You probably already know a fair amount about Maui… it has beautiful beaches, the Road to Hana, great surfing, and is totally, ridiculously awesome. Those are facts. However, we’re here to give you ten new pieces of information about the Valley Isle that you may have never heard of. Enjoy.
Ten Facts About Maui:
1. By law, no one can own a beach on Maui or has the right to keep people off of it, including “exclusive” beach resorts.
2. Maui has no billboards. Other than traffic and safety signs, you have a free view of the natural landscape around you. Hawaii is one of only four states to ban billboards, in addition to Vermont, Maine, and Alaska.
3. The Maui Gold Brand of pineapple possesses three times the amount of vitamin C as other brands of pineapple. It is specially grown and takes approximately 18 months to reach ripeness. Tour the only working pineapple plantation in the country with Maui Pineapple Tours!
4. Founded in 1831, Maui’s Lahainaluna High School is the oldest school west of the Rocky Mountains and owned the first printing press in the western United States.
5. Haleakala reaches 10,023 feet and is the largest dormant volcano in the world. The summit depression is 21 miles across and 4,000 feet deep, big enough to hold the entire island of Manhattan.
6. There are 81 accessible beaches on Maui, including ones with white, gold, black, and red sand. It has 120 miles of accessible beach, more than any other Hawaiian island.
7. Charles Lindbergh, famous aviator, explorer, and social activist, was buried on Maui in 1974. His grave sits underneath a plum tree at the Palapala Ho’omau Church along the Road to Hana.
8. The Haleakala High Altitude Observatory is considered one of the best astronomical and space surveillance sites in the world, noted for its tremendous seeing conditions and clear skies. It is not open to the public, but occasional public events and talks are open to visitors.
9. In Hawaii and Guam, more spam is eaten per person than anywhere else in the world.
10. Hawaii has the highest life expectancy in the United States at 81.5 years. Paradise… it does a body good.