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The Valley Isle and the second largest island of Hawaii

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Sunny greetings from the tropical rainforests of Maui! Maui, the Valley Isle, is the so-called "Valley Island". But where her nickname comes from, more about that later ... First of all, we would like to show where Maui, an island of the archipelago Hawaii lies: On the Hawaii map, the eight main islands line up like pearls on a necklace. Maui lies between Oahu, the island with the most inhabitants, and Big Islandthe Hawaii island with the largest area. Both islands are less than an hour away by plane, so island hopping is possible with little time.

360° panorama: view over Kīhei (Maui)

Together with the three islands Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokai Maui County is the largest island in the county. There are four major towns on the island of Maui that you should definitely visit during your trip: Kahului, Wailuku, Lahaina and Kihei. The small town Kapalua is also very popular with vacationers. Maui is 64 kilometers long (just under 40 miles) and 42 kilometers (about 26 miles) wide; that makes an area of 1883 km². Thus, this island is in the size comparison of all Hawaiian islands in second place, right after the main island of Hawaii (Big Island). But that does not mean that Maui is a hustle and bustle, on the contrary, compared to other Hawaiian islands it is quiet. In the dreamy places live altogether something over 140,000 Hawaiians. Thus, Valley Isle has significantly fewer inhabitants than Oahu and also than the Big Island. So there is enough space on Maui for vacationers from all continents 🙂 .

Maui (Hawaii) Shortfacts:

Maui is the second largest island of Hawaii and introduces itself in this article. We have summarized the most important information for you:
  • Current time: Clock,
  • Area: 1883 km²
  • Inhabitants: +140.000
  • Tourists in 2017: 2.740.000.
    • Of these, 21,000 came from Germany!
    • They spent an average of 8 days on Maui.
  • Tourists per day:
    • Mathematically, there are about 60,050 tourists on Maui every day.
    • 106 persons per km² are thus incl. inhabitants on the island.
  • Climate on Maui:
    • Daytime temperature: 27.6° to 31.8
    • Rainy days per month: 10-14 days
    • Sunshine hours in a month: 166 - 229 hours - then you walk in the moonlight at the pacific ocean along to the accommodation. For you alone you are also on a boat trip.
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But why do the inhabitants of Maui call their island the Valley Island? Like all Hawaii islands, this Pacific island owes its existence to volcanic activity. Many thousands of years ago, volcanoes erupted deep under the sea and Maui emerged in its present form. Two of these volcanoes you can still discover on your trip: The West Maui Volcano and the Haleakala. The larger of the two is Haleakala with 3055 meters - go up there and enjoy the view over Maui. This will be an unforgettable and unique experience on your Maui trip. It is also recommended to take a Hike in Polipoli State Park a natural reservoir on the Haleakala slope, about 10 miles from Kula. At the higher elevations it is immediately a few degrees cooler than on the beaches and in the south of the island.

For the price of 30 $ per car, you have access to the National Park, the volcano area and the Kipahulu District for 3 days. You can explore the area on different hikes. The Pipiwai Trail in the Kipahulu area, for example, which is formed by the Oheo Pools, partly by Bamboo Forest to Waimoku Falls is an extremely popular trail. You should plan for it!

Maui is a volcanic island, but do not worry, the volcanoes do not erupt today. A bridge of magma has formed between them over time. This piece of land connects the parts of the island. This has created a valley between the two mountains, a valley! And exactly this valley gives Maui the nickname "Valley Island".

