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Central Maui MapKahului is the industrial center of the island. While the looks of the town may not be what most expect, every part of Maui is diverse and has its own special charm.

What Kahului may lack in lush tropical beauty, it makes up for in other ways. You will find the basic necessities a bit cheaper here than on the other areas of Maui.

Wailuku, which is situated at the foot of the West Maui Mountains, is considerably older than its neighbor Kahului.

You'll find State & County government offices are located here, along with the historic Market Street area. Lined with antique stores, pawn shops, fascinating boutiques and the landmark Iao Theater; old Wailuku Town provides a glimpse back to an earlier time in Maui's history.

Central Maui - Sites To See:

Kanaha Pond: As you are coming out of the airport following Kaahumanu Ave (Route 32) you'll see The Kanaha Wildlife Sanctuary somewhat ironically situated between retail outlets on one side and a petroleum refinery on the other. Here the endangered Hawaiian Stilt & Hawaiian Coot fight to repopulate their species. Stop by for a chance at an excellent photo opportunity.
Maui Tropical Plantation: 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy 244-7643 - From Wailuku take Hwy 30 (Honoapiilani) South, and in the midst of empty fields with the West Maui Mountains as a backdrop you'll come upon rows of papaya trees, banana plants, palms, and more. With a restaurant, souvenir shop and tours of the plantation it's well worth the visit.
Iao Valley: From Kahului Follow Route 32 through Wailuku and head straight towards the West Maui Mountains or if you are coming from Honoapiilani (Route 30) travel straight into Wailuku, and turn left at the stoplight at W. Main Street. Along the way you'll pass the Bailey House Museum, filled with artifacts and bits of history from Maui's colorful past. As you continue up the road stay to the right and head into the lush valley. There's also a couple of nice places to stop along the way. Once you're there you can walk the trails and view the "Iao Needle". Simply Gorgeous!


Kaahumanu Shopping Center275 Kaahumanu Ave. - Over 100 stores, restaurants, theaters, and more.
Maui Market Place. 270 Dairy Road, Kahului. - Great outlet stores, along with Borders, Starbucks, Restaurants and more.
Maui Mall. 70 E Kaahumanu Ave. - More than 40 shops and restaurants, many locally owned & operated.
K-mart - Costco. 424 Dairy Road. - Moments from the Airport. A good place to stop by & stock up on goodies after arriving in Maui.
Market Street, Wailuku. Wailuku, Maui - A historic street on Maui filled with antique shops, and stores.
Namoeata. 1826 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku , Maui - Hand-crafted soaps. lotions and scents made in Hawaii. Worldwide shipping, group amenities, weddings, personal gift baskets. Toll free 1-800-414-3310.

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The Maui Beach/Palms Hotel. 170A Kahumanu Ave., Kahului.
1.800.367.5004 On Maui call 877.0071
Clean rooms, basic amenities, restaurant on site, adjacent to malls & shops. Reasonable rates make this low frills lodging very appealing for the budget conscious adventurer.
The Maui Seaside Hotel. 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului
1.800.367.7000 On Maui call 877.3311
Consists of two complexes featuring a pool, restaurant & lounge. The newer complex offers slightly larger, more attractive rooms that make paying for the upgrade from the older complex well worth it.
The Old Wailuku Inn. 2199 kahookele, Wailuku. 244.5897
Just 10 minutes from the airport, nice amenities, full breakfast, all in a beautifully restored historic home.
Windsurfer's Starfruit Inn. Wailuku 242-2990

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