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The Polynesians named Maui after a demigod who was a restless trickster with superhuman strength, creative power, and playfulness. Legend has it that Maui snagged the Hawaiian Islands from the sea while fishing, captured the sun as it raced across the sky, and ordered it to slow down. In reality, the island of Maui is the product of volcanic eruption beginning more than two million years ago. Haleakala, Maui’s currently-dormant volcano, is expected to erupt a few more times before drifting off to sleep forever.
As with each of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui features pristine rain forests, arid, cactus-filled deserts and green, fertile farmland. Maui is brimming with unique flora and fauna, spectacular beaches, towering waterfalls, and a vibrant underwater world beyond compare.
Maui is without question the playground of the Hawaiian Islands. From luxury resorts, to unique bed & breakfasts, upscale shopping to big, outdoor swap meets, miles of multi-colored sand beaches to waterfalls and freshwater pools—plus virtually every outdoor sport known to man—no other island in the world can deliver the variety of experience that Maui has to offer.
Maui: Essential Facts
Learn these Maui factoids and you will know more than most on your dream Hawaii vacation: