Maui, Hawaii (CNN) When I first heard about the Maui National Park in the early 2000s, I was skeptical.
After all, it was an area of relatively undeveloped wilderness with a reputation for being remote and mysterious.
I had never been to the islands.
But after I was in Maui for a year and a half, I fell in love with this place.
I was inspired by the peaceful, pristine nature of the park and the friendly locals.
I loved the fact that there were no resorts or hotels, and that the park itself was relatively undeveased and untouched by the hustle and bustle of modern life.
I felt like I had been in Maua before, and I had an idea about how I was going to spend my summer vacation there.
I decided to spend a week exploring Maui.