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Get to Know the Island of Maui

If you do a quick search online of the best places to visit in Hawaii, most of the search results are going to come back with great information about Maui. The island is a gem among gems, and is often voted as one of the best vacation destinations in the world. Even Hawaiian locals think Maui is the best of the islands, and plan getaways to the Valley Isle as an escape from their home island. Getting to Maui is easy, and once you arrive; there is plenty to do.

With miles of white sand beaches, a dormant volcano, and some of the best restaurants in the state, Maui is a great place to vacation, and its really a place that everyone should visit at some point in their life. Here are great tidbits and interesting facts about the island that will help to get you excited for your trip.

  • Along the entire coastline Maui features more than 80 beaches, with multiple colors of sand. Most beaches feature powder white sand, and also features black and red sand beaches.
  • There are many farms on the slopes of Haleakala, growing coffee, macadamia nuts, papaya, sugarcane, and pineapple, as well as lavender.
  • Ho’okipa Beach Park, located on the North Shore is famous for windsurfing.
  • Maui is well known for the incredible snorkeling locations all over the island and there are over 30 beaches and bays that are great for snorkeling.
  • Did you know that Maui has a winery? The only winery in Hawaii is the Maui Winery, and is located on the slopes of Haleakala.
  • Haleakala is the dormant volcano that encompasses about 75% of the island. It last erupted in the 17th century.
  • The ecology of Haleakala is unlike anywhere else in the world, and many believe that the interior of the volcano best represents what the surface of Mars is like.
  • On the slopes of the volcano you’ll find the Silversword, a rare species of plant that is found only on Haleakala. It requires very specific condition and is found above 6,900 feet in elevation.
  • The Hana Highway connects Kahului to Hana, and was originally constructed to transport sugar cane workers. It includes more than 600 curves and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
  • Lahaina was once the capital of Hawaii, and was the center of the world’s whaling industry for many years.
  • Maui County comprises Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe, and they all make up one single island, if every part of their land was above sea level.
  • There are many places to stay around Maui, but most visitors stay in Wailea, Kihei, or Ka’anapali.

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