At a total of eight Hawaiian islands, Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island at about 727.2 square miles. Maui's highest point is Haleakala at about 10,023 feet. Haleakala, also Maui's largest volcano rises to more than 10,000 feet and is the second tallest mountain in the world. There are currently no active volcanoes in Maui, but three spread throughout the other Hawaiian islands. Maui's capital is Lahaina. Lahaina is the largest cencus-designated place in West Maui. Lahaina's population is at about 11,704 in 2010.
With mild heat and low rainfall, the climate of Maui is a big tourist attraction. Central Maui tends to keep steady, high temperatures throughout the year. Upcountry Maui has mild heat during the day and has cool evenings. Windward side has heavier rainfall levels. Leeward side is typically drier, with higher daytime temperatures up to 92 degrees and very little rainfall. Hawaii is called a "tropical paradise" because its climate makes people feel comfortable every day of the year! In winter, the sun is in the south and the weather is cooler. In summer, the sun is almost directly overhead and the weather is warm, but not hot.