Mauka to Makai
(from the mountains to the sea)
Known for it's rainbows and long sandy beaches. the exquisite of Island of Maui lies near the southeastern end of the Hawaiian chain and is second largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles. Shaped like
Formed nearly 40-million years ago, the Hawaiian Ridge came into being from the rising magma hot spot beneath the island of Hawai'i. Outpourings of lava at the southeastern end of the Hawaiian Ridge built two enormous shields that merged to become the island of Maui. The West Maui volcano was the first to reach the surface of the ocean The islands of Maui, Molokai'i, Lana'i, and Kaho'olawe form the Maui nei. The Moloka'i Channel separating the group from the O'ahu and the 'Alenuihaha Channel separating Maui from the 'big island' of Hawai'i. If seen from above the islands that make up the Maui group or Maui-nui are all one large island with parts currently covered over with ocean water. During the periods of cold, when sea ocean levels were lower, the 'saddles' between the islands were exposed.
Known as the 'Valley Isle', Maui is shaped like the infinity sign of a figure-eight with two large bays at the intersection of the circles. Formed nearly 40 million years ago, the Hawaiian Ridge is the most isolated island chain in the world. The island that we see and cherish is only a tiny part of the the tremendous volcanic mass that exists, most of which is hidden from sight. The island of Maui is made up of two old volcanos, Mt Haleakala (the sun god) with its mid-slopes often veiled in clouds and Iao (the goddess of the moon) with her mysterious valleys and crystal clear rivers.
Early in the morning, with the sun coming up behind Haleakala, the clouds above Iao take on a pink and golden hue and as the day warms the viel surrounding the valley thins allowing for a glimpse of the ridges and mountain valleys formed by the Iao streams. The Iao streams are the foundations of two important ancient Hawaiian temples - the heaiau Halekii and Pihana.
'Iao Valley and the grandeur of the 'Iao Needle hint at the magnitude of force and time needed to carve the valley.
The volcanoes along the Hawaiian chain are rounded, dome-shaped structures that resemble the shields of medieval warriors and are known as 'shield volcanoes'. Shield volcanoes are made of an accumulation of very mobile lava that erupts at high temperatures and runs swiftly from the vents and spreads widely adding to the gentle sloping cones. Lava is a thousand times more viscous than water and reaches speeds of up to 40 kilometers (240 + mph) in narrow channels traveling as far as 50 kilometers before solidifying. Shield volcanoes are prolific producers. To put this in perspective, Mt Haleakala alone contains enough material to make a hundred mountains the size of Fujiyama in Japan.
In Hawaiian mythology, Maui is a culture hero and ancient chief who appears in several different genealogies. Maui is the great hero of Polynesian mythology. Stories about his adventures are told in nearly every Polynesian land. Maui in most cases is regarded as both human and divine. There are stories or Maui capturing the Sun of Maui finding fire and fishing to capturing the polynesian islands on his hook.
Winters bring some of the biggest waves on the planet to our North Shore. During late winter and into spring, we celebrate the pilgrimage of the Humpbacks whales on the annual migration. The whales give birth to their babies in our bays making Maui No Ka Oi (the best) a deeply sacred and blessed place on the planet.
Maui is widely popular place to get married, celebrate a birthday, or any other sacred rite of passage. A vast array of exquisite settings are available to use as a backdrop for your sacred ceremony from a beach at sunset to a tropical garden to a waterfall.