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The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles (1883.5 km2) and is the United States’ 17th largest island. Maui is part of the state of Hawaii and is the largest of Maui County’s four islands, bigger than Lānai, Kahoolawe, and Molokai. In 2000, Maui had a population of 117,644, third-most populous of the Hawaiian islands.
Native Hawaiian tradition gives the origin of the island’s name in the legend of Hawaiiloa, the Polynesian navigator credited with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. The story goes that he named the island of Maui after his son who in turn was named for the demigod Māui. The earlier name of Maui was Ihikapalaumaewa.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.