Wailuku Things to Do
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...more
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....more
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....more
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.more
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.more
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...more
2199 Kahookele Street, Wailuku, Hawaii, 96793, United States
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2080 West Vineyard Street, Wailuku, Hawaii, 96793, United States
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210 South Market Street , Wailuku, Hawaii, 96793, United States
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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.
Wailuku Tourist Traps
We were so impressed by the gardens at the Kepaniwai Park, that we decided to stop in these gardens on the way back. It was a waste of time. It's basically a small nursery, and most of the plants are small house plants. Maybe it would've been nice, but I guess January is the wrong time for plants in Hawaii, because most of them were either wilted, or not growing at all.
Don't waste your time in this place. The gardens at the Kepaniwai Park, are much nicer.
Unique Suggestions: Visit the nearby Kepaniwai Park, and Iao Valley.
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