Top 15 Interesting Facts about Maui and Hawaii

Maui is considered the Best Place to Visit in the United States (1); the Island and the state of Hawaii have incredibly interesting culture, history and ecology. As you beginning your Maui vacation planning, here are 15 fun and interesting facts about the state of Hawaii and the island of Maui.

  1. Hawaiian, along with English, is the official language of the state of Hawaii.
  2. The Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters: five vowels (long and short) and eight consonants, one of them being a glottal stop (called ʻokina in Hawaiian).
  3. First reported western contact with Hawaii was James Cook in 1778.
  4. Maui has been voted the “Best Island in the World” 16 times by Conde Nast Traveler  Magazine.
  5. Maui has 30 miles of white, red, and black sand beaches, 80 beaches in total and has more miles of accessible beach than any of the other Hawaiian Islands.
  6. Haleakala, Maui’s most famous volcano, is the largest dormant volcano in the world. The crater is 21 miles across and 4,000 feet deep – large enough to hold the island of Manhattan.
  7. Lahaina was the original state capital, until Honolulu took that honor in 1850.
  8. Hawaiian’s have the highest life expectancy in the U.S. at 81.3 years.
  9. The breathtakingly beautiful “Road to Hana” drive is 45 miles long, has 54 one-lane bridges and 600 hairpin turns.
  10. Hawaii is one of the Best Whale Watching Destinations Around The World , number 3 in fact.
  11. Whale Season is from mid-November to early-April.
  12. Over 12,000 Humpback Whales travel 3,500 miles from Alaska to Hawaii each year to breed, birth and nurse their calves.
  13. Hawaiians eat more than 7 million cans of Spam each year.
  14. Lahaina and Kaanapali receive less than 10 inches of rain per year; Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains gets more than 365 inches of rain every year.
  15. Hawaii has 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones on the islands combined.

For further information on Maui, read more:
Ali`i Kula Lavender – Sustainable Aloha on Maui
Maui Day Trips
Things to Do in Maui

Sources: (1) U.S. News & World Report, Wikipedia, Best Places Hawaii, Huffington Post

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