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Maalaea, Hawaii
Location in Maui County and the state of Hawaii
Location in Maui County and the state of Hawaii
Country United States
State Hawaii
County Maui
 • Total 7.8 sq mi (20.1 km2)
 • Land 5.4 sq mi (14.1 km2)
 • Water 2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2)
98 ft (30 m)
 • Total 352
 • Density 45.36/sq mi (17.51/km2)
Time zone UTC-10 (Hawaii-Aleutian)
Area code(s) 808
FIPS code 15-46400
GNIS feature ID 0361945

ʻalaea is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The population was 352 at the 2010 census. Māʻalaea is the site of a small boat harbor, as well as the Maui Ocean Center.


ʻalaea is located at 20°48′34″N 156°29′27″W / 20.80944°N 156.49083°W / 20.80944; -156.49083 (20.809336, -156.490729).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20.1 km2), of which 5.4 square miles (14.1 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), or 29.99%, is water. More information may be found at the Maalaea Community Association web site.


As of the census of 2000, there were 454 people, 263 households, and 119 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 95.3 people per square mile (36.7/km²). There were 600 housing units at an average density of 125.9 per square mile (48.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.90% White, 0.22% African American, 0.44% Native American, 6.61% Asian, 1.54% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 4.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.41% of the population.

There were 263 households out of which 5.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.2% were married couples living together, 4.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.4% were non-families. 42.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.73 and the average family size was 2.27.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 6.6% under the age of 18, 2.2% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 44.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 112.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $53,750, and the median income for a family was $72,083. Males had a median income of $36,544 versus $36,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $43,571. About 3.3% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


The wave called Māʻalaea, or freight train, is a right-hander off the breakwall and over a shallow coral reef. It is considered to be one of the world's fastest rideable waves, but is rideable only on large southerly swells. (various videos)


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