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 Initially the island of tribes with mysterious history, Maui, the second largest in the Hawaii archipelago, has become an immensely popular tourist attraction where everyone can find something to their taste. Whether you hike in mighty Haleakalā or take the Road to Hana on its eastern side, or sip on your cocktail at one of the pristine beaches of western Ka'anapali or Wailea, Maui will surely spoil you with unforgettable natural beauty.

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US Dollar, $1 = 100 cents

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newspaper

Maui News
www.mauinews.com

Lahaina News
www.lahainanews.com

hours

Most stores are open daily 9:30am–9pm or later. Most bars and clubs close around 2am.

population

154,834

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Visit Maui
1727 Wili Pa Loop
96793 Wailuku
www.facebook.com/visitmaui

website

www.gohawaii.com/islands/maui

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The Island

In Hawaiian mythology, it was demigod Māui to lift the Hawaiian Islands from the depths of the sea by lassoing the sun from the island’s highest peak, Haleakalā, bringing daylight to the islanders.

In the centuries that followed, Hawaiian culture was largely determined by the customs of Polynesian tribes until the rule of the House of Kamehameha, which lasted until the late 19th century. The island had also seen many explorers and missionaries during this extensive period, with James Cook being the first European to set foot here.

Besides being the Kingdom's capital, Lahaina also served as the hub of the remarkably successful whaling industry. At the industry’s height between 1840 and 1865, as many as 500 ships would anchor at Lahaina’s port. The sugar industry too flourished during that time, and the installation of the first sugar mill in 1828 gave way to a massive influx of workers from China, Japan, Puerto Rico, Korea, the Philippines, Portugal, and other European nations, further increasing the cultural diversity of Hawaii, the 50th state of the U.S. today.

Apart from Lahaina, other significant places include Kahului, the commercial hub of Maui, Kihei, and Makawao. Today, tourism has become its main economic sector, and with the warm tropical climate that prevails on the island, Maui welcomes its visitors all year round.

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Beaches

Maui boasts over 30 miles of spectacular beaches. Experience the aloha spirit with delicious cocktails and ample entertainment—or the wild nature with not a soul around.

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Baldwin Beach Park

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Ka'anapali

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Kapalua

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Wailea

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Kamaole Beach Park I, II, III

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Makena

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La Perouse Bay

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Wai'anapanapa State Park

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Do & See

Enjoy the pristine beaches with crystal clear water, roam the lush forests, and learn more about the island's history with the plethora of activities Maui has to offer.

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Haleakala National Park

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Iao Valley State Park

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Hawaii Nature Center

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Ho'omana Spa Maui

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Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum

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Ali'i Kula Lavender

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Maui Historical Society

Dining

The eateries of Maui feature an ample lineup of international cuisine, all mixed with fresh Hawaiian flavors with the use of fresh local ingredients. Don't miss out on Loco Moco, and the other delicious kalua and pu pu dishes.

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Lahaina Grill

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Mama's Fish House Restaurant

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Merriman's Kapalua

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Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

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Cafe O’Lei at The Dunes

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Casanova's Makawao

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Polli's Mexican Restaurant

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Longhi's

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Sea House Restaurant

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Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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Pulehu, an Italian Grill

Cafes

Enjoy the aroma of the locally picked and ground Kona and Maui coffee beans at one of the island's plenty coffee houses!

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Bars & Nightlife

Sip on Maui's signature Mai Tai and zombie cocktails at a sandy tiki bar by the beach or an exclusive lounge of the many resorts on the island.

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Three's Bar and Grill

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South Shore Tiki Lounge

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Fleetwood's On Front St.

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Kahale's Beach Club

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Lobby Lounge at the Four Seasons Resort

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Spanky's Riptide

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Ambrosia Martini Lounge

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Mulligans On the Blue

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Charley's Restaurant and Saloon

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Botero Bar at the Grand Wailea Resort

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Alaloa Lounge

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Shopping

Whether you're on the lookout for unique souvenirs, or want to treat yourself to something luxurious, Maui has a lot to offer for all budgets.

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Hilo Hattie (The Outlets of Maui)

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Maui Mall Farmers Market & Craft Fair

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The Shops at Wailea

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Queen Ka'ahumanu Center

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Whalers Village

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Alice in Hulaland

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Lahaina Cannery Mall

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Collections

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Maui Pickers Paradise

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Gecko Trading Co. Boutique

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Tourist Information

Passport / Visa

When visiting Maui, the general U.S. entry requirements apply. Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.

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Best Time to Visit

Maui always welcomes visitors with its warm tropical climate, with winter lows not dropping below 70 degrees. The island is a highly sought-after holiday destination in the summer months from June to August, with plenty of things to do and see. For those looking for a quiet getaway with still pleasant weather, the months of April, May, September, and October are the most recommended.

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Maui International Airport (OGG)

While most inbound flights originate from Honolulu International Airport, Kahului Airport also receives several international ones. An airport shuttle service is available, and Maui Bus too operates airports routes. Taxi and car rental offices such as Avis, Hertz and Budget are found at the airport.

Address: 1 Kahului Airport Road, Kahului

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Phone: +1 808 697 7813

Website: www.kahului-airport.com

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Public Transport

The Maui Public Bus Transit System consists of 13 bus routes operated by Roberts Hawaii, linking Kahului with all the major hotspots on the island, excluding Haleakalā National Park and other out-of-the-way places. Daily passes are available. Car rentals are found at the airport.

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Phone: +1 808 871 4838

Website: www.mauicounty.gov/609/Maui-Bus-Public-Transit-System

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Taxi

Recommended cab companies in Maui area:

CB Taxi Maui
+1 808 243 8294

Maui Airport Taxi Shuttle
+1 808 877 2002

Royal Sedan & Taxi
+1 808 874 6900

Maui Happy Taxi
+1 808 385 6909

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Post

There are a total of 18 post offices across the island. Opening hours are from 8.30am to 4.30pm, but may vary office to office.

Address: 138 South Puunene Avenue, Kahului

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Phone: +1 808 871 2487

Website: www.postallocations.com/hi/county/maui

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Pharmacy

Walgreens Pharmacy
10 E Kamehameha Avenue, Kahului
+1 808 359 2830

Wailea Pharmacy
34 Wailea Ike Drive, Kihei
+1 808 879 0123

Walgreens Pharmacy
342 Keawe St, Lahaina
+1 808 667 9515

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Time Zone

The time zone observed on Maui is the Hawaii Standard time (HST).

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Telephone

Country code: +1

Area code: (808)

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Electricity

The voltage used in Hawaii is 110V (standard US current).

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