After Hawaii's Big Island, Maui is the second largest island of Hawaii and spans 727.2 square miles with 120 miles of beautiful beaches.
Maui Geography Starts With Volcanoes
All of the Hawaiian Islands were born of volcanic activity, but some were created after two volcanoes were located too close together. This allowed some of the lava streams from the volcanoes to merge and harden together, forming an island. Maui is an example of two shield volcanoes, Pu’u Kukui and Haleakala, whose lava streams created an isthmus between the two peaks.
Maui’s Highest Peak
At over 10,000 feet high, Haleakala is Maui's highest peak and still considered active, seconded by Pu’u Kukui at 5,788 feet. The valley between these two volcanoes is the reason Maui's nickname is the "Valley Isle."
Maui Landscapes and Climates
Maui is home to many diverse landscapes and climates. The western areas of Maui are dry due to the fact that the mountains shield this area from any moisture blown in from the trade winds. The West coast of Maui is a completely different story. This area is lush and green, due to the moisture benefits of the trade winds. Additionally, Maui is home to hundreds of natural steams, but no rivers.