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Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian
Islands with an
area of 727 square miles (1883 km2), located near the
eastern end of the chain northwest of Hawaii Island. The
island is mountainous, with the 10,023' (3055 m) Haleakala, a
volcano, dominating the southeast end of the island and the West
Mountains reaching to 5,788' (1764m) at Pu'u Kukui. There is a
relatively flat saddle between the two peaks that has most of the
population and arable land.
Prior to the Pacific War, Maui was a quiet backwater, with the
only significant military facility being the alternate
anchorage at Lahaina. There was a small
civilian port at Kahului (156.467W
20.894N). However, additional facilities were opened after
war broke out, including the Marine
Corps' Camp Maui, which covered 1600 acres (1193
hectares) on the coast north of Haleakala and could base a division, and Puunene Naval
Air Station just southeast of Kahului capable of basing a carrier air group.
"Camp Maui" (2009-5-8; accessed 2011-6-29)
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