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In Hawaiian mythology, Māui was a demigod, cultural hero, and ancient chief who bore a significance that led to the entire island being named for him. According to the legends, Māui lifted the Hawaiian Islands from the depths of the sea and lassoed the sun over the island’s highest peak, Haleakala. Such oral traditions and cultural norms were solidified in the 15th century under the rule of King Piilani, who was the first to unite the island under a singular “alii,” or royal family. Centuries following Piilani’s reign, King Kamehameha I defeated Maui’s last king, Kahekili, in 1790. The usurper engaged King Kahekili in a ferocious battle across the iconic Iao Valley, taking control of the island and making Lahaina the new capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Lahaina would serve as the epicenter of Hawaii’s government for the next five decades as the town would develop an immensely successful whaling industry. At the industry’s height, as many as 500 ships would anchor at Lahaina’s port between 1840 and 1865! Paralleling the whaling industry was Maui’s sugar industry. Beginning with the first sugar mill in 1828, the industry would draw a diverse array of plantation workers from China, Japan, Puerto Rico, Korea, the Philippines, Portugal, and other European nations. Such a melting pot would lend to the bold, cultural multiplicity of today’s Hawaii. Experience Maui with its coasts, waterfalls, beaches, mountains, and rich heritage. The Valley Isle is a dream from which you never have to wake.
Between exploring the natural beauty of Maui and playing mini-golf, you will find an abundance of activities to see and do on your visit. There are plenty of historical sites lining the island. And we've selected activities off the beaten tourist path.
As a tourism hotspot, visitors to the island will find virtually every cuisine to satisfy their hunger for the evening. Be sure to try authentic Hawaiian before you leave.
Cafes in Maui span from coffeehouses to fine dining. Regardless of the time of day, a cafe always sounds appetizing.
Take your pick of the exciting nightlife in Maui. Many of the most popular venues are lounges. Beachfront, open-air bars are common as well.
Shopping in Maui is endless. There is far more to shopping here than souvenirs. You will not only find small, independent boutiques and galleries scattered around the island but also upscale resort shopping malls such as Wailea in South Maui and Whalers Village in Kaanapali. You will for sure find some treasures here on the island of Maui.
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