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Maui is part of the state of Hawaii,second largest Hawaiian Island famous for tourist attractions.

Area 1,900 km2

Highest point Haleakala
Population 144,444 (as of 2010)
Density 162/sq. mi. (62/km2)
Official Insignia
Flower Lokelani
Color Akala (pink)
significant places include Kahului,Wailuku,Kihei, Lahaina, Makawao, Paia, Kula, Haiku, Hana, Kaanapali, Wailea, Makena, and Kapalua.
Founded by: Hawaiiloa a polynasian navigator
Name originated: from name of founder 's son's name Maui
Volcanic activity: maui is abundant of volcanoes,mostly considered dormant by volcanologists.
Maui is also called the "Valley Isle" for the large isthmus between its northwestern and southeastern volcanoes and the numerous large valleys carved into both mountains.Maui is such a "volcanic doublet",overlapped volcanoes to form an isthmus between them.

highest of the peaks:PuuKukui, Haleakala (one of the world's highest mountains).

Climate of the Maui : two-season year, mild and uniform temperatures everywhere, extensive cloud formations high relative humidity, extensive cloud formations, most of Maui is situated within few miles from costline. This account for the strong marine influence on Maui's climate, but rainfall varies over various places because of mountains regulating the air flow. for example about 3,000 feet above on Haleakala, rainfall decreases rapidly with elevation. Relative humidity may be ten percent or less. The lowest temperatures in the state are experienced in this region: air temperatures below freezing are common.

Funfacts about Rain fall
even though showers are very common, its a sudden sprinkle of rain and it's over. Even the heaviest rain showers are seldom accompanied by thunder and lightning. the annual average rainfall exceeds 300 inches (7,600 mm) along the lower windward slopes of Haleakala, particularly along the Hana Highway..Rainfall is most likely to occur during the night or morning hours, and is least likely to occur mid-afternoon.

Tourism /vacations

Maui is a leading whale-watching center in the Hawaiian Islands,The whales migrate approximately 3,500 miles (5,600 km) from Alaskan waters each autumn and spend the winter months mating and birthing in the warm waters off Maui, with most leaving by the end of April. Humpbacks are an endangered whales species protected by U.S. federal and Hawaii state law, their numbers have increased rapidly in recent years, estimated at 7% growth per year. Aston Hotels Maui and similar Resorts arrangge so called whale watching cruise trips . Conde nast traveler awarded Maui the best island on earth on 2010

Maui is home to a large rainforest on the northeastern flanks of Haleakala, which serves as the drainage basin for the rest of the island. The extremely difficult terrain has prevented exploitation of much of the forest.

pollution:Maui's extraordinary coral reefs have been damaged by pollusion and tourism, although finding sea turtles, dolphins, tropical fish, are still possible.

Historic Activities
Captain James Cook became the first European to see Maui.
First European to visit Maui was the French admiral Jean-François de La Pérouse
Missionaries started the first school in Lahaina, which still exists today
Lahaina was a major whaling center with anchorage in Lahaina Roads; in one season over 400 ships visited Lahaina with 100 berthed at one time. Whaling declined steeply at the end of the 19th century as petroleum replaced whale oil.

The island was annexed by the United States in 1898 and made a territory in 1900.
Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state in 1959.

Maui was centrally involved in the Pacific Theater of World War II as a staging center, training base, and for rest and relaxation. Beaches (e.g.Haiku, in Kihei) were used to practice landings and train in marine demolition and sabotage.

The island experienced rapid population growth through 2007, when Kihei was one of the most rapidly growing towns in the United State
Most recent years have brought droughts and the Iao aquifer is being drawn from rates above 18 million U.S. gallons (68,000 m3) per day, possibly more than the aquifer can sustain. Recent estimates indicate that the total potential supply of potable water on Maui is around 476 million U.S. gallons (1,800,000 m3) per day, many times greater than any foreseeable demand.

In 1974 Emil Tedeschi of the winegrower family of Calistoga, Napa Valley established the first and only Hawaiian commercial winery, the Tedeschi Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch.

