Frequently Asked Questions
As a newcomer “Malihini” to Maui you may have questions that we have answered below or at the link for Hawaii Facts & Figures. If you don’t see the answer to your questions don’t hesitate to contact us: Fineislandproperties@gmail.com to receive an answer or personal recommendation for all things Maui from one of our team members. We welcome you ” E komo Mai” with Aloha to our Island Paradise home of Maui.
What is the correct pronunciation for the many Hawaiian words I see?
To see frequently used Hawaiian words go to our About Maui tab and click on History of Maui.
What is the average temperature on Maui?
80 degrees with the rainy season occurring from December through March.
What is the average temperature on Oahu?
The mean annual temperature is 77 degrees. Oahu has a tropical wet and dry climate with a notable dry season in the high-sun months. The wet season is in the low-sun months of the year. There is no cold season.
How large is the Maui Island?
2000 Square Miles
How large is the Oahu Island?
Oahu is 44 miles (71 km) long and 30 miles (48 km) across. Its shoreline is 227 miles (365 km) long.
What is the population on Maui?
Approximately 145,000+ year round residents. Our population soars much higher with our visitors.
What is the population on Oahu?
Approximately 953,000+, as it is the largest major island in Hawaii.
When are the best months to see the whales?
January through April with February and March being best for whale watching.
Are there active volcanoes on Maui?
No, Haleakala is dormant and last errupted in 1790.
We do however experience earthquake tremors every now and then.
What are the best beaches to go to?
Depending if you are looking for snorkeling, or surfing Maui offers many different types of beaches. See our Beach guide under the About Maui tab to to learn more about Maui’s world class beaches.
What clothes should I bring?
Maui is a casual island with summer casual daytime wear down to T-Shirts/shorts and “slippers” our word for flip flops or sandals.
Dinner can be a dress up affair and we suggest you bring a sweater as the temperature that is high during the day drops down at night and combined with the ocean breeze can make you feel a chill.
There are many shops so don’t bring all your attire with you. You will want to pick up a piece or two at one of our great shopping centers like the Shops at Wailea, Whalers Village in Kaanapali or our own “mall” Kaahumanu Center in Kahului.
I’m not certified. Can I go Diving?
There are numerous dive shops on Maui that specialize in introductory dives. Maui Sun Divers, Maui Dive Shop, Scuba Shack, Ed Robinson Dive Tours and others that have been around a long time and can get you in the water with their introductory courses while you are here.
What is the best Mask I can buy for snorkeling and diving?
The one that fits your face best! Also we recommend to use an advanced snorkel. Nothing ruins the experience like a cheap snorkel.
What if I’m scared to go far out to snorkel or not a good swimmer?
We always recommend to swim in groups. Never go alone into the ocean. Use a boogie board or other flotation device so you can learn to breath and not worry about the rest. You will really enjoy yourself. Ulua beach in Wailea is one of our favorite South beach spots, while Black Rock in front of the Sheraton in Kaanapali is one of our favorite spots on the West side.
Where is the best place to see the fish & turtles?
Fish can be found near the rocky outcrops mostly, but be careful to not be washed up on the rocks, and whatever you do: DO NOT STAND ON THE CORAL. Coral is a living animal that took years to be created. One step can destroy years of Mother Nature’s beautiful work. Turtles are protected in Hawaii and you should remember to keep your distance to enjoy these elegant creatures.
The Makena landing beach is a great spot to find turtles.
What are the best boat tours?
The best tours we have found are the Four Winds, The Trilogy, Pacific Whale Foundation and the ones from Maui Dive Shop. The best time to do a whale watch or snorkel tour is in the morning prior to our noontime windline coming up.
What are the best restaurants?
Please see our Dining Guide under the Plan your Maui & Oahu Vacation tab. Personal tips can be found by our favorite spots to dine.
What are the best activities to do on Maui?
Find a Hawaiian Event not just a luau to attend while you are here. Many are listed under Plan Your Maui Vacation Maui Visitor Tab.
Go to Hana but leave your hotel at 530am to REALLY enjoy the long and beautiful drive. This will give you time when you reach Hana to go on that hike to the 400ft waterfall, soak up the black sand beaches of Wainapanapa State Park, see the Pools at Oheo or Hamoa Beach and don’t forget to visit quaint Hana town itself.
Visit Upcountry Maui by going to the Ulupalakua Winery and Ranch store on your way down from Haleakala. It is like seeing the seventh wonder of the world no matter what time of day you go.
Visit our underwater worlds by snorkeling and diving. Half of Hawaii’s beauty is under the sea and if you are here during Whale Season be sure and take a boat tour to do some Whale Watching.
Can I bring my Pets to Maui on Vacation or what are the rules to bring them if I am moving here?
See our Animal Quarantine tab under About Maui/Government Links for further information.
When staying in Hawaii you may find yourself needing to know some of the local language. In Hawaii not only is English spoken but people do blend in the Hawaiian Language frequently and you will hear it in songs being played on the radio too.
Some basic words are provided to help you while visiting our Hawaii home.
