Maui Nui – Three Unique Experiences
Posted by• December 29, 2010
The three islands of Maui County or “Maui Nui” celebrate very different and distinct personalities and offer a synergy that is unique in Hawaii. The geographical relationship of Maui, Molokai and Lanai makes it possible to wake up on Maui, spend the day sailing and snorkeling off Lanai, and be back in time for a sunset luau on the beach at Wailea.
Or you can hop aboard a ferry from Lahaina Harbor and explore Molokai’s east-end rainforest or tour the remote, historic Kalaupapa Peninsula. These inter-island adventures offer unique views of the islands, their coastlines, and their looming mountains from the grand Pacific Ocean.
Area: 729 sq. miles
Known for: Haleakala National Park, Lahaina, the road to Hana, Upcountry Maui, whale watching.
Capital City: Wailuku
Major Airport: Maui’s main airport is Kahului Airport (OGG). There are smaller commuter airports in Kapalua (JHM) and Hana (HNM).
Maui Resort Areas: Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina, Wailea, Makena, one resort in Hana
Climate: Average temperature: 75˚ – 85˚ F.
Time Zone: Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time, March through November).
Languages: English, Hawaiian, Currency: U.S. Dollar
Area code: The area code for all of Hawaii is (808).
Golf Courses: 15
Highest Elevation: 10,023 feet (Haleakala)
Island nickname: The Magic Isle
Island Flower: Lokelani (Pink Cottage Rose)
Island Color: Pink
Kahului Airport (OGG) is Maui’s main airport. There are two smaller commuter airports as well: Kapalua Airport (JHM) in West Maui and Hana Airport (HNM) in East Maui. Many airlines offer non-stop flights direct to Maui. You may also fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu first before heading to Maui on a short, 30-minute flight. There is also daily ferry service to and from the nearby islands of Lanai and Molokai.
There is a wide range of accommodations on Maui, including resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and condominium rentals. You’ll find resorts and hotels of every size and budget in Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina, Kihei, Makena and Wailea on the sunny western coast as well as one resort in Hana.
Rent a car at Kahului Airport (OGG) or Kapalua Airport (JHM). Make reservations in advance. Other options include tour buses, shuttles, trolleys, taxis or city buses.
How far is it from Kahului Airport (OGG) to:
Haleakala: 1 hour, 50 min, Hana: 2 hour, 30 min, Kaanapali: 50 min, Kapalua: 60 min, Kihei: 25 minutes, Lahaina: 45 minutes, Wailea: 35 minutes, Wailuku: 10 minutes.