Maui (pronounced “Mau-ee”) is one of the seven islands that make up the Hawaiian Chain, or state of Hawaii. It is between Hawai’i (the Big Island) and Oahu and is closely surrounded by three others: Molokai, Lanai and Kaho’olawe. It is is the second largest and known as the “Valley Isle”, it is most populous of the Hawaiian Island chain and is consistently voted “Best Island in the World” in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.
Most of the world’s environmental climates are found here, even snow occurs on volcano mountain tops in winter and skiing is available on the island of Hawaii! About 120,000 people live on Maui, not counting several thousand tourists who visit per month.
Major Industries of Maui
- Diversified Agriculture
Maui has a land area of 729 square miles. It is 48 miles long and 26 miles across at its widest point.
Did you know?
- Maui has more miles of swim-able beach than any other Hawaiian island.
- Maui has the largest dormant volcano in the world, Haleakala.
- Maui has the second highest waterfall in the United States.
- Maui had the lowest temperature ever recorded in the Hawaiian Islands – 11°F in 1961, atop Haleakala.
Maui is made up of 5 distinct areas (see below) each area offering own diverse environments, sub areas and communities, activities, sites, accommodations and with their own climates/weather patterns. Many moderate to elaborate hotels and condominiums to beach homes and exquisite luxury villas can be found on South and West Shores of Maui. The principal resort areas are located on the west and south shores. In each of these resort areas you will find exquisite prime resorts, golf, dining and beaches.
The Upcountry and North Shore areas do not have any commercial resorts or lodging types, if wanting something ‘off-the-beaten’ path and unique, then explore these areas.
Click on the links to explore Maui areas and the accommodations found in each or contact us to design your paradise vacation experience:
LODGING ON MAUI
MAUI SOUTH SHORE
MAUI WEST SHORE
Additional treat to consider in the fall, Halloween!! October 31st is celebrated on Maui in Lahaina as a grand Mardi Gras event – the main street is blocked off and everyone comes in costume (or comes to watch!) Some years, more than 20,000 people from the mainland as well as locals showed up to enjoy the festivities.
In the Spring, May 1, May Day is Lei Day. Celebrations are scheduled all over the island with lei making, lei competitions, music, food, and just all around local fun. A little bit of Hollywood makes its way to the Valley Isle with the Wailea Film Festival. A week long event the second week of June of awarding theatrical and short films, documentaries with many films taking place in a huge outside screen along with special parties for those “foodies”, music and meet and greets with stars under the Maui stars! Its an event you don’t want to miss. And June 12 is King Kamehameha Day with parades and celebrations. It is a festive state – always something to celebrate!
Check out our calendar of events to design your travel around.
Be prepared to bring a hearty appetite because Maui offers an exotic blend of savory dining. Indulge in the flavors of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, made from produce picked right from the farms of Kula and fresh caught fish. Try a traditional Hawaiian meal at a sunset luau or get off the beaten path to try some local favorites in small towns like Wailuku and Paia. On Maui you can feast on everything from haupia to hamburgers. Maui has a variety of casual local cafes as well as fine gourmet restaurants that serve up Pacific Rim cuisine, ethnic foods, and Hawaiian mixed plate to satisfy every appetite. To learn more about Maui restaurants just ask us but here’s a small list of some of our favorites:
Ono Bar & Grill in Kaanapali – West Shore
Merriman’s in Kapalua – West Shore
Stella Blues in Kihei – South Shore
Five Palms in Kihei – South Shore
Joe’s Bar & Grill in Wailea – South Shore
Flat Bread in Paia – North Shore
Milagro’s in Paia – North Shore
Café des Amis in Paia – North Shore
Mama’s Fish House in Kuau – North Shore
Sansei Sushi in Kihei – South Shore
MaLa in Wailea
Longhi’s in Wailea
Maui is a shopper’s paradise with its numerous galleries, international shops, designer boutiques and shopping malls not to mention its great farmer’s markets and swap meets. The shopping affords something for everyone, be it souvenirs, island or mainland clothing or accessories. Many carry Maui specialty items and products unique to Hawaii. These include hand-turned bowls and objects of beautiful native woods; oil paintings and sculptures, hats woven of lau hala; hand painted resort fashions; and one-of-a-kind jewelry, glass work, and art. The atmosphere of creativity and discovery can be attributed to the high numbers of artists, businesses and entrepreneurs who build lives of inspiration on Maui. Long the queen of specialty products, Maui has spread its wings to become one of Hawaii’s premier all-around shopping destinations. Here are some of the more popular shopping destinations:
Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului
Maui Mall in Kahului
Whalers Village in Ka’anapali
Paia Town in Paia
Front St in Lahaina
Lahaina Cannery Mall in Lahaina
Haleakala Volcano, winding road to Hana, the rain forest, luaus, hula shows, special Hawaiian and ethnic celebrations, whale watching during the winter months, surfing, snorkel and scuba adventures…Maui has it all! Inquire for more details and click here for sample itinerary for some of the best options.
The attractions and places consistently drawing the most visitors are Haleakala National Park, Lahaina Town, Iao Valley State Park, Haleakala Volcano, Hana and the Maui Ocean Center. Don’t forget the rain forest, luaus, hula shows, special Hawaiian and ethnic celebrations, whale watching during the winter months, surfing, snorkel and scuba adventures…Maui has it all!
Maui is a tropical island with a fairly mild year-round climate tempered by the Pacific Ocean. At sea level the average afternoon winter temperature is around 75°F during the coldest months of December and January. August and September are the hottest summer months with temperatures in the low 90s. The average temperature is 75°F – 85°F. Due to the prevailing trade winds, most rainfall hits the north or northeast facing shores, leaving the south and southwest areas relatively hot and dry.
All you’ll need is a pair of shorts, a swim suit, a sarong or two, some thong slippers, and a light wrap for evening and you are set to enjoy the ambiance that is Maui.