estimates suggest only 18,000 humpback whales remain in the North Pacific, a large portion of those whales breed in the waters just off the coasts of Maui.Maui also hosts a large rainforest on the northeastern flanks of Mount Haleakala on the eastern side of the island.Because of the rough terrain, the area has been saved from exploitation and development, making it one of the best green areas in the island chain.Along with the deserts of Haleakala and the plateaus in between, the varied geographical terrain and forms of life that make Maui unique continue to attract potential residents to the island of Maui.


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Molokai is the fifth largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, which include: Ni’ihau, Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe, Maui, and Hawaii, which is also referred to as the Big Island.Nicknamed the Friendly Isle, Molokai has a population of about 7,500 and is located across the 25 mile-wide Kaiwi Channel from Oahu.On a clear night the lights of Honolulu can be seen from the west coast of the island.Molokai is most known for its history as being the long time residence of Father Damien, a Belgian priest who cared for people affected by Hansen’s Disease, also known as leprosy.Kalaupapa, a small settlement on the north shore of Molokai was where sufferers of Hansen’s Disease took refuge.Although there are no active cases of the disease on the island today, most of the residents of Kalaupapa are descendants of previously afflicted patients.

Although Molokai is one of the least developed islands in Hawaii, the people living there, mostly of Hawaiian ancestry, have worked to preserve the Hawaiian culture.The island is home to many Hawaiian fish ponds, many of which have been preserved and restored in recent years.Molokai has been a island well suited for tourism, ranking as the tenth most popular island destination because of its pristine, tropical landscapes, environmental stewardship, rich cultures, and friendly nature.Molokai has several small hotels and resorts and is home to Papohaku Beach, located on the western facing shore of the island, which is one of the largest and most spectacular beaches in Hawaii.