Maui and Hawaii Facts
MAUI COUNTY FACTS
Nickname: The Valley Isle
County Flower: Lokelani (heavenly rose)
Size: 728.6 square miles (second largest island in Hawaii)
Population: Approximately 100,000 permanent residents (third largest island population in Hawaii)
Visitors: More than 2.4 million a year (second largest among the Hawaiian Islands); the “de facto” population (number of visitors and residents at any one time) is approximately 135,000.
Politics: Maui County includes the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kaho’olawe (uninhabitated) with a total population of about 108,000. It is governed by a separately elected mayor and 9-member county council. There are no city, township or borough governments. The seat of government in Maui County is located in Wailuku.
Geography: Maui is located at approximately 21˚ north of the equator in a small island group that is the most isolated land in the world. The nearest land mass to Hawaii is San Francisco, approximately 2,400 miles away. Of the total of more than 100 islands in Hawaii, eight are considered major islands—Ni’ihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, Lanai, Kaho’olawe, and the Big Island of Hawaii — only seven are inhabited. Maui has no navigatable rivers, but there are hundreds of streams. The only natural body of water is the 40-acre Kanaha Pond, a major bird sanctuary near the airport in Kahului.
Highest Peaks: Puu Ulaula at the summit of Haleakala, 10,023 feet; second highest is Puu Kukui in the West Maui mountains, 5,788 feet.
Hawaii’s temperature is usually a sunny, comfortable mid-70 to mid-80 degrees with two mildly discernible seasons – winter and summer.
The summer months are normally warmer and sometimes muggy due to moderate to low trade winds. Days are longer with sunrise at around 5:44am and sunset at around 7:03pm.
The start of winter season means slightly cooler mornings and evenings from late October to early April. Days are shorter. Sunrise is around 6:46am and the sun sets at around 5:44pm. Trade winds range from moderate to gusty.
Ocean temperatures average about 75˚ during mornings in March and about 77˚ in the afternoon; August water temperatures average about 78˚ in the morning and 82˚ in the afternoon. Tides are moderate, averaging usually about two feet.
Hawaiian winds normally blow from the northeast and bring fair weather. But when the winds shift to blow from the south, they are called Kona winds and often bring storms in the winter.
HAWAII STATE FACTS
Statehood: Hawaii was made the 50th state in the United States in 1959
Nickname: “The Aloha State”
Motto: “The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness”
State Flower: Hibiscus
State Tree: Kukui, or Candlenut Tree
State Bird: Nene, or Hawaiian Goose
State Mammal: Humpback Whale
GOOD NUMBERS TO KNOW
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808).
To dial to other islands you must dial 1-808 before the number.
• Emergencies—Dial 911 (Ambulance, fire, police departments). An emergency number from any phone booth. No coins are needed to dial.
• Better Business Bureau: 1-808-536-6956
• Poison Center: 1-800-362-3585
• Maui County Advisory for road conditions: 986-1200
• Telephone Assistance: 1-411
Mainland: 1-area code-555-1212
• Time of day: 242-0212
• Weather Forecast, Maui: 877-5111
• Maui Visitors Bureau: 244-3530
• Haleakala National Park: 572-4400