Hawaiian Islands

Maui Overview

Nickname: "The Valley Isle"
Size: 2nd Largest

Maui also known as the "Valley Isle" is the 2nd largest island in the Hawaiian chain, with over 700 square miles of breathtaking scenery and coastline. The island of Maui was actually formed by two separate volcanoes, one being Mt. Haleakala which is the worlds largest dormant volcano. Haleakala rises to over 10,000 feet with sloping hills and wind swept terrain. The second of Maui's volcanoes is Puu Kukui, which is located on the west side of the island and receives over 400 inches of rainfall annually.Maui

Maui has a diverse culture and up until the latter 60`s was primarily an agriculture island offering products such as sugar and pineapple. In the early 70`s development of resort areas created the islands driving force, tourism. On the west side of Maui you will find the resort communities of Kaanapali, Kapalua and Lahaina. Kaanapali features golf courses and beachfront hotels. The Kapalua development is north of Kaanapali and features championship golf, two beachfront resorts and world class beaches. Lahaina is located south of Kaanapali and is the heart of the west side. Lahaina is a national historic landmark and is entrenched with Hawaiian history.

Located in central Maui are the towns of Kahului and Wailuku. Wailuku is the county seat and features its own historical district and quaint stores. Kahului is the port city of Maui and features a variety of shopping centers and attractions. Traveling up the slopes of Haleakala will bring you to Upcountry Maui. Upcountry Maui features astounding views and botanical gardens. The towns of Makawao, Kula and Ulupalakua are all located upcountry and offer an array of shopping and sightseeing. Traveling from Kahului on the Hana highway will take you to one of the most visited parts of the island, Hana. Hana is located on the east side of the island and features some of the most scenic waterfalls and coastline available. A trip to Maui would not be complete without a stop in "heavenly Hana".

The south side of Maui features the town of Kihei and the resort communities of Wailea and Makena. Kihei is well known for its beautiful weather and long sandy beaches. The town of Kihei also hosts a variety of shopping centers and restaurants. Traveling south from Kihei will bring you to one of Maui's newest resort communities, Wailea. Wailea is home to some of Maui's finest resorts, golf courses and white sandy beaches. Leaving Wailea and traveling further south will bring you to Makena. This small resort community features golf, tennis and some of the islands best known beaches and snorkeling spots.

Whether you are a resident or tourist visiting the island, you will see why people say "Maui No Ka Oi". Translation: "Maui is the best".