The second largest island of the Hawaiian Islands, the 17th largest island in the United States, the third highest populated of the Hawaiian Islands, is the island of ‘Maui’. Maui is part of the State of Hawaii and is the largest of Maui County’s four islands, bigger than Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, and unpopulated Kahoʻolawe. The Island of Maui is also called the “Valley Isle” for the large isthmus between its northwestern and southeastern volcanoes and the numerous large valleys carved into both mountains.
Native Hawaiian tradition gives the derivation of the island’s name in the legend of Hawaiʻiloa, the Polynesian navigator recognized with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. According to that legend, Hawaiʻiloa named the island of Maui after his son, who in turn was named for the demigod Māui. The former name of Maui was ʻIhikapalaumaewa’.
Maui is a leading whale-watching center in the Hawaiian Islands due to Humpback whales wintering in the sheltered ʻAuʻau Channel between the islands of Maui county. The whales migrate approximately 3,500 miles (5,600 km) from Alaskan waters each autumn and spend the winter months mating and birthing in the warm waters off Maui, with most leaving by the end of April.
Maui is home to a large rainforest on the northeastern flanks of Haleakalā, which serves as the drainage basin for the rest of the island. Agricultural and coastal industrial land use has had an adverse effect on much of Maui’s coastal regions. Many of Maui’s extraordinary coral reefs have been damaged by pollution, runoff, and tourism, although finding sea turtles, dolphins, and Hawaii’s celebrated tropical fish, is still common.
Climate of the island:
The climate of the Hawaiian Islands is distinguished by a two-season year, mild and uniform temperatures all over, distinct geographic differences in rainfall, high comparative humidity, widespread cloud formations, and foremost trade-wind flow. Maui displays a inimitable and varied set of climatic conditions, each of which is precised to a slackly defined sub-region of the island. Showers are very regular; while some of these are very heavy, the vast majority is light and short — an immediate sprinkle of rain and it’s over. Even the heaviest rain showers are rarely accompanied by thunder and lightning. Throughout the lowlands, in summer a devastating domination of trade winds leads to a drier season.
Sports to look forward to:
One of the most popular activities on Maui is Snorkelling. There are over 30 beaches and bays to snorkel at around the island.
Maui is a very famous destination for windsurfing. Kanaha Beach Park is a very well-known windsurfing spot and may have stand-up paddle boarders or surfers if there are waves and no wind.
Surfing is another very popular sport in Hawaii. Ho’okipa is one of Maui’s most famous surfing and windsurfing spots. Other famous and frequently surfed areas include Slaughterhouse Beach, Honolua Bay, Pe’ahi (Jaws), and Fleming Beach.
Kiteboarding and Kitesurfing
One of the newest sports on Maui is Kiteboarding/Surfing. Kanaha Beach Park is where beginner, intermediate and advanced Kiters gather. It is known as Kite Beach. Kiters share the water with Windsurfers who have dominated the area since the early 1980s.
Common tourist spots at the island:
The big tourist spots in Maui include the Hāna Highway, Haleakalā National Park, and Lahaina. The Hāna Highway runs along the east coast of Maui, warp around many mountains and passing by black sand beaches and waterfalls. Haleakalā National Park is home to Haleakalā, a dormant volcano. Lahaina is one of the main attractions on the island with an entire street of shops and restaurants which lead to a wharf where many set out for a sunset cruise or whale watching journey.
The main tourist areas are West Maui (Kāʻanapali, Lahaina, Nāpili-Honokōwai, Kahana, Napili, Kapalua) and South Maui (Kīhei, Wailea-Mākena). The main port of call for cruise ships is located in Kahului. A smaller port can be found in Maʻalaea Harbor located between Lahaina and Kihei.
Must Visit Places on Maui
Haleakala Sunrise –
Witness the glory of the rising sun as it heralds the coming of a new day over the summit of Mt. Haleakala. This early-morning adventure takes you to the top of the islands to watch the sun rise over a tropical paradise.
West Maui Horseback Ride –
Enjoy a leisurely ride though Makila Plantation, a historic area of Maui, and take in views of mountains, the ocean, and an endless blue sky.
Maui Ocean Center Aquarium –
Explore more than 10 major exhibits and talk to marine specialists at “the Hawaiian Aquarium”—the only aquarium in the world dedicated to promoting understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawaii’s native marine life creatures. This 3-acre marine park—the largest tropical reef aquarium in the Western Hemisphere—provides visitors with information, tours by marine naturalists, and exhibits on thousands of indigenous fish, sharks, turtles, stingrays, and more.
· Ulalena Musical Theater – Dazzling special effects, a breathtaking musical score, intense performances, and a state-of-the-art theater makes Ulalena an experience not to be missed.
· Kupanaha: Magic Show Dinner Theater – Experience Hawaiian myth through illusion, traditional hula, and chant. Kaanapali Beach Hotel’s Kupanaha: Magic Dinner Theater is a performance of hula tradition, Hawaiian lore, and incredible skill at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, in the Kaanapali Resort.
Fishing Adventures, Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel, Hana Sky-Trek are among the others. To sum it up, Maui is a fun place to enjoy and adventure. A place that has lots to give to the tourists. An experience that would turn out to be neither avoidable nor be forgettable. Maui, has it all!!!