Maui is the second-largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, with a population of 120,000. The tropical climate on the island is quite comfortable. Maui is sometimes referred to as the "valley island" because of the huge area of lush vegetation that connects two island volcanoes – Puu Kukui in the west and Haleakala, or "House of the Sun," in the east. Various landscapes can be found on Maui: inland lowlands, steep mountain slopes, more gentle slopes and high mountain peaks.
Maui is very attractive to tourists. There are very cozy resorts here. Maui is the only island outside of Oahu where nightlife is in vogue, and this type of holiday is thriving on Maui. Every year, there is a presentation of another fashionable new club opening, sometimes even with celebrities who visit the island.
Maui has two primary industries: agriculture and tourism. Unlike its neighboring islands, Maui's share of agriculture is growing rapidly. The island produces coffee, macadamia nuts, papaya, tropical flowers, sugar, pineapples – these are just a part of all Hawaiian exports. The crops themselves that are grown here belong to the premium class. The largest sugarcane company, which owns 150 square kilometers of plantations, has promised to close it early 2017.
There are also two supercomputers operating on Maui. The US Air Force uses one, and the University of Hawaii owns the other. Also, Maui has a high-tech observatory for astronomical research. Several features of the island made it very suitable for this type of activity. The unemployment rate in Maui is below 5%.
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