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MAUI Island

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands.
It reaches from sea level to 10,023 feet, the summit of the dormant volcano, Haleakala.
The island is named after Maui, a mischievous mythological figure of ancient Hawaii whose are antics are recorded in historic chants. One legend says that Maui dragged the Hawaiian islands out of the ocean with a giant fishhook.

Maui has a colorful past of settlers.
When Kamehameha I united all the Islands, he made Lahaina his capital in 1802 Missionaries and whaling men arrived soon afterwards, and the island was divided by these opposing forces.
The end of the whaling era came in 1860, due to the Civil War and the rise of the petroleum industry. Much of Maui land was plated in sugar cane, and labor was imported from Asia to work the land.
The island evolved into a peaceful agricultural area of great charm and rustic beauty. Today, visitors have discovered Maui's many beautiful charms, crating a thriving tourist industry.

Maui is the whale watching capital of Hawaii. Humpback wahles congregate in the warm offshore waters annually from November through April. A full grown whale can be more than 45 feet long and weigh more than 40 tons.

Top rated Attractions
Haleakala Crater
Ioa Valley State Park
Ohe'o Gulch at Haleakala National Park in Kipahulu
Historic Lahaina Town
Upcountry towns
Molokini snorkeling
Whale watching
The road to Hana
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
Worlds class windsurfers at Pa'ia beach.

Fascinating Facts:
Maui is the whalewatching capital of Hawaii Humpbacks congregate in the warm offshore waters annually from November through April. A full grown whale can be more than 45 feet long and weigh more than 40 tons

More miles of swimmable beaches than any other island.

Haleakala is the world's largest dormant volcano.

Built in 1801, the Brick Palace in Lahaina is Maui's first building.

Lahaina's famous Banyan tree is the largest of it's kind in America.

Hawaii's first newspaper was printed from Lahainaluna School's press in the mid1800s.

Hawaii's largest heiau, Pi'ilanihale, was built in1400 A.D. in Hana.

Hiking the Halekala Crater
Hiking the Halekala Crater

Blue Pools
Blue Pools

Wailea Golf Course
Wailea Golf Course

Molokini Island
Molokini Island



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Source: Hawaii VCB, photos: Ron Dahlquist, Kirk Lee Ader
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