Maui is an area of 1,883 square kilometers, the second largest island of the archipelago of Hawaii. Because of the erosion caused by shallow land bridge (isthmus) between Mauna Kahalawai (“West Maui Mountains”) and the Haleakala Maui is also known as “The Valley Isle” because the land bridge looks like from the two mountain regions, such as a valley. Maui is part of the U.S. state of Hawaii and is the largest island in Maui County. The latter also includes the islands of Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Molokai. In 2000, counted 117 644 inhabitants Maui. The largest towns on the island are Kahului, Wailuku, Lahaina and Kihei.
At sea level there is one on Maui in all months of the year across stable, tropical climate. The average temperature in summer between 23 and 31 ° C, in winter at about 18 ° to 27 ° C. The water temperature of the Pacific is 22 to 27 ° C. The rainy season is from November to April. The annual rainfall varies considerably due to the topography of the island. Heard so the summit region of West Maui Volcano about 10 meters of rain a year of the wettest places on earth, while in Kihei , in the rain shadow of Haleakala , is only 250 mm annual rainfall has been made. The hurricane season in Maui goes from late summer to autumn. The last hurricane ‘ Iniki “(1992) wandered Maui only. The far more frequent tropical winter storms usually come from the southeast. Such storms are called Pineapple Express means. Maui’s tsunami risk. A good warning system has existed for decades. Every tourist should inform themselves about the spot.
Maui was one of more than two million visitors. The main tourist centers on the island, the coast between Lahaina and Kapalua and between Kihei and Wailea . While Oahu is visited mainly by Japanese tourists, Maui is for visitors from the U.S. mainland and Canada very popular. Among the many attractions of the island which include Road to Hana in the south, the Kahekili Highway in the north, 110km ² Haleakala National Park , the Iao Valley , and the world-famous surfing and wind surfing areas in the north of Maui ( Hookipa , Jaws, Lanes, Spreckelsville , Kanaha).