Maui is the second largest island in Hawaii. Famously called the “Valley Isle,” the island is formed from two shield volcanoes that overlapped one another. The isthmus between them separates the northwestern and southeastern regions.
Polynesians first settled the island of Maui before 450 A.D. followed by the Tahitians. The two cultures created a blend of Hawaiian traditions. When the island was divided into three territories, it covered Wailuku, Lele (Lahaina), and Hana until the 15th century. In 1786, Europeans traders, loggers, and missionaries started to land on the shores of Maui. They taught writing and reading until the opening of Lahainaluna Mission School in 1831.
The beaches of Maui also served during World War II in 1943 as the military training ground and home bases. Maui grows in rapid population through 2007 led by Kihei. Historically, sugar and pineapple were Maui’s primary products until Alexander and Baldwin dominated agricultural activity noting the island for specific products like coffee, fresh pineapple, macadamia nuts, papaya, and flowers. It was only in 2016 when production of sugar ended.
The island of Maui has a unique selection of micro-climates that describe each of its distinctive regions: the Central and Upcountry Maui, leeward South and West Maui, and the windward North Shore and Eastside. The unique blend of tropical sunshine, trade winds, ocean breezes, and varying elevations account for a substantial marine influence on its climate. This weather environment puts Maui as the best island in the world to learn how to surf year round.
Maui cuts a stunning outline in the oceans of Hawaii. Most of its coastlines have backdrops from hardened molten rocks of lava that poured out millions of years ago. The cliffs, rock formations, ridges, and unscathed volcanic craters impressively speak of ancient Hawaii. The island also boasts beaches with white, golden, black, green, pink, and red color of sand. White sand is created by coral and shell, while red and black came from the pulverized lava rock.
Maui’s red sand beaches are some of the very few that exist around the world.
A top attraction of this beautiful volcanic isle are cliffs that descend directly into the sapphire-colored sea. Haleakala, known as the world’s largest dormant volcano, embraces 75% of Maui.
It displays the highest peaks and rocks rising above sea level with trails that offer a real hiker’s paradise. Most parts of the island are surrounded by rainforests, cliffs, lava coastlines, mountain ridges, and old plantations. The isle is also a leading destination for whale-watching due to Humpback whales migrating in the winter months to mate and birth in the sheltered waters of the Auau Channel.
In addition, Snorkeling, windsurfing, surfing, and stand-up paddling are popular in Maui. The Kanaha and Ho’okipa Beaches are world-renowned windsurfing spots if there are waves and no wind. Other favorite tourist spots include the Hāna Highway, Haleakalā National Park, Iao Valley, Lahaina, and Great Beer Tasting. Maui may get the credit for being Hawaii’s most historic island, but the intact remnants of Hawaii’s legend are tourist must-sees.
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