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Best things to do in Central Maui

The central area of the Valley Isle is the region that is primarily known as “town,” home to the Kahului Airport, Costco, Target, the Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center, and most of Maui’s convenience shopping at big box retailers. It’s an area that all residents and visitors frequently frolic, and offers far more than meets the eye!

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The Maui Arts & Cultural Center, otherwise known as the “MACC,” is an exceptional Maui entertainment venue that prides itself on being “a gathering place where the community can celebrate creativity in personal and shared experiences of the arts.” (mauiarts.com, 2016)

The MACC is where to go for a handful of the biggest events in Maui, including the Maui Film Festival, Made on Maui Festival, Maui Brewers Festival, concerts, dance performances, Maui stage shows, ballet, comedy, theater and more. The venues at the MACC include the Castle Theater, A&B Amphitheater, Yokouchi Pavilion, and the McCoy Studio Theater. Also included on the grounds of the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is the Schaefer Gallery. At this exhibit space for visual arts on Maui, visitors can view artists and traveling art exhibits from the Hawaiian Islands, various Polynesian Islands, North America, and countries from all over the world.

Celebrating over 20 years as a world-class gallery and visual arts center in Hawaii, the MACC is a staple on our beautiful island; it is enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.

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The Maui Swap Meet is Maui’s premiere weekly shopping event for Hawaii souvenirs and unique keepsakes! At the Maui Swap Meet, attendees can expect to shop through local vendor tents that offer Maui made crafts, jewelry, clothing, collectibles, antiques and more. The swap meet is also a great place to go to taste different Maui foods from farm stands and Maui food trucks, and an awesome spot to learn more about Maui’s local culture.

Held every Saturday between the hours of 7am-1pm, the Maui Swap Meet boasts over 200 vendors. In fact, the Maui Swap Meet is known for being the largest and most prominent open market on Maui since 1981!

At a low admission cost (free for children 12 and under), you won’t want to miss this outstanding opportunity to stock up on all of your Maui souvenir needs!

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Considered to be one of the main attractions of Historic Downtown Wailuku, Market Street offers a great selection of unique shops including Maui antique stores, pawn shops, locally owned boutiques, art galleries, a music store and more. Market Street in Wailuku also has some terrific spots to grab a bite to eat or a cup of joe.

While in Wailuku, be sure to stop into Wailuku Coffee Company for a taste of some locally grown and roasted coffee, and if you find yourself there during breakfast or lunch hours, you absolutely must try one of the delicious acai bowls or lunch menu items at the Farmacy Health Bar. If you’re looking for a Maui stage show, make sure to look into all performances offered at the Historic Iao Theater.

Not only is Market Street a great place for shopping and terrific food, but it is also home to Wailuku First Fridays. Every first Friday of the month, the Maui community congregates in Downtown Wailuku for a lively street party; family-friendly entertainment, Hawaiian cultural performances, outstanding food vendors, live music, a beer garden, and more. Every month the event details evolve into new themes, so you could never get bored at this event!

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The Iao Valley State Monument is one of the most rewarding sights to visit in Maui. Not only is it insanely beautiful and rich in Maui cultural and geological significance, but it is also a place with a deeply transformative Hawaiian history tied to the land. Iao Valley is the site where King Kamehameha the Great battled and defeated Maui’s warriors in his quest to unite the Hawaiian Islands.

What once served as the battleground that ultimately changed the course of Hawaiian history, now serves as a beautifully treasured piece of land where visitors can pay homage to Hawaii’s cultural history, enjoy spectacular views, and hike alongside natural streams and lush valley foliage. At the center of Iao Valley lies Iao Needle – a giant natural rock pinnacle that sits above the Iao Stream. This is truly a geological wonder! With easy paved trails and exquisite sights to explore, Iao Valley is a great place for the whole family.

After a morning or early afternoon at Iao Valley, consider visiting the nearby Hawaiian Nature Center or the Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens.