Top sights on Maui

Iao Needle

Īao Valley State Monument (State Park)

Iao Valley translates as "Valley of the Kings". Iao was considered the god of all gods and the "highest light"....
Whale Watching Boat

Auau Channel | Lahaina Roads (Whale Watching)

The Hawaiian word Au'au translates as "to take a bath". The Auau Channel got this name because of the Kohola,...
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Road to Hāna

The most beautiful street of Maui The most spectacular road on Hawaii Island winds along Maui's northeast coast: the Road to...
Hookipa Beach scaled

Hoʻokipa Beach Park

Surfing Paradise on the North Shore in Maui A true paradise for surfers, Ho'okipa Beach Park is widely known among water sports enthusiasts....
Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater

Located between the south coast of Maui and Kaho'olawe Island, a very small, unusually shaped island rises from the Pacific Ocean....
hike maui haleakala

Haleakalā Crater & Haleakalā National Park

Who is on Maui, should see and experience in one day at least what formed this island: the volcano Haleakala. After all...
Iao Needle

Īao Valley State Monument (State Park)

Iao Valley translates as "Valley of the Kings". Iao was considered the god of all gods and the "highest light"....
Whale Watching Boat

Auau Channel | Lahaina Roads (Whale Watching)

The Hawaiian word Au'au translates as "to take a bath". The Auau Channel got this name because of the Kohola,...
road to hana maui 1

Road to Hāna

The most beautiful street of Maui The most spectacular road on Hawaii Island winds along Maui's northeast coast: the Road to...
Hookipa Beach scaled

Hoʻokipa Beach Park

Surfing Paradise on the North Shore in Maui A true paradise for surfers, Ho'okipa Beach Park is widely known among water sports enthusiasts....
Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater

Located between the south coast of Maui and Kaho'olawe Island, a very small, unusually shaped island rises from the Pacific Ocean....
hike maui haleakala

Haleakalā Crater & Haleakalā National Park

Who is on Maui, should see and experience in one day at least what formed this island: the volcano Haleakala. After all...

Information about Maui's inhabitants.

Maui is very popular with tourists - especially sun worshippers from the US mainland and Canada. So it's no wonder that the residents on the Focus tourism. This is true for the whole of Hawaii. Especially in the beach area around Lahaina and Kapalua and between Wailea and Kihei, most of the inhabitants live from the tourism industry. They are employed in a large hotel or resort on the coast, work in the numerous restaurants or help you discover the many highlights on Maui. Employees are also needed year-round at the airport, rental car companies, or at the golf courses and national parks.

Sunset at Haleakala Crater, Maui
Sunset at Haleakala Crater, Maui

However, there is more to Hawaii's second largest island than tourism and various visitor centers: the volcanoes have given the land extremely fertile soil, which the residents on Maui use for agriculture.

In the hinterland of the island, the area between Haleakala and the West Maui volcano, there are best climatic conditions for the Pineapple cultivation - the tropical fruit for which the islands are known. Sugar cane cultivation has also made up a large part of Maui's agriculture.

However, the era of sugar cane cultivation and plantation workers came to an end in December 2016. The growing and above all cheaper competition from China, Pakistan and Thailand, as well as the stop of subsidies by the US government caused this industry to collapse. The last still active sugar cane factory near Paia was then closed in 2016. In a museum, however, you can learn about the cultivation and the history and travel "back" to that time.

Even today on Maui Coffee and wine grown. At Kaanapali, you can even watch your later cup of coffee grow. Hawaii is the only coffee-growing region among the Western industrialized nations and thus has an absolutely unique selling point. The finest and most valuable coffee, however, comes from the neighboring Big Island - the famous Kona Coffee.

And yes, there is also wine in Hawaii. The slopes of Haleakala are ideal for growing wine. In addition to sparkling wine, white wine and red wine, pineapple wine and wine from the lilikoi (passion fruit) that grows there are also produced here, for example.

The area around Kipahulu is also exciting. There, the people live somewhat remotely and more originally. The farming community is not connected to the water supply and electricity. The residents in the Kipahulu district get their water from the streams. This part of the island used to be more populated, but since the 70s more people moved to the northwest coast to the Lahaina area due to whaling.

But most people on Maui move with the times and are partly ahead of it: The Maui High Performance Computing Center in Kihei develops high-performance computers, and at the top of Haleakala are also important U.S. telescope systems that researchers use to observe space to accompany scientific work and studies.

No matter when, Maui is worth a visit any time of year!

