Maui Hawaii, Best of the Island

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The island of Maui is one of the islands of Hawaii, a state of the United States of America. Maui Hawaii is the second largest of the eight major islands of Hawaii.

Sunset in Maui

Sunset in Maui

Maui Hawaii is not nearly as large as the Big Island, nor is it as small as Lanai, as bustling as Oahu, or as quiet as Kauai. But for many Hawaii vacationers, Maui is just right — offering a taste of just about everything the Aloha State has to offer, from impressive wildlife to intriguing history and culture.

An aerial view of the rocky cliffs on Maui Hawaii

An aerial view of the rocky cliffs on Maui Hawaii

Maui Beach Hawaii

One of the archipelago’s most popular tourism spots, Maui is found sandwiched between the Big Island and the much tinier Molokai. Maui is divided into five distinct regions. Many travelers base themselves along the coasts of South Maui (home to the famous Wailea Beach) or West Maui, and the sands of Kaanipali Beach.

Maui Hawaii coast line

Maui Hawaii coast line

Known as the “Valley Isle,” Maui is dotted with quaint towns, artist communities, and local favorites that have been around for generations. Head to Wailuku for pastries from a “mom and pop” bakery, or head to Lahaina for a taste of Maui’s famed farm to table cuisine.

Molokini Crater Maui Hawaiian Islands

Molokini Crater Maui Hawaiian Islands

Best Island of Hawaii

From shimmering beaches and sacred Iao Valley to migrating humpback whales and sunset on Haleakala, it’s not surprising that the readers of Conde Nast Traveler voted Maui as the “Best Island” for 19 years.

Maui, Hawaii is one of the most sought after destinations on the planet. With over 2 1/2 million visitors in 2011 alone, people know that Maui is a special place.

Pacific sunset at Kaanapali Beach on Maui in Hawaii

Pacific sunset at Kaanapali Beach on Maui in Hawaii

Maui No Ka Oi

“Maui no ka oi” is what locals say—it’s the best, the most, the top of the heap. To those who know Maui well, there are good reasons for the superlatives. The island’s miles of perfect beaches, lush green valleys, and volcanic landscapes, as well as its historic villages, top-notch water sports, and stellar restaurants and resorts, have made it an international favorite.

Relaxation in Maui

Relaxation in Maui

Maui is also home to rich culture and stunning ethnic diversity, as reflected in the island’s wide range of food and traditional activities.

Lahaina Town – Not even counting the beaches, Lahaina is the most visited spot in Maui. This is the only town in Maui with an extenuating menu for nightlife activity and where one can find all the action. Lahaina is nestled between the calm waters of the Auau Channel facing the island of Lanai and the verdant peaks and valleys of the West Maui Mountain Ranger.

Sunset on the famous big beach Maui Hawaii

Sunset on the famous big beach Maui Hawaii

Haleakala National Park – has more endangered species than any other park in the NPS, even including species that are listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service but not native to the park.

Isolation of the Hawaiian Islands from any mainland resulted in unique evolution here.

Road to Hana – A Slice of Maui Heaven, Hana rests at the end of the 50-mile Hana Highway (360) tat features 600 hairpin turns and 54 one-lane bridges.

Watching the sunset from a swimming pool in Maui

Watching the sunset from a swimming pool in Maui

Stop often to drink in the sheer natural beauty that surrounds you: waterfalls, bamboo jungles, tropical flowers, tranquil ponds and scenic vistas.

Speak Hawaiian

Hello. Aloha. (ah-LOH-hah)

Goodbye. Aloha. (ah-LOH-hah)

Thank you. Mahalo. (mah-HAH-loh)

Help. Kokua. (koh-KOO-ah)

Bathroom. Lau. (lah-OOH)

(Maui Travel Guides)