Real-estate development: Maui had so-called "vacation rentals" also called condos / conde rental in which homeowners rent their homes to visitors, and the Super Ferry preoccupied local residents. Vacation rentals are now strictly limited, with greater enforcement than previously. The Super Ferry, which offered transport between Maui and Oahu is now defunct.

The two major industries on Maui are agriculture and tourism. Agriculture value-added enterprises are growing rapidly.Sugarcane operation once very wastly existed in Hawaii is disappearing fastly due to excessive water usage.

Important Institutions

The Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC)in Kihei is a U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Center which is managed by the University of Hawaii,provides more than 10,000,000 hours of computing time per year to the research, science, and military communities.Maui Research and Technology Center,is located in Kihei.whose focus is to facilitate the growth of Hawaii's commercial high technology sector.Maui is also an important center for advanced astronomical research. The Haleakala Observatory was Hawaii's first astronomical research and development facility.

Tourism in Hawaii

The big tourist spots in Maui include the Hana Highway, Haleakala National Park, and Lahaina.

The Hana Highway runs along the east coast of Maui, curving around many mountains and passing by black sand beaches and waterfalls. Haleakala National Park is home to Haleakala, a dormant volcano. Lahaina is one of the main attractions on the island with an entire street of shops and restaurants which lead to a wharf where many set out for a sunset cruise or whale watching journey. Snorkeling can be done at almost any beach along the Maui coast. Surfing and windsurfing are also popular on Maui beaches .

The main tourist areas are West Maui (Kaanapali, Lahaina, Napili-Honokowai, Kahana, Napili, Kapalua), and South Maui (Kihei, Wailea-Makena). The main port of call for cruise ships is located in Kahului. A smaller port is found in Maalaea Harbor located between Lahaina and Kihei. Tourist arrivals (mostly from japanese, america ( usa ) , canada ) and stay are rising. One example is Maui Banyan Resort which is home to several of banyan trees and thus the name is located across from Kamaole Beach II, one of Maui’s finest beaches. Online reservations are available for booking stay in advance for any calendar season. Maui is more urban with busy night life, while nearby Big island is more quite and serene.

Tourism Recognition
Maui has won several travel industry awards as Best Island In The World, but in recent years concerns have been raised about the overdevelopment of Maui. A number of activist groups, including Save Makena have gone as far as taking the government to court to protect the rights of local citizens.

Coming Events
2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions Qualified Field Golf tournament may attract more visitors
Maui Ocean front Marathon 2012 is going to occurr in Jan 12 2012, which is days away from now. The Marathon runs north from Wailea through Kihei and along some of the prettiest beaches in the world and ends in Old Lahaina Town See whales and surfers.

Travel Resources
Prepare visits to Maui with Fodor travel information guides/docs/ travel maps. Many attractive hotel air packages are available on this occassions. Study by searching in google with keyword maui, check related blog entries, youtube videos.

Three airports provide scheduled air service to Maui:

Hana Airport in eastern Maui
Kahului Airport in central Maui
Kapalua Airport in western Maui

The Maui Public Bus Transit System is a county-funded program that provides transportation around the island .
cars, minivan, Campers and campervan which are available for hire on rental are commonly available and is used for private field trips, camp stays. holiday trips.

Name misdirected / Influences :
Despite the name Maui Taylor (Maureen Anne Rodriguez Tupaz) has no connection with Maui, she is a philippino actress, model, singer, acting in films and tv shows .

Maui Jim (Maui gim)Designer sun glasses are born in the beaches of hawaii beaches, which effectively control sun glare, now widely used sun glasses world wide.

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* Maui sunset

* Maui beach

* Snorkeling - Maui

* Maui mountain view

* Maui beach view

* Maui resort view
maui big island private beach view

* Big Island
maui big island resort beaches

* Haleakala Observatory
The road up the peak of the Haleakala volcano where there's an observatory.

* Hawaii rainforest
thick rain forest of maui

* Beaches of maui
cloudy beach of maui big island

* Images courtesy Flickr.com and its vibrant members