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Another family-friendly stop in Central Maui is the Maui Tropical Plantation. Sitting below the picturesque backdrop of the West Maui Mountains, the Maui Tropical Plantation is home to 60 acres of assorted tropical fruits and plants, Kumu farm tours, dining, coffee tasting and exploration.

Named the ‘Tropical Express,” visitors can take a guided tour of this tropical wonderland via a bright green, three-care, train-like farm truck. Guests learn about the varieties of plants that grow on the property while sampling fruits and exploring. After learning about the authentic history of the plantation, visitors can take a stroll through the gardens, and visit the gift shop to find locally made treasures and treats to take home.

Whether you’re exploring the magic of the plantation, or just stopping by for a quick coffee, all are sure to leave with a standing impression of the remarkable experience that the Maui Tropical Plantation beholds. Here is where you’ll also find a variety of live music concerts throughout the year, art events, dining experience, and more.

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The Flyin’ Hawaiian Ziplines has all the thrill and adrenaline you’ve been waiting for! Flyin’ Hawaiian is well known on island for being the longest, highest, and fastest zipline course on Maui.

As Flyin’ Hawaiian guides take you on a journey across 2 1/2 miles of breathtaking land, you will most definitely love the valley, coastal and mountain views of Maui. Dare-devil participants will feel the excitement build as the ziplines range from an easy 250 feet to a whopping 3,600-foot thriller! What’s even more unique and memorable about this company is their dedication to conservation. Flyin’ Hawaiian prides itself on leaving minimal impact to the ‘aina (land). In fact, on their tours, guests have the opportunity to give back to the land by planting indigenous flowers and trees along the journey. What a great way to experience the beauty and aloha spirit that Hawaii is so well-recognized for!

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Now if it’s a taste of history that you’re looking for, look no further than the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum. Stocked full of information and exhibits that signify one of the most influential periods of Maui’s history, this 1800 square ft. museum charts both the establishment and growth of the Maui sugar industry. There are many opportunities for guests to learn more about the significant impact that sugar has had on the Island of Maui.

Each of the six different exhibit rooms feature information spanning over everything from geography, water, field work, the mill, the plantation and human resources. You can even check out the outdoor exhibit space that features some of the equipment that was used in the past.

If you’re looking to soak up something other than the sun and sea on your Maui vacation, the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum is a great way to take away some valuable information about a significant piece of history that has helped shape the Island of Maui as you see it today.

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It is absolutely no secret that Maui is filled with breathtaking scenery! Exquisite beaches, rushing waterfalls, and lush tropical forests are all part of what steals the hearts of everyone who comes to experience this beautiful island. Now imagine taking in these sights with a bird’s eye view. There is absolutely nothing like it!
One of the best ways to enjoy an unparalleled view of Maui is to soar through the sky on a thrilling Maui helicopter ride! The top helicopter companies listed here can take you on a journey through areas of the island that would otherwise be inaccessible.

On a Maui helicopter tour, all will enjoy flying over the marvelous West Maui Mountains, the towering Mt. Haleakala volcano crater, and seeing a handful of the tallest waterfalls on island. You’ll be able to look over the picturesque coastlines of the Pacific Ocean, watch surfers ride the waves of those deep blue and turquoise waters, and even see the North Pacific Humpback Whales during their annual Winter migration. Glide alongside the towering sea cliffs of Maui’s neighboring islands and learn many interesting facts about the sights you’re taking in.

If this all sounds right up your alley, then be sure to reserve a spot on one of these amazing Maui tours. Upon a Maui air tour, you will surely experience Maui sights like never before! The heliport is conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from the Kahului Airport, and the experience from takeoff to touch down is sure to leave you absolutely breathless. This is a great activity to do for those celebrating a Maui honeymoon…

For more information about Maui helicopter tours, please visit
bluehawaiian.com, airmaui.com or sunshinehelicopters.com.

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Now, if you’ve ever been interested in getting into the exciting world of action sports in Hawaii, then windsurfing on Maui is for you! When it comes to windsurfing, Maui is indeed no ka oi (the best)! Maui is a windsurfing paradise, and has been rightfully known as one of the best places to windsurf in the world since the 1970s.

