The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands is Maui and it is one of the four islands that make up Maui County. The other three islands include Moloka’i, Lāna’i, and Kaho’olawe, which is unpopulated. At one time, Penguin Bank was part of the county as well, but it is now completely submerged in the water. Two volcanoes formed the island and the one on the West side has eroded quite badly and has now formed the West Maui Mountains. The volcano on the East, Haleakalā, has a height of more than 10,000 feet above sea level. The last volcanic eruption on Maui was back in 1790 and while Haleakalā is considered dormant, scientists still believe that it can erupt at some time in the future.
The weather in Maui is tropical and the temperature is normally the same every single day of the year. It is common to have a rain shower every day as well, however, some of them may be heavy on occasion.
Maui is one of the best places to watch humpback whales, because they winter in the Au’au Channel between the Maui County islands. A few of the main items grown on the island include macadamia nuts, papaya, sugar, pineapple, coffee, and tropical flowers. While the locals enjoy these items, most of them are exported to other parts of the world.
Interesting and Unique Facts about Maui
· No one can own a beach in Maui or keep others off of one, including exclusive beach resorts – it’s a law
· There are no billboards on the island
· There is three times the amount of vitamin C in Maui Gold Brand pineapples than any other brand of pineapples
· Lahainaluna High School was founded in 1831 and is the oldest school to the west of the Rocky Mountains
· There are 81 beaches on the island
· Charles Lindbergh was buried on the island in 1974 at the Palapala Ho’omau Church
· The capital city of the island is Wailuku
· The Road to Hana drive is 45 miles long that includes 54 one lane bridges and 600 hairpin turns
· Whale season is from the middle of November until early April
There is not as much to do on the island of Maui as there is on some of the other islands, but that does not mean that it is not a fantastic place to visit. If nothing else, people will be guaranteed a spot on the beach in the sand and the sun where they can sit and relax until it is time for them to return home.