The County Of Maui

It’s the only US state that grows coffee, pineapple, lavender, a host of other well-known crops. Renewable energy, technology, and tourism stand alongside agriculture here along with year-round tropical weather that tourists can’t get enough of. 

The County Of Maui

In 2019, more than 3 million people spent their vacation time here, spending over $5 billion last year. Some tourists become residents, leading to the .48% population increase. At last count, roughly 169,000 people call Maui home and live here full time, about an 8.1% increase over the 2010 US Census.

As Hawaii’s second-largest island, Maui is just 728 square miles. Maui is known worldwide for some of the most amazing beaches with multicolored sand, surfing, and other outdoor adventures not equaled anywhere else. But there’s more to Maui than just beaches and surfing.

The Valley Isle

Maui gets its nickname from the Iao Valley, but the county actually consists of four islands: Maui, Lanai, most of Molokaʻi (save for the part belonging to Kalawao County), and two uninhabited islands, Kahoʻolawe, and Molokini. These islands are the remnants of the Maui Nui land mass.

Maui County is the third largest county in the state of Hawaii. Maui County measures a total of 2,398 square miles, including 1,162 square miles of land and 1,237 square miles of water. Haleakalā, the shield volcano located on the eastern side of Maui (the islands) is 10,023 feet, the highest point on the islands.

Government & Taxes

Unlike other US states, there are only county governments, no separate city or municipal governments. Maui is governed by a nine-member city council and a mayor, who are separately elected. The County of Maui’s seat of government is in Wailuku.

The County of Maui provides municipal services such as:

  • Streets/highways
  • Public safety
  • Parks and recreation
  • Water/sanitation
  • Planning/zoning
  • Public transportation
  • Improvements to public infrastructure

The state handles:

  • Airports
  • Harbors
  • Hospitals
  • State highway system
  • School systems
  • Judicial system

There are no personal or property state income taxes, special assessments or school district levies.  Any non-federal taxes are collected by the state. Hawaii has a very centralized tax system. The state’s major sources of revenue are corporate and personal income taxes as well as excise taxes.

The current county charter is available on the Maui County website.


Like many areas of Hawaii, one of Maui’s biggest industries is tourism and hospitality, with 19% of the civilian population over 16 employed in it. Retail, healthcare, education, and agriculture follow.

The county’s biggest employers include:

  • The State of Hawaii
  • The County of Maui
  • Grand Wailea Resort & Spa
  • The US Federal Government
  • Maui Memorial Medical Center
  • Walmart

Additionally, these companies also have facilities in Maui County.

Let Hana Kai Maui Host Your Maui Getaway

People come from around the world to visit Maui, and it’s easy to see why. Maui offers visitors a wide variety of activities coupled with the Islands’ natural beauty to create an unforgettable visit. 

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.