Wailuku Things to Do

  • Wailuku Union Church
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  • Wailuku is a business town, so...

    by kahiwa Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Wailuku is a business town, so there's not much sightseeing to do. You can walk around and see some old churches. There is the Hawaii Tropical Plantation just on the fringe of Wailuku on the way to Lahaina, which tourists like to see.

    Also, go up into Iao Valley and visit the park up there. Iao Needle is a natural stone peak that towers over the valley. The valley is green, with a stream coursing thorough it. There are a number of gardens there, representing various ethnicities. Walk around and take it all in.
    The Hawaii Tropical Plantation is a tourist place that introduces you to various Hawaiian plants and flowers. Good for the first time visitor to Hawaii.

    Iao Valley is a naturally beautiful park. Go see how something so beautiful and serene can exist so close to town.

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    Ka'ahumanu Church

    by briantravelman Written Jan 12, 2014
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    Located in the town of Wailuku, Ka'ahumanu Church is one of many historic churches located on Maui. It was designed in a New England style by a Protestant missionary named Edward Bailey. The church was built in 1876 to honor Queen Ka'ahumanu, whose influence was instrumental in establishing Christianity in the Hawaiian islands.

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    Wailuku Union Church

    by briantravelman Written Jan 12, 2014
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    This church was built in 1911. This church isn't a very important one, I couldn't find much information on it, but it is a cool one, because as you can see, it looks like a castle. First time I've seen a church that looks like a castle.
    So if you like interesting architecture, and you're in Wailuku, check it out.

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    Haleki'i-Pihana Heiaus

    by briantravelman Written Jan 12, 2014
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    These are the ruins of the Haleki'i-Pihana Heiaus, located on the outskirts of Wailuku, on a small hill overlooking the town.. A heiau is basically a large temple used to conduct religious rituals and ceremonies. These particular heiaus date as far back as 1260, and expended between 1410 and 1640, and are some of the oldest heiaus in Hawaii. However, they were reconstructed in 1958.
    There are several of these scattered throughout the Hawaiian islands, and all that remains of most of them, are just small stone walls like these.

    Though the site is a state monument, there is no parking for the site, so you have to park your car on the side of the road, and walk a few yards up hill to get to the site. When I was there, there was no entrance fee.

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    Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens

    by briantravelman Written Jan 12, 2014
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    Located in the lush Iao Valley, Kepaniwai Park's Heritage Gardens was established in 1952 as a showcase for Maui's diverse heritage. The gardens represent all the cultures have settled and influenced the modern Hawaii. These cultures include Hawaiian, Portuguese, Japanese, Caucasian and Filipino.
    My personal favorite were there Korean Gardens.
    These are some of the nicest gardens I’ve seen. I highly recommend stopping here if you're traveling to Iao Valley.

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    Iao Valley

    by briantravelman Written Jan 12, 2014
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    Just west of Wailuku, in the heart of the West Maui Mountains lies Iao Valley. Though today, it is peaceful, this region was the site of some of the bloodiest battles ever fought on Maui. Hundreds were killed in the 18th century when Kamehameha I waged war to unite the islands under his rule. Today, you can still find some relics from this region's violent past.

    Today, the valley is a state park, and its most famous feature is Iao Needle, which towers 1200 feet above the rainforest.
    Local legend says, that there was a demigod called "Maui", the one the island's named after, and he had a daughter named Iao. It was forbidden to date Iao, but one day a local warrior decided to date her anyways. At that time in Hawaii, breaking the rule of kapu "forbidden", was punishable by death. The story goes that Maui punished the warrior by turning him into that stone pillar, which is today known as Iao Needle.
    Although local legends are always interesting, the real explanation is that it was created by millions of years of volcanic activity.
    It's an uphill climb from the parking lot, to the view point. Our guidebook said it takes 30 minutes to get to the overlook, but it only took 5.

    I read that there is a trail that goes to the top of the cliffs, so if you have more time, you can hike to the top. You can’t actually hike to the top of the needle, but to the adjacent cliffs.
    Some climbers actually climb the needle.
    If you feel more comfortable on the ground, there is a nice stream and garden as well, and you can have a nice hike through the rainforest.

    This is a MUST on any trip to Maui.
    Watch out for wild chickens in the parking lot.

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  • You must experience a Luau.

    by KristinaLMF Written Aug 24, 2002

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    A great opportunity to experience Hawaiian traditions and foods. Some luaus allow you to watch the roasting of the pig in the ground.

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