Often times people wonder, “Where do folks from Hawaii go on vacation?” and while I enjoy traveling throughout the Continental United States, I also love visiting the neighboring islands.
With dormant volcano Haleakala sitting on the East and Mauna Kahalawai adorning the West, Maui is the second largest island of the Hawaiian chain. I first visited Maui when I was 12 years old with my middle school group and having previously visited Kauai and Kona; the Valley Isle quickly became my favorite. Today, she offers a balance between the swiftness of Honolulu and the serenity of old Hawaii which is why I refer to her as my sanctuary.
No matter how often we visit each year, my children ask to take a journey through the Maui Ocean Center and a ride on the Sugar Cane Train.
Built and operating since the late 1800′s Lahaina’s train was used to haul the cane harvests along a six-mile track from the sugar cane fields to the mills. In the 1950′s, with the innovation of motorized vehicles, the train hauled the last of its harvest. Left for uncertainty, a group of investors purchased the train and today, the Sugar Cane Train continues to service its passengers along Honoapiilani Highway for 40-years.
With scenic views of the island of Lanai, beautiful mountain ranges, and the exhilarating crossing over the bridge, the Sugar Cane Train are for families and anyone who enjoys history and nostalgia.
Maui has so much to offer its residents and visitors that it takes time to truly appreciate her. This is why I continue to return to my sanctuary over and over after nearly 30 years.
About L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine
Bred, born, and raised in Hawaii, L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine is the Founder of social media marketing company, Pono Media. Often described as an Ambassador of Aloha, Neenz shares the traditions, values, and culture of Hawaii as the Executive Editor of Hawaii Traditions. She began her online career with Nononina, Inc. as a writer for their citizen journalism site, Truemors and continues to serve as their Chief Evangelist of leading news aggregation site, Alltop.