Rainbeau Pictures © 2012Maui is a tropical paradise unlike any other. Situated in the middle of the Hawaiian Isles, it is the second biggest islands in Hawaii with but the third in terms of population (after Oahu and the Big Island).

Maui repeatedly finds itself atop the lists as the “best island” surveys of consumer travel magazines including the top spot for 17 of the 22 years of its existence in Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice poll for “Best Island in the World.”haleakala

Maui’s unique topography and climate make it the perfect combination of all the islands. Maui’s Isthmus is formed from two volcanoes that overlapped one another to form an isthmus between them. The Island of Maui is also called the “Valley Isle” because of this large isthmus that lies between its northwestern and southeastern volcanoes and the numerous large valleys carved into both mountains.

waterfallThe origin of the island’s name come from the legend of Hawaiiloa, the Polynesian navigator credited with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. According to that legend, Hawaiiloa named the island of Maui after his son, who in turn was named for the demigod Maui.

People are drawn to Maui for its diversity of experiences, sights and especially places – the volcano at Haleakala, the infamous winding road to lush and laid-back town of Hana, the funky surf haven of Paia, the former whaling port of Lahaina – which is still home to the annual migration of whales from Alaska beginning in November and ending in April and the dazzling resorts of Wailea, Kaanapali and Kapalua.turtle

Whatever your passion – sun, surf, hiking, water sports or just enjoying the nature’s abundance, Maui has something to offer.