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West Maui Parasail, Ka'anapali

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The West Maui Mountains or West Maui Volcano, known to the Hawaiians as Maui Komohana and to geologists as Mauna Kahalawai, forms a much eroded shield volcano that constitutes the western one-quarter of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Since its last eruption approximately 320,000 years ago, the West Maui Mountains have undergone substantial stream erosion.The three moku or districts of west Maui are Lāhaina, Kāanapali, and Wailuku. Wailuku is also known as Pūalikomohana, or Nā Wai Ehā which means the four waters. The 4 waters are the ahupuaa (smaller land division than district), which are Waikapū, Wailuku, Waiehu, and Waihee.The port of Lāhainā lies on the southwestern slope.The summit peak is called Puu Kukui, at 5788ft elevation. Pu'u Kukui translates into "candlenut hill".Puu Kukui Watershed PreserveEstablished in 1988, the Puu Kukui Preserve is the largest private nature preserve in the State of Hawaii. Since 1994, the 8661acre preserve has been managed by Maui Land & Pineapple Company in participation with The Nature Conservancy and the State Natural Area Partnership. These groups work together to protect the watershed lands of the West Maui mountain.Geological historyThe West Maui Mountains were formed through at least three series of major volcanic eruptions during its shield building period. The mountains used to be over 13,000 feet high, but has collapsed and eroded down to a much smaller 5,100 feet. Rocks from the latest major shield-building eruptions are call the Honolua volcanics, which are roughly 500,000 years old. However, there were several re-juvenated stage eruptions more recently, the last dating to roughly 320,000 years ago.
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  • You see that giant yellow happy face out there? You'll be smiling too! Easy for all ages, and an amazing experience, even if you think you've seen it all. You'll get to your boat via water taxi...  more »
  • We took my 75 year old mother parasailing for her bday (along with my kids, nephew and husband). This crew is fantastic! They were funny, patient, and made the experience easy, safe and...  more »
  • Took my 12yr old daughter up for the first time with West Maui Parasail. We both had a blast! The entire team was great to be around. Very informative and caring and fun. They took awesome pictures for us that we will be able to look back on for many years. I highly recommend!
  • 4 stars because it was too short of a time. Our entire trip to maui was amazing, we never imagined that we could have so much fun. This was the cap of awesome that we needed. Crazy crazy fun but very short flight time, still awesome.

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