Guide to Central Maui: Kahului, Paia, Wailuku & More | Go Hawaii

Central Maui

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Central Maui

Most visitors to the island will begin their vacations in Central Maui, arriving at Kahului Airport (OGG). Home to much of the island’s population, this area offers plenty of interesting attractions and off-the-beaten-path treasures to uncover. 

The top attraction in Central Maui is peaceful Iao Valley State Park, with fog-shrouded forests, lush valleys and burbling streams. Take an easy hike on a paved trail to view one of Maui’s most iconic landmarks, the 1,200-foot Iao Needle. 

At the gateway to Iao Valley State Park, you can browse local shops, restaurants and historic sites in the charming town of Wailuku

The neighboring town of Kahului is a bustling shopping district with Maui’s largest mall, and if you want to stock up for an epic trip, everything you need can be found here. The Hana Highway leads past town — follow it toward Paia Town where the legenday Road to Hana begins.  

Central Maui Highlights


Visit Wailuku and explore the charming wooden storefronts around Market Street, showcasing dozens of family businesses, many of which have been in continuous operation for generations.


Iao Valley State Park

This peaceful 4,000-acre, 10-mile long park is home to one of Maui's most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200-foot Iao Needle.


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