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Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727 square miles (1883 kmp). Native Hawaiian tradition gives the origin of the island's name in the legend of Hawai`iloa, the Polynesian navigator attributed with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. The story relates how he named the island of Maui after his son who in turn was named for the demi-god Maui. According to legend, the demi-god Maui raised all the Hawaiian Islands from the sea. The Island of Maui is also called the "Valley Isle" for the large fertile isthmus between its two volcanoes. Maui is part of the State of Hawai and is the largest island in Maui County. The island had a resident population of 117,644 in 2000?third within the state behind the islands of O`ahu and Hawai`i.

The population is diverse, with many ethnic groups having originally arrived in the islands to work sugar cane and pineapple plantations from countries of the Western Pacific rim. Maui is part of Maui County, the other islands comprising the county being Lnai, Kaho?olawe, and Moloka?i. The larger towns on Maui Island include Kahului, Wailuku, Lhain, and Khei. See Maui County for a list of towns.
Maui welcomed 2,225,060 tourists in 2002. The main tourism centres are Lahaina to Kapalua and K?hei-Wailea, each of which has several luxury resort hotels. Whereas Oahu is most popular with Japanese tourists, Maui tends to appeal especially to visitors from the US mainland and Canada.

Maui is a leading whale-watching center in the Hawaiian Islands due to the fact that many Humpback whales winter in the sheltered ?Au?au Channel between the islands of Maui county. The whales migrate approximately 3,500 miles (5,600 km) from Alaskan waters each autumn and spend the northern hemisphere winter months mating and birthing in the warm waters off Maui. The whales are typically sighted in pods: small groups of several adults and one or more calves. Humpbacks are an endangered species protected by U.S. federal and Hawai?i state law. There are estimated to be about 3000 humpbacks in the North Pacific.

Among the many features on Maui popular with tourists are the "Road to H?na" (the drive from the central valley to H?na and beyond), the drive up to Haleakal? crater, Makawao (and Maui's Upcountry region), the ??ao Valley, and Lindbergh's grave (near Kaup? on East Maui).

Maui Travel cool tours ! (from

  • Maui Travel: rainforest adventure

  • Travel to Hana and have a rainforest adventure.
  • Maui Travel: Ulalena show"

  • Ulalena - awarded "best show" by the Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau!
  • Maui Travel: submarine adventure

  • Hop on a Submarine & dine at a Luau.
  • Maui Travel: watch for whales

  • Watch for whales & dive to the underwater depths on a Submarine.
  • Maui Travel: enjoy Lei Greeting

  • Enjoy a special Lei Greeting for you and your loved ones!
  • Maui Travel: great surf adventure !

  • Cowabunga! Surf the gorgeous waters of Maui with surf lessons for beginners.

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