With steady trade winds throughout most of the year, and beautiful warm sunny beaches, who wouldn’t want to take a gander at the exciting world of Maui windsurfing? There are many options for windsurfing lessons in Maui, and a handful of the best companies to choose from are the Windsurfing School of Maui, HST (Hawaiian Sailboarding Techniques) and Kanaha Kai Maui. Offering lessons for every level, a Maui windsurfing school can help guide you with care and world class instruction. Whether you’re trying it out for the first time or want to improve on some techniques, you’re sure to be blown away!

For more information about windsurfing in Maui, please visit
mauiwindsurfinglessons.com, hstwindsurfing.com or kanahakai.com.

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Last but not least, a trip to Central Maui would not be complete without stopping for some Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice at their Maui Lani store. Hawaiian shave ice is a huge part of the modern culture of the Hawaiian Islands – dating all the way back to the 1800’s when Japanese plantation workers started making this delicious treat to help cool them down from a hard day’s work. The workers would take a block of ice and chip away at it before pouring flavored juices and syrups on top for a refreshing cold treat.

Hawaiian shave ice has come a long way since those days, and Ululani’s has it down to a science. Unlike any snow cone that you have ever tasted, Ululani’s Shave Ice has their craft nailed down to perfection! When the true aloha spirit is met with the finest quality shave ice, flavors and toppings, then you will definitely have a recipe for a deliciously memorable experience.

At Ululani’s Shave Ice, customers can watch as they shave down the ice into the most delicate snowflake-like texture, and then pack it down into the cup. Guests can then choose from the dozens of flavored syrups made from 100% pure sugar cane, premium purees, natural fruit juices and extracts. See how they douse the shave ice in a beautiful array of colorful syrups, then ask for it to be topped off with a little toasted coconut or homemade mochi.

No matter how you choose to build your refreshing tropical treat, you are certain to leave Ululani’s feeling delighted, satisfied, energized and refreshed!

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FAQs

Is Wailuku worth visiting? ›

Wailuku is a city in Hawaii, United States. It has many popular attractions, including Tropical Gardens of Maui, Hawai'i Nature Center, Kaahumanu Church, making it well worth a visit.

What is Wailuku known for? ›

Wailuku is best known as the battlefield of the Battle of Kepaniwai. This bloody and devastating battle was fought in 1790, between Hawai'ian forces led by Kamehameha, and the Maui forces led by Kalanikūpule.

What is Kahului known for? ›

Kahului is Where the Locals Eat and Home to Maui's Most Popular Treat, Tasaka Guri-Guri. The famous Tasaka Guri-Guri, Kahului, Maui. Photo composite from Rigel, Kirk K., bionicgrrrl. Since this is such a local town, it's a great place to find restaurants where locals really eat.

Is Kahului worth visiting? ›

Is Kahului worth visiting? If you fly to Maui, you'll probably start in Kahului, so it's a great place to look for things to do! It's definitely worth a visit with all kinds of shops, beaches, and diverse cultural experiences. Plus, it's at the beginning of the Hana Highway.

What is the coolest town in Maui? ›

5 of the Best Small Towns on Maui
  1. Wailuku: Peaceful & Historic. First up on our list is, of course, Wailuku! ...
  2. Paia: “The Windsurf Capital of the World” If you're looking for a cool town with a laidback vibe, head to Paia. ...
  3. Makawao: Cowboy Country. ...
  4. Lahaina: A Maui Hotspot. ...
  5. Hana: “Real Hawaii”

What is the main town in Maui? ›

Kahului is the largest census-designated place (CDP) on the island with a population of 26,337 as of 2010, and is the commercial and financial hub of the island.

What does Wailuku mean in Hawaiian? ›

In the Hawaiian tongue Wailuku means literally "destroying water." The Hawaiian god Kāne is considered to be the procreator and the provider of life.

