What: County seat of Maui county and home to unique local businesses
Where: 10 minutes west of Kahului Airport
Just 10 minutes west from the Kahului Airport is Wailuku, a commercial centre and the county seat of Maui’s government. Nestled at the foot of the dramatic West Maui Mountains, Wailuku is the gateway to lush Iao Valley, once a sacred burial ground for Hawaiian chiefs and home to the iconic Iao Needle.
Visit Wailuku to explore the charming wooden storefronts around Market Street, showcasing dozens of family businesses, many of which have been in continuous operation for generations. These off-the-beaten-track “Mom and Pops” are home to local favourite shops, restaurants and bakeries.
You can also take the “Rediscover Wailuku” walking tour developed by the Wailuku Main Street Association. The tour highlights more than 23 of the town’s fascinating historical and cultural attractions, including Kaahumanu Church, the Bailey House, Pihana Kalani Heiau and the Iao Theater, built in 1927.