Leaving the pier, your air-conditioned motor coach will venture through the town of Kahului, Maui to Iao Valley State Park, site of one of Hawaii’s most famous battles. In 1790, King Kamehameha I destroyed the Maui army in an effort to unite the Hawaiian Islands, changing Hawaiian history forever. The park is also home to the Iao Needle, a vegetation-covered lava remnant that rises 1,200 feet from the valley floor.
Surrounded by mountain cliffs and an extinct volcano, the island’s famous landmark is a sight to see. Continuing on through the Valley, marvel at breathtaking vistas of the West Maui Mountains on one side and the majestic Haleakala Crater, or “House of the Sun,” on the other. As your Journey takes you out of the Valley and along the coast you will admire views of sandy beaches, turquoise waters and the nearby islands of Lana'i and Kaho'olawe. Your next stop will be the town of Lahaina which was once an important whaling village and served as the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Here you will have 2.5 hours on your own to explore the many shops and restaurants along Front Street before returning to your awaiting ship in Kahului.