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Ever tried kite boarding? On the west side of Kanaha Beach Park is 'Kite Beach,' your opportunity to sign up for kite boarding lessons where you'll learn to navigate the waves on what looks like a snowboard with a rather large kite to hold onto. Considered one of the fastest growing water sports, signing up for a two day lesson is absolutely worth it. To the north is Hookipa Beach Park, the windsurfing capital of the world. Mai Poina Oe Lau Beach Park in Kihei is another popular spot--the waves are often 10 - 15 feet high, sometimes even 25 feet. Maui's wide range of surf accommodates all skill levels--picking up a lesson is easy, you just need to keep in mind what side of the island has good surf when you're looking to give it a try. Between November and March, Ho'okipa Beach Park on the north shore is ideal and from April to October, Wailea on the south.

Southeast of Wailea is Haleakala National Park where a hike through the park can start at an 8000 foot summit and lead you through a valley filled with native shrubs, or through a cinder desert for 4 miles to a point where it's difficult to breathe because there's reduced amount of oxygen. Papwai, a popular hike, takes you through the rainforest and leads you to Waimoku Falls. At sea level, kayaking along the Kipahulu coastline is where you'll find molten lava, hidden lagoons, beaches, private reefs and sea caves.