With crystal waters, golden beaches, beautiful scenery, tropical breezes, swaying palms, championship golf courses, award-winning cuisine and world class resorts its no wonder that Maui has been named ‘Best Island in the World’ time and time again.
If you are delighted by diversity in your holidays then look no further: from cascading waterfalls, remote villages such as Hana, picturesque Lahaina, the Marine Preserve of Molokini, the alpine meadows of Upcountry, and the Humpback whales that come through and breed in winter – Maui’s wonders never ceases.
History of Maui:
When Captain James Cook first arrived in 1778 h was welcomed by long ago migrated Polynesians which lived in established communities lead by the Kamehameha royal family. Modern Hawaiian history began in the mid-1700s. King Kamehameha I took up residence (and later made his capital) in Lahaina after conquering Maui in 1790.
Within a few years, the American missionaries came to the islands to spread Christianity. The royal family developed pineapple and sugar cane plantations and workers from other countries were imported as contract labourers. The Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893 by a group of American businessmen. In 1898 the United States annexed the islands and declared them a state in 1959.
Maui was used by the army as a staging center, training base, and for rest and relaxation during World War II.