Maui, Molokai, and Lani:Maui's Scenery

Maui's scenery, climate and resort hotels make it a good option to recommend to your honeymoon clients. It's especially alluring for today's couples who typically look for both adventure and comfort, according to Geri Bain, travel editor of Modern Bride Magazine and author of "Modern Bride-Honeymoons and Weddings Away."

"Couples can spend the day hiking through rain forests, mountain biking or surfing, then come back to all the comforts of a luxurious resort hotel," says Bain. Here are some of her suggestions for Maui-bound honeymooners

  • Sunrise Excursion to Haleakala
  • Clients are picked up literally in the middle of the night by tour operators, and arrive at the rim of Haleakala in time for a breathtaking sunrise view. Coffee is provided (but clients should bring a blanket or something warm), as are bicycles, so couples can bike down Haleakala.

  • Upcountry Maui
  • Depart from the hotel early, and drive via Makawao, a New Age cowboy town in the island's heartland. Lunch in Hali at the Halimale General Store, a deceptively rustic looking restaurant which, turns out everything from home-made pies to Szechuan

    specialties.

  • Horseback Adventure
  • One of the most romantic ways to see Haleakala is on a four-hour trail ride. The route starts along the slopes of Haleakala and goes into the crater, weaving through scenery that looks like a moonscape.

  • Road to Hana
  • Head for Paia (a short drive from Kahului airport), and pick up provisions, such as water and snacks. Since virtually the entire coastal road to Hana is through rain forest, the trip offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Hawaii. Tip: To further enhance the journey, couples are advised to buy or rent a cassette tape (available through many outlets) made especially for this excursion, that acts as a tour guide. If possible, couples should arrange an overnight stay in Hana to get a sense of the romance of Old Hawaii.

  • The Molokai Ranch
  • This is a great choice for couples looking for adventures like horseback riding, kayaking and mountain biking. The ranch offers various kinds of accommodations, from rustic-style 'tentalows' to an upscale lodge. Also available through the Molokai Ranch are hikes accompanied by local guides.

  • Unspoiled Paradise
  • This beautiful little island was virtually all pineapple plantations until fairly recently so it's mostly undeveloped, which makes it a perfect choice for couples looking for a place that's unspoiled. Tip: Be sure to visit the Lanai Marine Preserve to see the spinner dolphins.

  • Honeymooners should be sure to sample Maui's fabulous luxury resort spas, some of which offer special, private 'duet' treatments for couples.
  • A luau is a 'must' especially for first-time visitors. In addition to the traditional luau, which normally features a buffet, couples can experience the new kind, like the Feast at Lele, where guests are served the foods of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, with each course accompanied by appropriate entertainment.
  • Highly qualified wedding planners, and resort hotels' excellent on-site wedding departments make it a breeze to get married on Maui. The setting can be anything from a hotel banquet room to a tropical garden, a gazebo or a moonlit beach.
  • On Maui, couples can have the kind of wedding they would have on the mainland, or, they can incorporate some Hawaiian traditions into their ceremony, which more and more couples are doing. For instance, they can do a lei exchange or have Hawaiian wedding songs sung.
  • There is no waiting period, but both applicants must be at least 18.
  • The license is good for 30 days and costs $50. Bride and groom must show picture IDs. If either applicant is under 19, a birth certificate may be required. Also, if either party was married previously, proof of divorce must be presented.
  • Maui (and the other islands) each have marriage license agencies, but the main office for all the islands is State Department of Health, Marriage License Office, 1250 Punchbowl St., Honolulu 96813.
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