Six Interesting Facts about Maui, Hawaii

Maui offers one of many beautiful parts of Hawaii with spectacular views and natural beauty. Most people think ‘paradise’ when they hear of Maui, but there are some cool things you may not know. Read a little about the island, and learn why it’s an interesting place to see.

Six Fun Facts About Maui, Hawaii

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The Urban Legend

A popular legend concerning the island involves a story about a demigod named Maui. Legend says the island is shaped to resemble Maui’s head and body. The legend also says Maui pulled the Hawaiian islands from the sea and lassoed the sun on Haleakala, a volcano to the east of the island.

A Hikable Volcano Overlooks the Island

There are no active volcanoes on Maui. However, visitors can hike Haleakala, a shield volcano that rises 10,023 feet above sea level. The Haleakala National Park provides a scenic place to explore the peak and the areas around it. Haleakala means “house of sun” in Hawaiian, and the massive volcano is visible on nearly every part of the island.

It Has a Distinct Nickname

Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian island, with a population of less than 200,000. Its nickname is Valley Isle because the island sits between two mountains. Each Hawaiian island has their own nickname based on their distinct characteristics.

You Can Drive Through a Rain Forest

Rated a Drive of a Lifetime by National Geographic, Hana Highway measures more than 60 miles. The highway features a whopping 620 curves and 59 bridges. Get up early, grab the camera, and drive through waterfalls, seascapes and pools.

Maui Has a Rainbow of Sand

In Maui, find three different sand colors: black, white and red. Black sand is created by the island’s pulverized lava rock that makes up most of its composition. Coral and shells help create white sand, and many Maui beaches feature the classic color. Red sand also comes from lava, however its coloration is due to iron-rich content. Maui also features more than 30 miles of beaches.

A Tree Doubles as a Venue

The Banyan tree is located in Lahaina on the island of Maui. A popular attraction, the tree stands more than 60 feet tall. It was originally 8 feet tall when it was first brought to the island from India. Today, the tree is the size of a full city block, and visitors can walk nearly an acre under its shade. The Banyan also serves as a spot for special events and arts activities.

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