Wailuku

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Wailuku

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 center and the county seat of Maui’s government. 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. These off-the-beaten-path “Mom and Pops” are home to local favorite shops, restaurants and bakeries.
 
Amid these cherished establishments, a new Wailuku is also emerging, featuring contemporary boutiques, stylish cafes and laid-back coffee shops. Check out both the classic and chic during Wailuku First Friday — a fun monthly event celebrating local arts and culture. Packed with music, magicians, food, art, jewelry and fashion, this free community street party is held from 6-9 p.m., with Market Street closed to vehicular traffic from 5:30 p.m.
 
To find out more about this quaint town, 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.
 
Nestled at the foot of the dramatic West Maui Mountains, Wailuku is also the gateway to lush Iao Valley, once a sacred burial ground for Hawaiian chiefs and home to the iconic Iao Needle.