Is Wailuku a good place to live? ›

There are schools, parks, restaurants, and attractions for everyone to enjoy. The town is also safe for everyone, there is typically a neighborhood watch in each neighborhood you go to. Overall, Wailuku is a lovely town perfect for anyone. It truly is a blessing to live in an older and peaceful neighbourhood.

How did Wailuku get its name? ›

WAILUKU, meaning 'Water of Destruction', was a center of power and population in pre-historic Hawai'i and the home of Kahekili (1706-1793), named after the God of Thunder, who reigned over Maui prior to Western contact. Kahekili's kingdom extended to include all of the Hawaiian Islands except Hawai'i Island.

What is the rainiest month on Maui? ›

South Maui Weather

December and January are the rainiest months, but still only average about 2.5 inches of rain each (not too bad for the "rainy" months)! May through August average less than 1/2 inch per month.

What is the best month to go to Maui? ›

The best times to visit Maui are April through May and September through November. The spring and fall shoulder seasons provide the pleasant weather Hawaii vacationers seek without the high rates and heavy crowds that accompany the summer and winter.

What is the cheapest month to go to Maui? ›

Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price. High season is considered to be June and July. The cheapest month to fly to Maui is January.

How much is a Big Mac in Maui? ›

The price of Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) in Maui is $10. This average is based on 9 price points.

Is 7 days enough in Maui? ›

According to tourism statistics, the typical length of stay on Maui is about eight days (pre-covid), the most of any Hawaiian Island. While you can certainly explore the island faster than that, a week would set a proper pace.

How many days in Maui is enough? ›

If Maui is the only Hawaiian island you'll be visiting, you'll want at least 7-10 days to explore the island. That will give you enough time to do some day trips, take a few tours, check out the beaches, and have plenty of time to relax and unwind.

What is the oldest city in Hawaii? ›

But after some research on the subject, it looks like the oldest Hawaii settlement is Hawaii Island's Hilo. Here are some interesting facts if you are planning on visiting Hilo in Hawaii, With a population of approximately 45,000, Hilo is the state's fourth-largest city.

What is a city name in Maui? ›

Maui has four major population centers: Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina and Upcountry Maui, which is the volcano-slope region of Mt. Haleakala. The former three are all located at sea level. Kahului is Maui's largest city with a population of about 26,300 people.

What were the 7 things Maui is known for? ›

#1 Haleakala National Park
  • #2 Iao Valley State Monument.
  • #3 Lahaina Town.
  • #4 Paia Town.
  • #5 Upcountry Maui.
  • #6 Snorkeling Molokini Island.
  • #7 The Road to Hana.

What month is best for whale watching in Maui? ›

When Is Maui Whale Watching Season? Whale watching season in Maui is November-May with peak season typically running between mid-January and March. At Pacific Whale Foundation, our whale watching season officially kicks off in early November with our Welcome Home the Whales cruise.

How big is Wailuku? ›

What island is Wailuku on? ›

Wailuku, city, seat of Maui county, northern Maui island, Hawaii, U.S. It is situated on an isthmus at the mouth of the Iao Valley and the base of Maui's western mountains.

How many people are in Maui? ›

164,754

Is living in Maui expensive? ›

#2: Yes, the Cost of Living in Maui Is High

If you're moving from a large city like Los Angeles or New York, you might not see a huge difference. However, if you're moving from a less expensive area, such Dallas, Texas or Portland, Oregon, you might feel the squeeze.

How much does it cost to move to Maui? ›

Step 2: Do the Math
Flights$2,000
Rent and Security Deposit$3,000
Car$2,000
Food and Incidentals$1,000
Total Cost of Moving to Maui$10,000
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Who found Maui? ›

Referred to as Ihikapalaumaewa and the Valley Isle by various visitors, Maui was first officially sighted in 1778 by British explorer, Captain James Cook. However Cook was unable to dock on the island, and so French navigator Jean-François de La Pérouse became the first European to set foot on Maui on 29th May 1786.