The Hawaiians will be accompanied by the Weather spoiled all year round. Also on Maui it is nice and warm all year round and never too hot: In summer the thermometer reaches up to 33 degrees and in winter it does not fall under 18 degrees. It is especially warm on the beaches and in the south, whereas on the north coast there is more precipitation and sometimes a -somewhat- cooler wind blows. But it is never really cold.

On the northwest coast, where the tourist centers are located, it is also drier than inland. In winter, that is, from November to March, it rains a little more on Maui. However, it gets really chilly on only the two mountains. So for a hike up there you better wear something warmer. Just to the Sunrise and sunset at Haleakala you definitely need a jacket and, for a change, closed-toe shoes and long pants. On Maui, winter is the best time of year for experienced surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers; and for those who like to get up close and personal with whale watching, an Whale Watch Tour in Lahaina to Auau Channel an.

With such a dreamlike climate, it is not surprising that there are more than two million tourists in the year on Maui drifts. At any time of year, there is much to discover on Maui from beaches to tropical forests to history. Surfing has tradition in Hawaii - so also on Maui. And not for nothing is the island named after the Demigod Maui Maui is considered the inventor of surfing: according to legend, he reached the sun with his big oar in just one stroke. Especially the surf spot Jaws at Peahi Beach is known among surfers all over the world, because here the waves can get enormously high in winter. Jaws was in the past often a spot for international Big wave surf competitions and has a high profile in the scene.

Besides surfing, Maui's beaches also offer plenty of opportunities to try other water sports (like canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, stand-up paddling, and more) in the turquoise waters of the ocean. The best way to do this is to check out our Maui Sights We describe there for the beach for which it is particularly popular and known, you will find valuable tips, addresses and much more.

But also just the underwater world on site and the green sea turtles (called Honu in the Hawaiian language) are of great popularity among visitors to the Islands. At Maluaka Beach (Turtle Town) The Wailea coast of Maui is home to many of these fascinating sea creatures. For this reason, Maluaka Beach also bears the secondary name Turtle Town 😉 .

Excursion boats to the crescent Molokini Crater often include a stop at Maluaka Beach to see the turtles. In order to observe the animals under water while swimming and eating, the snorkel should not be missing in your luggage. Green sea turtles on Maui like to feed on Anapanapa, a special red algae that grows there.

Most vacationers check into the visitor centers and hotels around Lahaina, Kapalua, Kihei, Kaanapali and Wailea. There is a hotel or resort for everyone here. Kaanapali Beach for example, was named America's best beach years ago, and not without reason. Three miles of white beach and turquoise, clear waters of Kaanapali attract tourists to this part of the island. It is here that you will find some of the most more upscale resorts. Nevertheless, the beaches are accessible to all, and not only for hotel guests. Besides luxurious accommodations - just those 5 star hotels - are also on the coast smaller accommodations and apartments settled. However, in the summer it can quickly happen that the hotels and accommodations are fully booked. Therefore, it is best to book as early as possible. If you need help, feel free to write us.

Welcome at the airport, Maui
Welcome at the airport, Maui

The capital Kahului is home to the island's airport: the Maui Airport. You can travel from Oahu, Kauai and the other Hawaiian Islands. But the island is also accessible internationally: The airlines offer flights from the major airports in the U.S. and Canada. For example, there are flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago or Toronto - often from Germany as a stopover for your Hawaii trip.

While the neighboring island of Oahu is particularly popular with Japanese tourists, Maui attracts tourists from North America. We like both Hawaiian Islands 😉 Each has its charm. 

Our beloved Maui - so incredibly green and versatile!

Nowhere on Maui gets too cold and you can always have a relaxing and exciting trip. But you should know one thing: Each part of the island has its own unique character - and a beach is always just a few miles away. Therefore we would like to give you some information about the different parts of the island and our favorite region on Maui. 

