(pronounced: mah ah LYE uh)
Maalaea is located at the south part of the isthmus of the island where the valley nestles between the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala crater. Measuring just under 8 square miles, Maalaea is home to Maui Ocean Center, rated one of the Top 25 Aquariums in the US by TripAdvisor. Once home to Maui's first airport and at one time a major commercial port for the island, Maalaea is now known more for it's harbor from which many of South Maui's snorkel and whale cruises depart.
Due to it's location at the base of the valley, Maalaea gets consistent winds most times of the year keeping it cooler than other parts of South Maui. There are more condos than single family homes in Maalaea and there are more Leasehold condo complexes here than any other part of Maui.
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