When did Maui become popular? ›

By the mid-1970s, some one million visitors a year were coming to Maui. Ten years later, the number was up to two million. At the beginning of the 21st century, the visitor industry replaced agriculture as Maui's number-one industry. Maui is the second-largest visitor destination in Hawaii.

Where did the name Maui come from? ›

Maui takes its name from a Polynesian demigod. It was created by two volcanoes, Puu Kukui and Haleakala, which constitute east and west peninsulas connected by a 7-mile- (11-km-) wide valleylike isthmus that has earned Maui the nickname of the “valley isle.” The island was first settled by Polynesians c. ad 700.

Which side of Maui is warmer? ›

Leeward West

This area is warmer, sunnier, and drier than the rest of the island.

What is off season in Maui? ›

The fall off-season on Maui is from September to November, before Thanksgiving. This is when the summer crowds dissolve and a new season is welcomed on the island. Island temperatures remain in the 80s during this time of year. There are many benefits to visiting during the off-season.

Is it cold at night in Maui? ›

An evening on Maui is never likely to get cold (unless you're having dinner on top of Haleakala). But that doesn't mean it's as warm as it is during the day. Expect temperatures to chill to around 60°F as the night sets in. Having a jacket or sweater on hand means you don't have to cut your evening short.

What is the busiest time in Maui? ›

The summer months of July and early August will be the warmest and some of the busiest on Maui. With school being out on most of the mainland, families often visit during this portion of the year. September, by contrast, is a great time to visit if you want to avoid crowds.

What is hurricane season in Maui? ›

Hurricane season in Hawaii runs from June to November, though the Aloha State sees the most hurricanes in July, August, and September.

How much is a luau in Maui? ›

How much does a luau cost on Maui? A. The average price for luaus on Maui is $161 to $275 per person for an evening event with food, drinks, and authentic Polynesian entertainment and hospitality. Among these, Royal Lahaina Luau is Maui's most affordable luau.

What day of the week is it best to fly to Maui? ›

Flying during mid-week is the conventional wisdom on booking the lowest cost flights. Tuesday is the cited day to travel for the lowest cost. This isn't a hard rule and we recommend checking all days during the week to find the cheapest departure dates.

Is it cheaper to fly to Honolulu or Maui? ›

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Maui and Oahu, we can see that Oahu is more expensive. And not only is Maui much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Maui would let you spend less money overall.

How long does it take to go through Maui Ocean Center? ›

Located on Maui's western coast, the Maui Ocean Center has loads to offer. If you're planning a visit you should allow yourself about two hours to experience the exhibits themselves–longer if you're planning to eat at the center's Seascape Restaurant or have booked a boat tour.

How much does a cheeseburger cost in Hawaii? ›

Ingredients cost the most in Hawaii, where a single burger adds up to $2.75. They're more than 50 cents cheaper in Arizona, where each burger runs an average of $2.16.

How much is a McDonald's hamburger in Hawaii? ›

Hawaii has the most expensive Big Macs in the country

Ordering this sandwich at a McDonald's in Hawaii is likely to cost you over $5, with the average price clocking in at a hefty $5.31, according to Zippia.

Is it expensive to eat in Hawaii? ›

When it comes to eating out, the food prices in Hawaii can be very high. A meal in a cheap restaurant alone can cost between $10 and $15. Maui is going to be the most expensive island when it comes to dining out. But don't worry, there are plenty of ways you can save money on your food expenses.

Can you drive around Maui in a day? ›

The island of Maui is around 727 mi². Visitors are able to drive around the entire island in a single day, though they will need all of the time between sunrise and sunset to make the trip.

How do you enjoy Maui? ›

10 Ways to Explore Maui Without Breaking the Bank
  1. Download the GyPSy App. If you've never been to Maui, you're probably unsure about how to get around. ...
  2. Go Hiking. ...
  3. Eat Like a Local. ...
  4. Admire the Windsurfers. ...
  5. Turtle Watch. ...
  6. Whale Watch. ...
  7. Visit Maui Tropical Plantation. ...
  8. Attend a Friday Town Party.

