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Region of Maui Island

 

Region of Maui Island
Cities/Town :
Region : Maui Island
State : Hawaii
Country : United States
Continent : North America
Population : 144,444
Area : 1,883 sq km
Latitude : 20°48′N
Longitude : 156°20′W
Visiting Maui Island

 
Maui is the second largest island in the chain and is home to 10,023 foot (3,055 m) tall volcanic mountain crater of Haleakala. It is nicknamed "the Valley Isle" for the narrow plain between Haleakala and the West Maui mountains. On the west side of the island are the resort areas of Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua, while the south side is home to Kihei, and Wailea. On the east side is the tiny village of Hana, reached by one of the most winding and beautiful roads in the world.
 
CITIES AND TOWNS
  • Hana -- a small isolated town on the rugged eastern coast of Maui. It is well known for its 52 mile scenic drive which connects it to Kahului. The drive can take up to four hours, complete with one lane bridges and hairpin turns. Surrounding the city are lush rainforests, while rolling pastures are prevalent even on Main Street. Hana is home to the historic St. Sophia’s Church as well as beautiful black sand beaches running along the shoreline.
  • Haiku -- an iconic example of Maui’s cultural melting pot. Nestled ten miles upcountry past Paia, the township is known for its agricultural aspects and plantations. It consists of little more than a post office, several shops, and quiet suburbs.
  • Kahului -- was built in the 1950s by a plantation company, and hailed as a "dream city". It is the commercial hub and transportation center of Maui with the two largest malls, main airport and a deep-water port.
  • Kaanapali -- a tourist heavy region on the west coast. Close to Lahaina, this city sports many hotels and festivals to draw in visitors.
  • Kapalua -- rests at the foot of the West Maui Mountains and is home to one of the most luxurious resort areas on Maui. The region is comprised of a multitude of clear bays and sandy beaches, which showcase championship golf courses along with numerous boutiques and award-winning restaurants.
  • Kihei -- is a renowned tourist destination, featuring condos and beaches on the southwest coast near the volcano, Haleakala.
  • Lahaina -- was once a historic whaling village which has been transformed into a cultural center with many art galleries and museums. With various beach and whaling tours, the city has become one of the main tourist attractions on Maui.
  • Napili-- a beach town on northwest shore near Kapalua which offers calm waters protected by an offshore reef.
  • Paia -- became an important city when sugar mills were built nearby. Since their construction in the late 1800s, immigrants of diverse backgrounds including Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese flocked to the region for work. The beautiful rural area is currently known for its beaches and surfing/windsurfing locations.
  • Wailea and Makena -- are master-planned resort areas located just south of Kihei.
  • Wailuku -- the northwestern region of Maui, ten minutes from Kahului airport. The city offers as a gateway into the Lao valley, which was once a burial ground for Hawaiian Chiefs. It houses the county seat of Maui’s local government, and is a large commercial center with a variety of unique storefronts.
 
OTHER DESTINATIONS
  • Lahaina Town- Not even counting the beaches, Lahaina is the most visited spot in Maui. This is the only town in Maui with an extenuating menu for nightlife activity and where one can find all the action. Lahaina is nestled between the calm waters of the Auau Channel facing the island of Lanai and the verdant peaks and valleys of the West Maui Mountain Ranger. The town is perched on the western edge of Maui and is known as the gateway to the pristine beach resorts of Kapalua and Kaanapali which are located just to the north. Lahaina Town hosts some two million visitors a year. A little more than 9,118 people reside within the town's 5.8 square miles.
  • Haleakala National Park - has more endangered species than any other park in the NPS, even including species that are listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service but not native to the park. Isolation of the Hawaiian Islands from any mainland resulted in unique evolution here. There are only two native Hawaiian land mammals, the monk seal and the hoary bat. There are no native land amphibians or reptiles. Whales, turtles, dolphins and seabirds can sometimes be seen off-shore, while an afternoon spent looking for a glimpse of the freshwater inhabitants (shrimp, rock-climbing goby, other fish) can be a cool and rewarding way to spend your time. Haleakala is famous for its endangered silversword plant. Growing where it seems that almost nothing grows, it is a stunning contrast to the stark landscape.
  • Iao Valley - A Hawaiian nature center that offers educational programs and hiking tours. The valley center is open daily from 10-4. The Nature Center also features the Interactive Nature Museum where over 30-hands on exhibits can be found about the plants, animals, and natural history of Hawaii can be found. At the top of the ridge, there is a look out that over sees the valley and the Kahului Harbor.
  • Wailea Resort - Located in South, Maui Luxury. Nestled comfortably at the base of Haleakala along Maui's southern coast, Wailea is a resort community consisting of luxury hotels, private homes condominiums. Its name translates to "water of Lea." ( Lea is the goddess of Hawaiian canoe makers.) The resort also features an 18-hole golf course that host the annual Wendy's Champions Skins Game with appearances by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson. One could also enjoy tennis, the spa, shopping, and the beautiful beach.
  • Road to Hana- A Slice of Maui Heaven - Hana rests at the end of the 50-mile Hana Highway (360) tat features 600 hairpin turns and 54 one-lane bridges. Stop often to drink in the sheer natural beauty that surrounds you: bamboo jungles, tropical flowers, tranquil ponds and scenic vistas. Tip: If you are prone to motion sickness, this may not be the activity for you.


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