In Hawaiian legend, Maui was the hero of all Pacific islands visited by Polynesians. He was so clever and helpful that people called him “Maui-of-a-thousand-tricks.”
Today the island is a reflection of the spirit of Maui – with thousands of magical things to do and see.You will find yourself literally chasing rainbows and showering under water- falls.Watch amazing sunsets from mile-long beaches or listen to local bands playing ukuleles while a hula dancer with a plumeria behind her ear dances to the rhythm.Visit ancient Hawaiian heiaus (temples) or explore Maui’s whaling history in Lahaina.Taste macadamia nut-crusted opakapaka,a delicately flavored pink snapper, while sipping on a lilikoi (yellow passion fruit) margarita.
Maui welcomes 2.5 million visitors annually, making it the second-most visited Hawaiian Island, behind Oahu. Maui has 7 regions: Central Maui,West Maui, South Maui, Haleakala & Upcountry, The Road to Hana, Lana`i and Moloka`i.
Central Maui is home to the main airport, as well as the local government. West Maui has some of the island’s best beaches and is where you will find the lovely town of Lahaina and the glamorous resort area of Ka`anapali. The sunny South Maui area is also known for its spectacular beaches, surrounded by the resort areas of Kihei, Wailea and Makena. Haleakala National Park is Maui’s top natural attraction with its 10,000-foot volcano summit. The surrounding Upcountry communities are full of grassy ranchlands and flower farms. The Road to Hana is a 50-mile drive full of can’t-miss waterfalls, nature trails, one-lane bridges and approximately 600 turns.
Maui is an adventure-lover’s paradise, whether you are a hard-core dare devil or more of a spectator. Learn to surf in the smaller waves offWest Maui or watch the professionals at the world-famous surf spot called “Jaws.” See the sun rise over Haleakala or coast down 37 miles from the summit to sea level on a bike. Explore million-year-old underground lava tube caves or go parasailing and soar 400 feet above water to get a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful island. Spread your beach towel down on one of Maui’s many golden-sand beaches, or try sunbathing ona beach with red or black sand. Whether you prefer to sip a mai tai while lounging on a hammock or try your hand at an exciting new sport like kiteboarding, Maui has enough to offer. Here, you will meet the wonderful people of Hawaii and learn about their mana (spirit), their history and their customs.You will even pick up a few words of the Hawaiian language. And here’s a popular phrase that you’ll encounter often during your trip – Maui no ka `oi (Maui is the best!).
Some say the island of Maui resembles a woman’s body; others say the island’s shape represents the demi-god Maui’s head, neck, shoulders and body. However you look at it, you’ll see two volcanoes with a small isthmus in the middle created by erosion which now joins the two land masses. The larger volcano is 10,023-foot Haleakala on the eastern side of the island with 5,788-foot Pu`u Kukui on the western side. Maui County includes Maui, Lana`i and Moloka`i, with the county seat being the town ofWailuku in Central Maui. The county population including all three islands is about 135,000.