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Facts About the Island of Maui

General information, statistics, and facts about the island of Maui in Hawaii.

Size:
Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands with a land area of 729 square miles. It is 48 miles long and 26 miles across at its widest point.

Population:
117,644. Ethnic mix: 36% Caucasian, 23% Japanese, followed by Hawaiian, Chinese and Filipino.

Biggest Towns:
  • 1. Kahului
  • 2. Wailuku
  • 3. Lahaina

    Major Industries:
  • 1. Tourism
  • 2. Sugar
  • 3. Pineapple
  • 4. Cattle
  • 5. Diversified Agriculture

    Average Temperature:
    75-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Miles of Shoreline:
    120 linear miles.

    Number of Beaches:
    81 accessible beaches. 39 have public facilities. Sands may be white, gold, black, salt and pepper, green or garnet, due to ancient volcanic activity.

    Principal Resort Areas:
    In West Maui the principal resort areas are Ka’anapali and Kapalua; South Maui’s prime resorts are Makena and Wailea. Hana, Kihei, Ma’alaea, Napili, Honokowai and Upcountry are also visitor destinations.

    Highest Peak:
    Haleakala Volcano (dormant), 10,023 feet. The summit depression is 21 miles across, and 4,000 feet deep, large enough to hold the island of Manhattan.

    Number of Hotels:
    Approximately 61, with 10,664 rooms.

    Number of Vacation Condominiums:
    Approximately 103, with 7,343 units.

    Number of Bed And Breakfast Inns:
    40

    Number of Visitors Annually:
    Approximately 2.2 million visitors visit Maui each year.

    Number of Whales Annually:
    Approximately 3,000 whales winter in Maui waters. There are only 7,000-8000 humpback whales surviving today. An adult whale is 45 feet long and weighs 40 tons. Baby whales born in Maui waters weigh a mere 2,000 pounds.

    Most Popular Visitor Attractions:
    The attractions and places consistently drawing the most visitors are Haleakala National Park, Lahaina Town, ‘Iao Valley State Park, Hana and the Maui Ocean Center.

    Parks:
    There are 10 state parks, 94 county parks and community centers and one national park, Haleakala National Park.

    Golf Courses:
    Maui has sixteen golf courses.

    Airports: The main airport is in Kahului at the center of Maui. There is also a smaller airport in Kapalua (West Maui), and a commuter airport in Hana. All major airlines offer direct service from the U.S. and Canada to Maui.

    Maui Superlatives

    • Maui has been voted "Best Island in the World" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for ten consecutive years and "World’s Best Island" by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine for five years.


    • Maui has more miles of swimmable 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 degrees in 1961, atop Haleakala.
    See also:
  • Maui Facts from Maui-Info.com
  • Wikipedia on Maui



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