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.
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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Little hole in the wall 'restaurants' are all over the place in Wailuku, catering to the business people and workers who seek inexpensive and fast lunch fare.
Archie's restaurant on Lower Main Street is a good local place to eat. In the Wailuku Industrial Center is Sam Sato's restaurant, where good food and inexpensive prices reign.
If you're looking for good local snacks, visit Home Made Bakery for manju (baked pastries filled with various treats, such as coconut filling, apple filling, or sweet black bean paste (an pan)), or mochi (sweet rice pounded into a sticky chewy treat). Shishido Bakery is located nearby across the street, but watch out for the owner. He's a bit gruff. You should order in advance since the demand is high for this delicacy.
The ambiance is pure local, meaning nothing special. The food is what is good.
Favorite Dish: At Archie's and Sam Sato's you can't really go wrong. Try something that sounds interesting, or ask the waitress for her recommendation.
Home Made Bakery and Shishido Bakery specialize in mochi and manju. Home Made also carries other treats, such as cookies.
Wailuku is located on the hillside above Kahului. When you arrive at the airport, you will be in Kahului, near the northern side of the 'saddle' between two mountains (West Maui Mountains and Haleakala). If you head 'west' from the airport into Kahului town, then through it, you will end up traveling on Kaahumanu Avenue. If you stay on this road, you will eventually go uphill and under an overpass. This is the 'entrance' to Wailuku town. Don't blink, because Wailuku is not that big a place. Once you get to the top of the hill and turn left, you're on your way out of town.
You should have a car on Maui simply because the places of interest are far enough apart that walking is out of the question. Wailuku town is on a hillside, and the points of interst, like the Hawaiian Tropical Plantation and Iao Needle, and the restaurants, are all on the fringes of the town and far apart.