Island of Maui
The Island of Maui is a 727 square-mile home to numerous beaches, waterfalls and microclimates. This paradise was formed from two large shield volcanoes - this is evidently seen from the two very distinct parts to the island.
The western part is the older segment of the island and was formed by the volcano Puu Kukui. The eastern segment was the result of the eruption of the big Haleakala. The lava that spilled between them formed a huge valley - hence where the Island of Maui is also called "The Valley Isle".As time has passed the Hawaiian Island of Maui's geography has gradually been altered creating a landscape that is as varied as the societies that occupy it. The island has several distinct areas:
- The central part of the island - "central Maui " - is where a large proportion of the population lives and is also home to the local government. Major settlements include Kahului and Wailuku.
- West Maui holds the best scenic views - mountains, beaches and a wilderness that captivates and leaves many visitors breathless. Lahaina, Kaanapali and Napili Bay are all major places of interest in this part of the Island of Maui.
- The south part is a sun bather's paradise as it is the hottest and driest point on the island. Here you will find the beautiful and quiet Makena Beach as well as the towns of Kihei and the luxury resort filled Wailea.
- The eastern most part is home to the tropical village of Hana which lies between the crystal blue Pacific and a lush rain forest. This is the perfect place if you are looking to relax away from the demands of the modernized world.
- The last area is that known as "Upcountry Maui" - and is so called because it lies on the slopes of Haleakala. A virtual earthly heaven this area of the Island of Maui cannot be missed. Be sure to see the Haleakala National Park.
Below are a few invaluable visitor facts pertaining to the :
- Hospital - there are hospitals in Central (Maui Memorial in Wailuku), Upcountry (Kula Hospital in Kula) and East Maui (Hana Medical Centre on Hana Highway). For emergencies in West Maui there is a doctor located at the West Maui Healthcare Centre in Kaanapali.
- Dentists - in the event of a dental emergency assistance can be found at the Kihei Dental Centre, 1847 S. Kihei Road. Alternatively if you are closer to Lahaina please visit the Aloha Lahaina Dentists, 134 Luakini Street.
- For General emergencies dialing 911 will connect you through to the emergency services.
- American Express Centers can be found at the Grand Wailea Resort in South Maui or at the Westin Maui at Kaanapali Beach.
- For further information on the Island of Maui please contact the Maui Visitors Bureau located at 1727 Wili Pa Loop in Wailuku. Or please phone 808-244-1337.