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MAUI: THE VALLEY ISLAND


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Maui was formed from two volcanoes, connected by an isthmus, the "valley" in its
nickname. In the eastern half lies the awe - inspiring Haleakala, whose crater is 21
miles in circumference, 19 square miles in areas, and 3,000 feet deep. Cattle graze and
flowers and vegetables are grown on its cool slopes, Nearly 30 miles of trail wind
down from the crater rim into the barren lava landscape (U.S. astronauts did some training
here for their moon mission). This part of the island is the site of the little town
of Hana, known to Hawaiians as the Land of Mist and Low 0 Lying Cloud and to others
simply as Heavenly Hana.

Eruptions from the western volcano created the valleys and peaks of the West Maui Mountains.
This is the highly developed part of the islands, often compared to California. But
there is also a bit of New England on the western coast - the town of Lahaina, complete
with clapboard houses, widow's walks, and false - front buildings. In the 19th century
Lahaina welcomed not only Yankee whalers by the thousands but New England
missionaries, come to convert the natives.

West of Maui lies Lanai, site of a large pineapple plantation. Kahoolawe, the smallest of
the major islands, lies southwest of Maui and uninhabited.

Maui was formed from two volcanoes, connected by an isthmus, the "valley" in its nickname.
In the eastern half lies the awe - inspiring Haleakala, whose crater is 21 miles in
circumference, 19 square miles in areas, and 3,000 feet deep. Cattle graze and flowers and
vegetables are grown on its cool slopes, Nearly 30 miles of trail wind down from the
crater rim into the barren lava landscape (U.S. astronauts did some training here for
their moon mission). This part of the island is the site of the little town of Hana, known
to Hawaiians as the Land of Mist and Low 0 Lying Cloud and to others simply as Heavenly
Hana.

Eruptions from the western volcano created the valleys and peaks of the West Maui Mountains.
This is the highly developed part of the islands, often compared to California. But there
is also a bit of New England on the western coast - the town of Lahaina, complete with
clapboard houses, widow's walks, and false - front buildings. In the 19th century Lahaina
welcomed not only Yankee whalers by the thousands but New England missionaries,
come to convert the natives.

West of Maui lies Lanai, site of a large pineapple plantation. Kahoolawe, the smallest of
the major islands, lies southwest of Maui and uninhabited.



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