How long does it take to drive around the island of Maui? ›

Driving Time Around the Entire Island

If you wanted to drive all day, you can — the driving time around Maui will take about 9 hours around the periphery of the island, including a trip down Maui Veterans Highway 311, to South Maui's beaches.

Which is better to visit Maui or Honolulu? ›

Maui vs Oahu: Oahu is right for you if you want more of a cosmopolitan vacation, enjoy the nightlife, are excited about historical and cultural activities, or want to travel on a budget. Maui is right for you if you're looking for a romantic island, great snorkeling, a relaxing vacation, or more outdoor activities.

Is Lahaina worth visiting? ›

Lahaina is a popular tourist destination, and for good reason: it is absolutely worth visiting. In Lahaina, you'll find some of the best restaurants on Maui, plenty of art galleries, art fairs, a large number of great souvenir shops, and a really fun small-town vibe that lasts from morning until night.

Is 4 nights enough in Maui? ›

How many days should I visit Maui for the first time? I recommend at least 3 days, but spending 4 days in Maui is even better. You can spend two whole days exploring beaches, watching the sunrise over the Haleakala, the towns of Paia, Lahaina and going whale watching, snorkling or on a helicopter ride.

Is Wailuku a city? ›

Wailuku, city, seat of Maui county, northern Maui island, Hawaii, U.S. It is situated on an isthmus at the mouth of the Iao Valley and the base of Maui's western mountains. With Kahului (east) it forms a contiguous area that is the most densely populated and busiest on the island.

What is the elevation in Kula Hawaii? ›

Is Molokini an atoll? ›

Visit our volcanic atoll just off the south coast of Maui, Hawaii. Come experience clarity and ocean life like you've never seen while snorkeling and scuba diving at Molokini Crater!

What is Wailuku zip code? ›

What does Wailuku mean in Hawaiian? ›

In the Hawaiian tongue Wailuku means literally "destroying water." The Hawaiian god Kāne is considered to be the procreator and the provider of life.

Is Wailuku a good place to live? ›

There are schools, parks, restaurants, and attractions for everyone to enjoy. The town is also safe for everyone, there is typically a neighborhood watch in each neighborhood you go to. Overall, Wailuku is a lovely town perfect for anyone. It truly is a blessing to live in an older and peaceful neighbourhood.

How big is Wailuku? ›

What is Upcountry Maui? ›

Upcountry Maui, also known as the “upcountry,” is a term used to describe the east region of Maui away from the shorelines. The area includes Haleakala National Park, Kula, Makawao, and Pukalani. Many visitors come to this area for its rich history in ranching and agriculture and its natural beauty.

What island is Haiku Hawaii on? ›

Haiku (Hawaiian: Haʻikū) is an unincorporated community in Maui County on the island of Maui in the state of Hawaii. For United States Census purposes, it is part of the Haiku-Pauwela census-designated place, which also includes Pauwela.

What island is Kula on? ›

Found in the Upcountry region of Maui, Kula is a quaint, rustic area on the slopes of Haleakalā.

Are there sharks in Molokini Crater? ›

Are there sharks at Molokini Crater? Yes. Reef sharks spend most of their time on the backside of the crater, but we sometimes see them close to the bottom in deeper waters within the crater.

What is Turtle town in Maui? ›

Turtle Town is a unique series of underwater lava formations developed long ago by the eruptions of submarine volcanoes. Today, the coral reef at Turtle Town is abundant with the protected Hawaiian green sea turtle. Turtle Town is among the most popular and recommended snorkeling destinations in all of Maui, Hawaii.

Is Molokini Crater worth it 2022? ›

This crater is NOT worth the visit (time or money). Although our tour guides were great and on-time. This crater is NOT worth the visit (time or money) since we saw minimal fish, minimal coral - You're better off exploring the many snorkeling options the island has to offer.

What is the zip code for Kahului Maui? ›

Kahului

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