Hotel Hyatt, December 2009
straight from camera
Nikon D90 18-105mm
The island of Maui ( /ˈmaʊ.iː/; Hawaiian: [ˈmɐuwi]) is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is the 17th largest island in the United States.[Maui is part of the state of Hawaii and is the largest of Maui County’s four islands, bigger than Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, and Molokaʻi. In 2010, Maui had a population of 154,834, third-most populous of the Hawaiian islands, behind that of Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi. Kahului is the largest town on the island with a population of 20,146. Wailuku is the seat of Maui County. Other significant towns include Kīhei, Lahaina, Makawao, Pāʻia, Kula, Haʻikū, Hāna, Kāʻanapali, Wailea, Makena, and Kapalua
Native Hawaiian tradition gives the origin of the island’s name in the legend of Hawaiʻiloa, the Polynesian navigator credited with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. According to that legend, Hawaiʻiloa named the island of Maui after his son, who in turn was named for the demigod Māui. The earlier name of Maui was ʻIhikapalaumaewa. The Island of Maui is also called the “Valley Isle” for the large isthmus between its northwestern and southeastern volcanoes and the numerous large valleys carved into both mountains.