Monday, September 24, 2007

Maui – A Hawaiian wonder

The four largest of the eight main islands of the State of Hawaii, Maui is a treasure trove of natural beauty and choice of outdoor activities. Being closer to the main island of Hawaii or the Big Island, as it is referred to, also makes it easier to visit.

Discovered by Captain James Cook in 1778, these islands are originally named by a Polynesian explorer who named it after his son, who in turn was named after the Demigod, Maui. Maui in Hawaiian mythology is considered as the ‘creator’ of Hawaii Islands by raising them from the sea.

Inhabited by Tahitians who are considered as the first settlers of the whole of Hawaii. It was they, who introduced the main order of every aspect of life, called the ‘Kapu’. It was basically, their constitution, and foundation of their culture.

During the 18-century, many Europeans started arriving on the island. Missionaries came to convert the residents, and whalers and loggers came for their own business needs.

Catering to almost 2.3 million tourists, Maui is a favourite destination for tourists from European and US destinations.

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