"Visiting Hawaii's Valley Island: Maui" Maui by Erin74

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I went to Maui for the first time in 2001. I just returned from a second trip there (Nov. 2003) and am adding additional tips.

Maui is an island paradise, my personal favorite of the Hawaiian islands I've visited. There is so much to see and do here. You'll never be bored and you'll constantly be amazed by the gorgeous surroundings.

Maui is a volcanic island, formed more than five million years ago by volcanic eruptions. You'll find a large, dormant volcano (Haleakala) on the south end of the island. The area between Haleakala and the mountains at the north of the island is a fertile valley, filled with sugar cane and pineapple fields. Thus, Maui is called the Valley Island.

Captain James Cook discovered Maui on November 26, 1778. It is now the second most popular Hawaiian island for tourism (second to Oahu) and features many attractions and comforts for visitors. Still, it retains much of that authentic Hawaiian spirit and is still quite rural in many places. This is an excellent place to go if you're visiting Hawaii for the first time.

Maui is a contrast in landscape and climate.

The southern portion of the island is dominated by Haleakala, a large volcano. The beaches on the southern shores of Maui tend to have lots of black lava on them.

The northwestern portion of the island is more dry and has the best weather on the island. The areas around Lahaina and Ka'anapali usually have excellent beach weather and less rainfall than other parts of the island.

The Eastern side of the island tends to be wetter and gets more rainfall. In the winter months, it is often rainy along the Road to Hana.

The center of the island, at the base of Haleakala, is very fertile and is filled with pineapple and sugar cane fields. You'll find several processing plants here. The sugar cane fields are routinely burned and you'll often see smoke rising from these areas.

Enjoy your time on Maui. It's an amazing place!

  • Last visit to Maui: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated Mar 24, 2004
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    Nice page Erin!

  • AVG2319's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Great tips on Maui and beautiful photos-we just visited the island of Kauai-Maui is in our list for the next Hawaiian island to visit!

  • kimod74's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2005 at 7:29 AM

    I just got back from Maui & a convertible is a must if you can afford it! It made my trip to Maui so much more enjoyable. Great Maui page BTW!

  • Hermanater's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2005 at 7:13 PM

    Where to begin..... Happy Birthday... Congrats on your wedding... Great Maui page.. and happy travels...

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2005 at 1:15 AM

    Hi Erin! What a great page with so much information and beautiful photos! I truly enjoyed reading everything here. Greetings from Finland, Sini

  • May 13, 2005 at 2:37 AM

    Maui is heaven and customs like "aloha spirit" make it perfect.

  • Hosell's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2004 at 6:12 PM

    Great and very informative page,and awesome pictures!! greetings from Spain!!!

  • shivan's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2004 at 2:31 PM

    Lovely lovely page!

  • deeper_blue's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2004 at 3:50 PM

    Thanks for the tips, looks fantastic

  • spartan's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2003 at 3:36 PM

    Nice job on your presentation regarding Maui...next time I'll have to visit the Iao Valley.


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