Maui is an island in the state of Hawaii.  It is the largest island in the four islands in Maui County, the second largest island in Hawaii, and the seventeenth largest island in the United States.  This island was built by two shield volcanoes, or volcanoes made entirely from lava flow that overlapped one another and formed an isthmus.

Maui is also called “Valley Isle” because of the isthmus that runs between its volcanoes and for streams that are carved along numerous valleys.  The name of the island was supposedly given to it by the founder of Hawaii, Hawaiiloa.  He named it after his son, who was named after the demigod, Maui.

Real estate on Maui is divided into five distinct regions.  These are West Maui, Upcountry Maui, East Maui, Central Maui, and North Shore Maui.  Each one of these areas is home to its own unique history and way of life.

West Maui consists of Kapalua, Napili, Lahaina, and Olowalu.  Kapalua sits on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains down to the Pacific Ocean.  It is home to a 23,000 square foot resort boasting golf courses, white beaches, and plenty of mountain side activities.  Napili is a small town where nearly all the homes sit on the oceanfront.  Lahaina is home to the capitol of Maui and consists of the area from the West Maui Mountains to Front Street.  Most houses here are newer single family homes or oceanfront condos.  Olowalu is an older small Hawaiian town with mostly homes that sit on the beach or very near it.

East Maui is home to the more secluded areas of Hana and Nahiku.  Hana is known for its priceless scenic location as well as being a rural area.  It has the radiant charm of small town friendliness and isolation.  Nahiku is a rain forest area that has secluded homes sitting on larger areas of land.

Areas in the North Shore district are Haiku, Kipahulu, and Kaupo.  Haiku consists of many types of real estates from plantation properties to waterfront homes.  Kipahulu is a local farm community and maintains its Hawaiian history.  Kaupo is a ranching community that is sparsely populated, and the areas that are populated consist mostly of Paniolos or Hawaiian cowboys.

Upcountry Maui consists of Kula, Pukalani, and Olinda/Haliimale and Makawao.  The Kula residential area sits at 500 to 1,000 meters in elevation.  Most of the residents in Maui prefer to live in this area because it is less hot and not as busy with tourism as other areas.  Pukalani is one of the four major population centers on Maui.  Many homes here have amazing views of Central Maui, South Maui, and the North Shore because the area sits on the slopes of the Haleakala.  Olinda/Haliimale and Makawao are old Hawaiian cowboy towns.  Here anything from plantation homes to commercial spaces can be found.

Central Maui consists of Wailuku, which is an older town and home to Maui’s government offices and many local businesses.  There is a mixture of older and newer real estate from plantation homes to brand new condominiums.  Many of these places are also much more affordable than the rest of Maui.  Kahului is a main commercial shopping area in Maui.  Residential homes are in groups throughout the neighborhood.  Kahakuloa consists of mostly ranch homes with larger areas of land that reach down to the ocean.

Maui is still a busy island in many aspects, but it still retains much of its older history in several areas across the island.  Anyone could come to love this island with its vibrant scenic homes and fully cultured environment.