West Maui: Luxury vacation, dream beaches and Lahaina

Luxury harbor in Lahaina
Luxury harbor in Lahaina

If you look at the map of Valley Isle, you'll find a wide selection of hotels, resorts and resorts on the northwest coast. These are located near fine beaches, where there are almost always best bathing weather prevails. Between the cities Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua sind the connections are very good and you certainly won't get bored: heading north you can try your hand at surfing. The Honolua Bay, about 20 minutes drive north from Lahaina, is a popular spot for diving and surfing in the summer. The clear water is also very inviting for snorkeling. In winter the waves around Honolua are quite high and strong, and therefore only recommended for experienced surfers. The viewpoint above the cliffs offers the possibility to watch the pros in the waves from a safe distance. And do as the locals do: The back of a van can serve as a makeshift picnic table 😉.

And golfers will also get their money's worth: against the gorgeous backdrop of the rainforests you will find many Golf courses. Unfortunately, however, the areas of the golf courses on Maui take up too much space and so these very areas of nature are missing. Is nature connection and sustainability important to you, let it with the golf on Maui 😉

The city of the merciless sun, Lahaina, was once an important whaling town on Maui. The Pacific Whale Foundation offers some whale-watching tours departing there in winter. The whales, the largest mammals in the world, show themselves from December to April. Lahaina is also home to the Whalers Village Museum, a visitor center for those interested in the history of whaling.

Even King Kamehameha I once discovered the beautiful location of the romantic town of Lahaina and settled here with his subjects in his time. In Lahaina, you can wander hilariously through the small Boutiques flank, but also go on a journey back into the past. There are exciting museums and Sights - end the day in the historic harbor pubs.

East to North Maui: The Hana Highway with waterfalls and breathtaking views

The center for surfers is the small town of Paia - just behind the island's capital Kahului. Every year there are competitions in which athletes from all over the world compete in surfing. The reason are the meter-high waves, with which the east coast of Maui lures. Jaws or Peahi Beach is one of the world famous surf spots on the island of Maui. Between mile 13 and 14 of the Hana Highway you will find this beach, where in winter the absolute pros show their skills in the waves of the Pacific while you watch them from the picnic table. Ho'okipa Beach, just behind Paia, is also known for its good surfing conditions. More about Surfing in Hawaii you will find in our Hawaii Magazine. Whether you want to try your hand at surfing or not, Paia with its wooden houses and eclectic cafes, restaurants and bars with live music is not to be missed.

On the eastern part of the northern tip of Maui is the Nakalele Blowholea popular excursion site for tourists. In Poelua Bay is the geyser-like blowhole, through which, depending on the waves and tides, the water masses shoot up. At the Nakalele Blowhole, however, visitors are advised to be careful. The water can shoot up to 100 feet into the air, a certain safe distance must be kept for this natural spectacle.

The Road to Hana - a milestone on your Maui journey

Directly behind the surfer's paradise Paia begins the 84 kilometer long and winding Road to Hana. Rent a car locally from one of the rental car companies and go on a day-long journey of discovery - always following the narrow coastal road. The 65-mile road takes you over more than 50 bridges, some of which are single-lane, and features waterfalls unlike any you've seen before. Along the route you will find one or the other trail that brings you closer to Maui's nature and plenty of viewpoints of the ocean. For refreshment in between the small pools on the Hana road in the rainforest. Since the Hana Highway is a bit higher, you have wide views over Maui and the ocean - the perfect panorama for your photos or a map home.
The numerous hairpin curves and serpentines make the ride an adventure in itself. The road is the destination! The Road to Hana offers the opportunity to stop every few kilometers.

To name a few of the milestones... there's the Koʻolau Forest Reserve, a national park with picnic areas and hiking opportunities, the Ho'okipa Beach Park, a surfing spot and popular place with numerous turtles, which Twin Falls, the Maui Garden of Eden, a botanical garden in the middle of the green rainforest, the Nahiku Marketplace, a great place to have lunch and buy souvenirs, the Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach)where you can snorkel wonderfully, the Black Sand Beach (Wai'anapanapa State Park), Kipahulu, the fascinating Seven Sacred Pools (also known as Pools of Oheo) - it's worth it!
Unfortunately, there are very few parking spaces on the route and especially at the waterfalls. At the Twin Falls, for example, you have to pay for parking, at other smaller waterfalls such as the Hanawi Falls there are parking bays. Sometimes it is worth waiting a moment until something becomes free, but sometimes it is not possible to stop and you may have a chance to stop here on the way back.

