Plot your escape to one of the West's best islands--places so lovely you won't want your time there to end
Thomas J. Story
The Magic Isle has its contradictions. Calm and lovely today, its ‘Iao Valley was where King Kamehameha I defeated Maui forces in his fight to unite Hawaii under his rule. Beach town Pa‘ia has two faces too: world-class surfer and windsurfer hangout, but also home to native Hawaiians whose island roots reach back centuries. Then there's the tiny coastal paradise of Hana—no stoplights, no chain stores, no TVs, just blissful beauty.