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Maui Nui

Maui Nui or Greater Maui, is a modern geologists' name given to a prehistoric Hawaiian Island built from seven shield volcanoes. Nui means "great/large" in the Hawaiian language. 1.2 million years ago, Maui Nui was 14,600 square kilometres (5,600 sq mi), 50% larger than the present-day island of Hawaii. As the volcanoes subsided and eroded, the saddles between them slowly flooded, forming four separate islands: Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe by about 200,000 years ago. PIERC partnership with Department of Interior includes research at the Haleakala National Park.


Project Lead Scientist
Dry Forest Restoration on Leeward East Maui Art Medeiros
Haleakala Silversword Lloyd Loope
Haleakala Argentine Ant Management Lloyd Loope
Maui Weed Surveys Lloyd Loope
Coastal Strand Vegetation Surveys Jim Jacobi

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