If you want to learn more about the versatility and the sights of the legendary "Road to Hana" then this way to our detailed Road to Hana Guide with Map.

The heart of Maui with Kahului and Haleakala National Park

Hiking in Haleakala National Park
Hiking in Haleakala National Park

If you fly to the green island of Maui you will usually arrive in Kahului on - the Capital of Maui is home to the airport (airport code OGG) and a port for Container and cruise ships. You can stroll through the shopping centers in Kahului or learn more about the culture: In the capital you will find several museums, such as the Sugar Museum. Sugar cane had a great importance in the islands of Hawaii and the museum offers you interesting information about the history of the sweet commodity. The economic activities in Maui are concentrated on Kahului and to the nearby Wailuku. Just behind Wailuku begins the Iao Valley - also called the Needle Crater. Take a short trip into the valley and discover where it got its name: In the middle of the valley stands the Iao Needle - this pointed, needle-shaped rock is 370 meters high and densely overgrown. You can see the colorful plants and gentle streams here in the Kepaniwai County Park during a walk. From Wailuku and from Kahului you can reach the top of Maui by rental car. At the top at an altitude of over 3000 meters is the Haleakala National Park situated. For the 80 km long route you need about 1.5 to 2 hours. The view and the interplay of the many colors make you forget the drive up: The underground of lava shimmers sometimes red, sometimes in green, blue or yellow. The volcano park offers a lot of wonderful and unique photo motifs for your vacation memories.
Enjoy the variety of rare flowers and shrubs on the trails through the volcanic crater and on the crater rim. On Maui, you can visit Puʻu Kukui, the highest mountain in West Maui, as well as Haleakala, which is formed by the Silver sword threatened with extinction, a silver shimmering plant, marvel at. The silver sword grows nowhere else in the world, so it is a real rarity. If you want to learn more about the flora and fauna of Haleakala National Park, you can find a lot of information at the visitor center there.
On your trip to Haleakala, be sure to stop in Makawao, a small cowboy town in the Upcountry. Cute cafes, boutiques and stores invite you to stay there. There is also a small museum that informs about the history of the place.

Off to snorkel in sunny South Maui

Tommy snorkeling with Hawaii's turtles
Tommy snorkeling with Hawaii's turtles

While the east and north of Maui can be a bit rainy in the winter, little of it arrives on the south coast. The south of Maui is so sunny and dry like hardly any other region in Hawaii and is one of the regions with the least rainfall at all. No wonder that tourists like to spend their vacations here. Fine beaches, gentle waves and sheltered bays - in the shallow water off Kihei you can relax and swim with the family or discover the Pacific Ocean while snorkeling. Kihei is particularly family-friendly: large apartments and hotels as well as recreational activities for young and old are plentiful here. Want to find out more about vacationing with the family? Feel free to contact us and find out more in our Magazine articles about Hawaii with children.

In the south of Maui is also the small Port city Maalaea from here not only the fishing boats leave, many boat tours, for example to the Molokini Crater and Turtle Town (Maluaka Beach), also depart from here. It is best to register online. If you're lucky, you'll discover in winter the Humpback whales off the coast: From December and purely until April the whales come. Maalalea Bay also invites you to go diving. Book around Wailea in the many schools your diving experience - especially popular is the underwater world off Molokini, a small, crescent-shaped crater island and at the Makena State Park: Here you can together with the peaceful Sea turtles swimming and snorkeling.

The destination for all romantics - Maui for lovers

Whether for adventurers, beach lovers, culture enthusiasts and families - on Maui the dream vacation is waiting for everyone. And: Maui can also be romantic. The island is a popular honeymoon and wedding destination for many couples.

