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Maui Quick Facts

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Island Name:
Maui

Maui Highlights:

Whale watching
: In the winter months, the Auau channel between Maui, Lanai and Molokai is one of the best places to whale watch in the world.
Maui beaches
: Maui has more than 80 incredible beaches with a combined shoreline that spans 120 miles.
Haleakala National Park: Watch a memorable sunrise from 9,740 feet atop Haleakala Crater.
Road to Hana
: With 600 curves and 54 bridges, this is one of the world’s most scenic drives.
Lahaina
: Once a thriving whaling port in the mid-1800s, Lahaina is now a lively gathering place for dining, shopping, art and entertainment.

Airports:
Maui’s main airport is Kahului Airport (OGG). There are smaller commuter airports in Kapalua (JHM) and Hana (HNM).

Maui Resort Areas:
Kapalua, Kaanapali, Wailea, Makena, Hana

Capital City:
Wailuku

Population:
131, 531

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).

Languages:

English
Hawaiian

Currency:

US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveler’s checks are accepted at many businesses.

Climate:

Average temperature: 75˚-85˚ F. It is generally drier on the western, or leeward side, of the island, wetter on the eastern or windward side. Temperatures in Upcountry Maui are typically 8-10 degrees cooler than the coast. On the summit of Haleakala, Maui’s highest point, you can expect temperatures in the 40s or lower.

Area Code/Cell Phones:

The area code for all of Hawaii is (808). Cell phone coverage is readily available in most places if you’re coming from the continental United States.

Internet Access:

Internet access is readily available on Maui and at many hotels.

Accommodations:
Luxury resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental cottages and condos are located throughout the island.

Transportation:
Rent a car at Kahului Airport (OGG) or Kapalua Airport (JHM). Other options include tour buses, shuttles, trolleys, taxis or city buses.

Clothing:
Dress casually. Bring a light jacket for nights, heavier if you plan to visit Haleakala. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.

Tipping:
U.S. standards apply: 15-20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1 per night for housekeeping.