Posted on 7/11/2023

5 Cool Facts About Maui

Maui is a gorgeous island with so much to offer. If you're coming to this unique island for a vacation, you're definitely going to have a fantastic time.

Here are 5 cool facts about Maui that you should know before you head to this tropical paradise.

  1. Maui is named after a god

According to Polynesian storytelling, Hawai'iola, a fisherman and adventurer, discovered the Hawaiian Islands.

The legend says that he had a son named after the demigod Maui. A proud father, he called the island of Maui after his son.

2. Maui is the Best Hawaiian Island to See Humpback Whales

Every year from December to March, you can see humpback whales off the island of Maui. Migrating to the warmer waters in the South Pacific, the whales give birth and mate.

Between the West Coast of Maui and the neighboring island of Lanai is the 'Au'au channel—the humpback whales like this channel's protection, allowing visitors to Maui to experience the most sightings.

3. Haleakala is the World's Largest Dormant Volcano

Making up over 75% of Maui's landmass is the volcano of Haleakala. Above 10,000 feet above sea level, the summit of this volcano has even seen snow!

With plenty of hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and different ecosystems available, Haleakala is definitely worth a visit. Hiking enthusiasts can trek between 10-16 miles through the crater and see the unique silversword plant that only grows on Haleakala.

It's a popular spot to visit for sunset, with gorgeous views of the entire island of Maui.

Pro tip: You must make a reservation to see the sunset! Check out the Haleakala national park website to do so.

4. Maui has lots of Microclimates

Despite its small size, the island of Maui has a wide variety of microclimates. Not only will you see the rainforest and mountainous climates, but there are also desert climates.

It's true that if you don't like the weather in Maui, you can take a quick drive down the road.

Kihei and Lahaina are desert microclimates, perfect for a hot and sunny beach vacation.

The West Maui Mountains are lush and green due to the rainforest microclimates, and you can see the mountainous climate in Kula (or upcountry).

5. Maui Gold Pineapples are Delicious

While it probably doesn't come as a surprise, Maui Gold pineapples are absolutely delicious. Compared to other brands of pineapples, Maui Gold Pineapples have three times the amount of vitamin C.

These pineapples are grown on the slopes of Haleakala and take 18 months to reach ripeness. Check out the pineapple plantation and take a Maui Pineapple Tour.


Maui is a fantastic island with a rich culture and gorgeous natural resources. It's a beautiful spot to visit and has so much to offer. These 5 cool facts about Maui barely scrape the surface of all that makes this tropical place so amazing to see.

What are you waiting for? Book your Maui vacation rental today!

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