Aloha: Greetings (hello or goodbye) with love
A hui hou: Good bye (see you later/again)
Mahalo: Thank you
(Your welcome is understood and need not be said)
A’ole Pilikia: No problem
E Malama Pono: Take Care
E Kala Mai: Excuse me
E Hiki No: You are Excused
Kapu: Keep out/No Tresspassing
Kukui: A nut used for lei, medicine and light purposes
Papa He’e Nalu: Surfboard
Wai: Fresh water
Makai: Toward the ocean
Mauka: Toward the mountain
Wa’a: Paddle (Canoe)
Poi: Taro root pounded with a poi pounder and water to make a smooth texture. Eaten with fingers and good mixed with chicken and fish.
Poke: Raw fish, squid or crab marinated with a variety of seasoning sometimes incl seaweed.
Lomi Lomi Salmon (to massage): Raw salmon mixed with tomato, and onion.
Kalua Pig: A roasted/smoke type of meat, typically found at a Luau served out of an underground pit called an Imu.
Kahuna: Person of Wisdom
Lei: Garland of shell or flowers
Common flower lei include orchid, plumeria, tuberrose, and carnation.
Slippers: Flip flops/sandals
We take off our shoes prior to entering a home in Hawaii.
In Hawaii there are legends and oral history passed down to explain many things including the creation of the Island of Maui. The demigod Maui is famous for many things including pulling the Island of Maui from the sea with his magical fish hook, and for causing the sun to remain on Haleakala for longer days for his people. Haleakala which looms largely over South Maui was named by the Hawaiians as “House of the Sun”.
Early Hawaiians that settled in South Maui were fishermen. Upcountry on the slopes above were the farmers who farmed many things but a main stable was the sweet potato. Taro came from the Wailuku area of Maui. The early Hawaiians under the direction of Mo’i Umi constructed three fishponds to be created at the Kalepolepo area of North Kihei. The mullet from these ponds was for the alii or chief. Hawaiians referred to Kihei as “Kama’ole” which means “barren”. Without the water used to irrigate the area South Maui would indeed be “barren” as evidenced by the non watered areas “mauka” (mountainside) of Piilani Highway.
When Kamehameha Nui invaded Maui in 1790 he landed his fleet of war canoes in South Maui. The reigning chief fought back hard, and Kamehameha ordered his canoes to be destroyed in a fight to the death approach at battle. There would be no retreat on his part and they forced the existing Maui warriors back to Waikapu.
The first “European” to arrive came to the very South end of South Maui and a bay there is named for him: La Perouse. He landed near there in 1786. Foreign missionaries came later and many churches in South Maui were established including the older one still seen today in Makena.
Maui is the 2nd largest of the Hawaiian islands and is approximately 48 miles (76.8km) long and 26 miles (41.6km) wide, totaling 728 square miles. South Maui is comprised of Maalaea, Kihei, Wailea and Makena. Maui County includes the islands of Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Molokai. The island of Maui is comprised of 2 shield volcanoes that overlapped to form the flat isthmus between. The West Maui Mountains are actually one mountain named Mauna Kahalawai that has eroded by rainfall to the point where it has the appearance of a mountain range. Haleakala “House of the Sun” on the other side of the isthmus is much younger and shows less wear with less rainfall.
In the 1960’s water was piped to the area from Central Maui making it an attractive area to live, vacation and work. Condos sprung up heavily in the 1970’s as did shopping centers. The roads also were paved. A sugar cane factory was tried at one time in South Maui but met with failure. You can still see plenty of sugar cane fields between Maalaea and Kihei and the cane fields are burned mostly at night and in the early morning you can see the brown haze float out over South Maui’s waters. There has been a push for cane burning to end and the sugar industry has looked into other ways of harvesting, but for now cane burning is the preferred method.
Don’t miss Upcountry and East Maui when you visit here either. Both areas have rich history to share. The Tedeschi Winery located at Ulupalakua Ranch shows the history of cattle ranching here on Maui and has historic photos on display. Going to East Maui The Hana Museum is rich in its cultural items to share. Heiau and other culturally significant areas can be explored in Hana including the Wainapanapa Beach Park. Past Hana in Kipahulu is also the grave of famous aviator Charles Lindeburgh.
Pineapple fields can be found on the West side in the Kapalua area past Lahaina, in Central Maui up against the West Maui Mountains and from the North Shore Ha’iku area to Upcountry Pukalani, and Makawao. This crop is still hand picked although there is a conveyor belt that moves with the pickers that takes the fruit up to the truck to be stacked by other workers. Maui is famous for its “Maui Gold” variety of pineapple that is less acidic and has a rich gold color.
Tourism is Maui’s largest economic base today. People come from many countries to stroll the sandy beaches, snorkel in the clear water, and to experience the Aloha here. A luau is not to be missed and the Old Lahaina Luau is one of my personal favorites. Shopping at The Shops at Wailea or on Front Street Lahaina you will find everything from souveniers, clothing, restaurants and fine art galleries. Once a week in Kahului at the Maui Community College there is the local Swap Meet which features souveniors, many being made on Maui. There is definitely something for everyone on Maui and we know everyone that comes here and is touched with the Aloha Spirit will leave some of their own “history” behind.