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Your Kind of Town: Kahului, Hawaii
Are you an urban adventurer or a small-town dreamer? Do you crave culture or live for the beach? Find your spot in these 31 action-packed locales.
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Jacksonville, FL  |  Kahului, HI  | 
Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Kahului, Hawaii:

Population: 20,146

Median Home Price: $578,000

The Scene: Port workers and retailers kitesurf the Hawaiian trade winds. Kahului, on Maui, is also the reputed birthplace of the Loco Moco—a hamburger patty on rice with a fried egg and gravy on top.

OPTIONS: Maui is a mecca for watersports, but Kahului, which sits on a flat between two sets of mountains, acts like a geographic wind tunnel, perfect for wind sports like wind- and kitesurfing. All of Maui is within the radius of a day trip, including all its hiking, diving and even spelunking (the lava caves of Hana are only an hour away).

OUTFITTER: Bike the Skyline Trail down the spine of the 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) dormant volcano Haleakala into the Kula forest reserve with Haleakala Bike Company (+1 808 575 9575).

GOOD EATS: Locals feed their Loco Moco addiction at the old classic, Cupies.

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Adventure's September 2006 issue features 31 amazing adventure towns; chaos at the top of Mount Everest; an inside look at surfing California's Lost Coast; 11 fall weekend getaways near you; the best high-tech footwear, world class adventure travel; hiking the Alps, and more!

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