Fun Facts About Maui

When most people think “Maui,” the first word that comes to mind is “beach.” Of course, Maui’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world, with over 120 miles of accessible sand. But there’s more to Maui than just the 80 beaches and the Road To Hana.

Fun Facts About Maui

Nicknamed “The Valley Isle,” the second-largest island in Hawaii sits between two mountains. Visitors can see Maui’s incredible natural beauty close up. People in this part of the world have a life expectancy of over 80 years, so they must be doing something right.

Culture

Because Hawaii is populated by descendants from both Native Hawaiians and immigrants from other countries, Maui is now a multi-ethnic culture.  

The first immigrants were Polynesian and Tahitian, arriving about 1500 years ago. It was these groups who laid the groundwork for Hawaiian culture, including art, cuisine, the Hula, and Native Hawaiian religion. New immigrants brought a number of new plants for agriculture, since there weren’t many. The Polynesians also brought chickens and pigs for breeding.

Maui has adopted customs from other countries. One of those is to remove your shoes when entering someone’s home, as it is in Japan. It’s cleaner and a sign of respect.  Whether you’re visiting a small ohana or a stately manor home, it’s customary to your shoes before entering the home. Read more about these customs in our previous blog.

Food

Taro was one of the original foodstuffs on the Islands, and still is.

Farming is alive and well here, with a range of exports to the Mainland and worldwide. Maui is famous for some of its agricultural products, including:

  • Coconuts
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Pineapples
  • Coffee
  • Sugarcane
  • Papaya
  • Bananas
  • Watermelons
  • Sweet potatoes

One food you might not associate with Hawaii is Spam. Yes, the canned ham that has sustained military and civilians alike during WWII became a favorite after Mainland GI’s introduced it to locals. It needs no refrigeration and is always available. Restaurants throughout the Islands feature it, and you can get a sushi-like Spam Musubi at a place called Kuau Mart on Hana Highway just outside Paia. If you want to get a taste for Spam Poke Bowl and Hawaiian Pizza now, Spam’s own website offers an assortment of Hawaiian-style recipes using it.

Other Maui Trivia

The city of Lahaina has a Banyan tree that was imported from India. When it was planted in 1873, the tree was approximately eight feet high. Today, that same tree is now more than 60 feet high, is as big as a city block, offers an acre of shade, and is used as an outdoor venue.

Although there are no active volcanoes here, Haleakala is one that rises more than 10,000 feet above sea level and is visible everywhere on Maui. The Haleakala National Park offers scenery and hiking to explore all the surrounding areas.

Maui has no billboards thanks to a campaign in the 1920’s by The Outdoor Group.

Beaches on May have white, gold, red or black sands.

Hawaii is the only state that does not have English as its official language, which is called “Olelo Hawaii.”

The Hawaiian alphabet has just 13 letters, eight consonants and five vowels.

Maui isn’t just one island—it consists of  Maui county includes the Islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe.

Visit The Beach And More At Hana Kai Maui

Maui offers visitors a wide diversity in activity during a visit coupled with the Islands’ natural beauty. Our beautiful island has many big-city offerings nestled in a small-town vibe. When you visit Maui, you’ll understand why so many people never want to leave. 

When it’s time for you to experience Maui, call to book your next reservations at 1-800-346-2772, or book directly online. We’re open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Hawaii time to answer all of your questions. Get in touch today to begin reserving your visit to Hana Kai Maui.