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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.