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Posted on Sep 29, 2013 | 12 comments

Interesting Facts about Maui

Interesting Facts about Maui

Beyond our great love of Hawaii, we also have a great appreciation for each Hawaiian Island as its own identity. At the moment, Maui holds the top place in our hearts for the island we love the most. These 15 interesting facts about Maui are easy to see why.

Interesting Facts about Maui

Maui, the Valley Isle, filled with palm trees, beaches, and waterfalls.

1. Known as the Valley Isle, Maui is the 2nd largest of the Hawaiian Islands.

2. The island of Maui was named for the mythological being of the same name. Legends say the demigod Maui pulled the Hawaiian Islands from the sea and lassoed the sun atop Haleakala, the island’s highest peak.

3. The top 5 major industries of Maui should come as no surprise. They are tourism, sugar, pineapple, cattle, and diversified agriculture.

4. The first sugar mill on Maui began operations in 1828. As the sugar industry in the Hawaiian Islands grew, plantation workers immigrated from China, Japan, Puerto Rico, Korea, the Philippines, Portugal, and Europe to Hawaii. These immigrants became the foundation of the multi-ethnic culture alive in Hawaii today.

Interesting Facts about Maui

Makena aka Big Beach

5. Maui has 120 linear miles of beach shores and more than 80 beaches. That’s a whole lot of space to hit the waves.

6. Maui’s dormant volcano, Haleakala, reaches 10,023 feet making it the largest dormant volcano in the world. The summit depression is 21 miles across, and 4,000 feet deep, large enough to hold the island of Manhattan.

7. Each of the Hawaiian Islands is represented by an official flower or lei material and color. The super-fragrant Lokelani rose is the official flower of Maui. The official color of Maui is akala (pink).

8. Maui’s most visited attractions are Iao Valley State Park, Haleakala National Park, Lahaina Town, and Hana.

9. The Road to Hana, one of the most scenic in the world , has 600 curves and 54 bridges. Many of Maui’s accessible waterfalls can be found along The Road to Hana.

Interesting Facts about Maui

Humpback Whale watching on Maui.

10. Every winter, approximately 3,000 whales visit Maui waters. There are only 7,000-8,000 humpback whales surviving today, but even they know where one of the best places to visit in the world is.

11. Snorkeling is by far one of the most popular activities on Maui. With more than 30 beaches and bays perfect for snorkeling, it’s easy to see why.

12. Maui is a well known destination for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Kanaha State Park, also known as Kite Beach, has been welcoming windsurfers since the 1980s due to its ideal location.

13. The island of Maui is the most popular with mainlanders and those visiting from Canada.

14. Polynesians who traveled from Tahiti and the Marquesas, were the first people to populate Maui. The Tahitians introduced the kapu system, a strict order that affected all aspects of life and went on to become the core of Hawaiian culture.

Interesting Facts about Maui

Waimoku Falls is the reward of getting to the top of the Pipiwai Trail.

15. Waterfalls on Maui are some of the world’s best. Pipiwai Trail in  Haleakala National Park has been named one of the top 5 places to view waterfalls in the world. From the bottom of this trail to the very top you will see the string of waterfalls at Oheo Gulch, the Falls at Makahiku, which plunge almost 200 feet, and Waimoku Falls which drops from more than 400 feet above you.

How many of these interesting facts about Maui did you know?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. I really want to visit Maui, and this just made me want to go even more! We went to Oahu a few years ago, but didn’t make it to any of the other islands. I didn’t realize each island had an official flower/lei–that’s interesting!
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  2. We went to Hawaii last October and had a really difficult time deciding between Kauai and Maui. Kauai won out, but we would love to go back and visit Maui (and other islands) one day!
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  3. I’ve been to the Big Island 3 times and Honolulu once, but Maui and Kauai are still on our list. I love that you mention the mythology behind the name: I’m a big fan of Pele’s shenanigans, and have a great story about visiting her I’ll have to share someday.
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