For your Wedding offers here a dreamlike scenery and also on for the two-seasonal Honeymoon there is plenty of romance to be had on Maui. Is there a more beautiful place to get married than a fine sandy beach, turquoise blue water, a colorful and magnificent nature, palm trees and sun guarantee? Nature with its overgrown volcanoes provides the perfect background for this. West Maui is especially popular for Beach weddings.

You want a little luxury for the occasion? The elegant resorts in Wailea offer you the perfect place to get married - right on the beach and with a fine menu, the most beautiful day of your life will be perfect. You are not sure yet? On Maui you have professional Wedding Planner and photographers to the side. Whether on our website or on site - let the professionals advise you so that your wedding becomes the dream wedding. Romantic hours are guaranteed on Maui!

Romantic hours are guaranteed on Maui!
Romantic hours are guaranteed on Maui!

After the wedding, you and your partner can enjoy a relaxing time together. On Maui you will find the right accommodation and activities for your romantic time. Depending on your needs, you can choose from a bed and breakfast to a 5-star hotel. Start the day with a dreamlike Sunrise at the crater rim of Haleakala volcano and walk one of the numerous trails in Polipoli State Park or at Haleakala Crater. Afterwards discover in pairs the curved Road to Hana with all its hairpin curves, which leads along numerous waterfalls. You can then have lunch in one of the typical Hawaiian restaurants. You can end the eventful day in one of the quiet bays - then you take a walk in the Moonlight on the Pacific Ocean along to the accommodation or book a boat trip.

Maui travel guide questions: Everything so far so (un)clear? 😉

In our travel guide to Valley Isle we have tried to pack the most important information for you. And if you are missing something, then write us!

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Your questions, answered by us:

Maui is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and is with 1883 km² the second largest island of the archipelago Hawaii. The Hawaiian islands form the 50th state of the USA since 1959 and can be reached in about 6 hours by plane from California. The distance to the mainland is just under 4000 km to the US west coast.

Maui is the largest island of Maui County, which combines the islands of Maui, Molokai and Kahoolawe.

Geographically, however, Hawaii is not assigned to the American continent. It is a part of Polynesia, which is assigned to Oceania island world equal to the continents. The chain of islands forms the northern tip of the so-called Polynesian Triangle and belongs to the South Sea Islands.

The largest airport on Maui is Kahului Airport (OGG). It is served from Oahu's capital Honolulu.

Direct flights from the U.S. mainland depart, for example, from cities such as Los Angelos (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Anchorage (ANC) in Alaska, or even Vancouver (YVR) in Canada.

In addition to Kahului Airport, there are two other small airports, Kapalua Airport (JHM) in West Maui and Hana Airport (HNM) in East Maui.

Maui is the second largest island of the Hawaiian archipelago and is also called Valley Island, which translates as "island of valleys".

Due to erosion, a shallow land bridge (isthmus) was formed between Mauna Kahalawai, the West Maui Mountains, and Haleakalā, Maui's highest mountain and also massive shield volcano, which occupies 75% of the island's area.
This land bridge looks like a valley from the mountainous regions, from where the island got its name Valley Island.

The island of Maui owes its name to Polynesian mythology.

According to the Maori (indigenous people of New Zealand), there was a demigod named Maui, also known as Māui-tikitiki, who was distinguished by his heroic deeds and acumen. It is said that he once defeated the sun or stole the fire for the people.

Hawaiian mythology, which Hollywood blockbusters also like to use, also features the demigod Maui, to whom the island owes its name. According to legend, Maui was able to transform into any animal.

Maui, Hawaii's second largest island, has two official languages: Hawaiian and English.

The Hawaiian or Hawaiian language (proper name: ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi) is the language of the Polynesian natives of the island archipelago.

There is a third language on the islands, but it is not nearly as well known or widely spoken. Hawaii Creole English or Hawaii Pidgin English is a creole language based on English and incorporating loanwords from Hawaiian and several other European and Asian languages.

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