If anyone's looking for a great escape from the Rat Race, check out the setting for my novel MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA: http://www.molokaiparadise.com
There's a Beach House just like in the book and a sweet cottage overlooking Pailolo Channel. The water is pristine and the view of the outer islands is breathtaking. Have to admit it, Maui is the best island to look at from a distance.
This is Old Hawaii, not a place overrun with hoards of tourists.
The whales are migrating right now and you can see them breach right off the coast; also, the endangered monk seals can be seen basking on the coast. If you're into surfing, write me and I'll let you know about a secret spot where there are some great lefts--don't want to go right because of a lava pinnacle!