Man, what a week. After spending a few days on Maui, it is readily apparent why it has been voted "Best Island In The World" for 11 consecutive years in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Poll. Â It is an outdoor lover's paradise. Â Created when two volcanoes erupted in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it possesses beaches, mountains, and rain forests all in close proximity. Â That makes for some outstanding sightseeing as well as an incredible number of outdoor activities to do. Â Throw in world-class resorts and an abundance of fine dining and shopping options, and you can be as active or as relaxed as you want to be. Faced with this embarassment of riches, and the knowledge that I wouldn't have time to do in one week all that I wanted to do, I decided to take the "Greatest Hits" approach and do the activities that everyone does when they go to Maui: (1) Snorkeling at Molokini. Â This was one of my favorite activities. Â Once I got accustomed to breathing through the snorkel tube and humbled myself by using a boogie board, this was a blast. Â The water was crystal clear. Â A lot of other people had the same idea, and the water around the crater was pretty crowded even in the morning, but it didn't detract from the experience. (2) Highway to Hana. Â Like Bradford, I bought the audio CD and drove the road myself. Â My favorite part was actually past Hana, at the Haleakala National Park. Â Oheo Gulch, the bamboo forest, and Waipuku Falls were amazing sights. Â Unfortunately, that particular day there were intermittent downpours, so I got soaking wet. Â As a lawyer, I read the rental car agreement carefully, and could find no express prohibition on driving the back way around the island, so that's what I did. Â (Actually, I completely missed Charles Lindbergh's grave, and by the time I realized it, turning around was not an option.) Â I found that drive a bit desolate; fortunately there was a winery with tastings near the end. (3) Sunrise at Haleakala. Â I had visions of creating a 20-bike pileup if I did the bike ride down, so I decided to do a van tour instead. Â The morning I went was clear after two cloudy days, and the view was awesome. Â Totally worth getting up at 2:30 in the morning. Â And yes, it is very, very cold before the sun rises. (4) Luau. Â I couldn't get into the Old Lahaina Luau (booked until August), so I went to a luau at one of the resorts in Wailea instead. Â I figured out how these luaus can have an open bar for 600 people -- water down the drinks so much that they are closer to virgin than to actual mixed drinks. Â (I had five and didn't feel even slightly buzzed.) Â Nevertheless, the food, ambience, and entertainment were great. Â Totally worth doing. Added to these activities, I took surfing lessons and a helicopter ride around the island, shopped/sightsaw around Lahaina, Kaanapali, and West Maui, and oh yeah, attended my friend's wedding. Â I was so busy that I didn't have time to relax by the pool or on the beach. I was pleasantly surprised by the dining options. Â I had the standard lunch plate at Aloha Mixed Plate (kahlua pig, lomi lomi salmon, poi, macaroni salad, rice) -- great introduction to local cuisine. Â Roy's, which was located in a nondescript strip mall slightly north of Kaanapali, is as good a seafood restaurant as there is, and yes, the chocolate souffle is divine. Â (Interesting side note: I was wearing a camp shirt and shorts, most men were wearing hawaiian/polo shirts and shorts; this attire did not negatively affect my experience a whit.) Â Lulu's in Kihei serves great burgers in a casual, beach atmosphere. Â And Antonios, located in a strip mall in Kihei, is one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever dined in. For shopping, I did the touristy Lahaina thing. Â Didn't go to the Shops at Wailea, as it is mostly replicated by Whalers Village in Kaanapali. Â I went a bit overboard with the Hawaiian shirts, buying five for myself (two at Hilo Hatties, two at Moonbow Tropics -- best place for the real deal shirts, and one at the T-shirt Factory). Â Also bought shirts and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts for the folks back home. Â About 90% of the non-groceries you need can be purchased at Hilo Hatties or the ABC Store. Â And yes, the ABC Store is really, really ubiquitious. I found the location of my condo -- second to last condo complex in Kihei before Maaleaa -- to be ideal. Â Fifteen minutes to the airport and to Wailea, and 30 minutes to Lahaina. Â If I didn't have a wedding to attend in Wailea, I might have wanted to stay in Lahaina (more stuff to do there), but the drive up Route 30 to Lahaina is not one to do at night after you've had a few drinks. As you can probably tell, this vacation was wonderful, despite what my credit card statement will look like next month. Â I can't wait to go back, after I see Kauai and Costa Rica and Greece . . .