19 Facts About Maui


Island of Maui is the second-largest of the islands of the state of Hawaii at 727.

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The Island of Maui is called the "Valley Isle" for the large isthmus separating its northwestern and southeastern volcanic masses.

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Maui is such a "volcanic doublet, " formed from two shield volcanoes that overlapped one another to form an isthmus between them.

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Maui itself has a wide range of climatic conditions and weather patterns that are influenced by several different factors in the physical environment:.

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Maui is home to a large rainforest on the northeastern flanks of Haleakala, which serves as the drainage basin for the rest of the island.

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Leeward Maui used to boast a vibrant dry 'cloud forest' as well but this was destroyed by human activities over the last three hundred years.

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Birdlife of Maui lacks the high concentration of endemic birdlife found in some other Hawaiian islands.

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Today, the most notable non-extinct endemics of Maui are probably the 'Akohekohe and the Maui parrotbill (Pseudonestor xanthophrys), known as Kiwikiu, both of which are critically endangered and only found in an alpine forest on the windward slopes of Haleakala.

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Birds found on other islands as well as Maui include the I'iwi, as well as the Nene (Branta sandvicensis, the state bird of Hawaii), Hawaiian coot (Fulica alai), and a number of others.

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Maui was centrally involved in the Pacific Theater of World War II as a staging center, training base, and rest and relaxation site.

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Recent estimates indicate that the total potential supply of potable water on Maui is around 476 million U S gallons per day, virtually all of which runs off into the ocean.

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Water for sugar cultivation comes mostly from the streams of East Maui, routed through a network of tunnels and ditches hand dug by Chinese laborers in the 19th century.

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In 2016, Maui residents convinced officials to switch to organic pesticides for highway applications after they found out that label requirements for glyphosate formulations were not being followed.

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Maui has a significant presence in agriculture and information technology.

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Maui High Performance Computing Center at the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing observatory in Kihei is a United States Air Force research laboratory center that is managed by the University of Hawaii.

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The north side of Maui absorbs the most swell during the winter season and the south and west in the summertime.

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Big tourist spots in Maui include the Hana Highway, Haleakala National Park, Iao Valley, and Lahaina.

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Maui County welcomed 2, 207, 826 tourists in 2004 rising to 2, 639, 929 in 2007 with total tourist expenditures north of US$3.

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Maui Bus is a county-funded program that provides transportation around the island for nominal fares.

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