is formed by two volcanoes with a valley in between, hence its nickname "the Valley Isle".
The westerly volcano is extinct
and heavely eroded, while the one to the east is dormant, its last eruption was in the 18th century.
The landscape on Maui is
very diverse, from lush tropical rainforests to barren lavafields and high mountain country. And of course sandy beaches.
Haleakala volcano with its majestic crater reaches a towering height of more than 3 km.
The Kingdom of Maui
first only ruled over
the western part, but in the 15th century all of Maui came under their control.
After many bloody battles Kamehamea I
the Maui king in 1795 and went on to establish his Kingdom of Hawai'i.
Thanks to Maui's fertile volcanic soil, agriculture
is an important industry with coffee, macadamia, pineapple and sugarcane.
For good reasons tourism is an important industry
as well and recently high tech IT companies are on the rise.
Maui is one of our favourite vacation destination and we have visited the
Valley Isle many times, the last time was in August 2003.