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The city of Wailuku sits on the northern coast of Maui, once a major tourist destination on the island and now a commercial and governmental center. As the Maui County seat, Wailuku is home to the county government and was historically home to some of the Kingdom of Hawaii's most esteemed leaders. It was also a major center of the sugar cane industry in Hawaii in the 19th century.
The town is situated on the coast, but at its back is the mouth of the Iao Valley, a gorgeous and lush state park that was sacred to the old Hawaiian gods and a burial ground for Hawaiian royalty. The valley was also the setting for a legendary 18th century battle in the fight to unify the islands as one kingdom. Visitors to Wailuku today can explore the city's historic monuments, browse its unique local shops and restaurants, and use it as a base for visiting the Iao Valley.
Wailuku is a short 10-minute drive from Kahului Airport, Maui's main airport. It has a very different feel from the more touristy parts of Maui, and lacks the big resort hotels.
Address: Wailuku, Hawaii, USA
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Wailuku
From the lunar summit of Haleakala Crater to the viewpoint for Iao Needle, explore the best of Central Maui on this informative, guided day tour. Hotel pickup is conveniently provided, and the tour also visits historic Wailuku—a funky, yet up-and-coming hot spot. Learn the island’s agricultural history and hear its legends and stories, and experience some of the island’s best scenery from its valleys right up to its peak.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Hop on-board and explore a tropical trifecta under the lush West Maui Mountains! Wander the beautiful gardens at Maui Tropical Plantation, under a dramatic mountain backdrop; get a view underwater at one of America’s Top-10 aquariums, set in a harbor loaded with tasty restaurants and gift shops (happy hour mai tais and local fudge, anyone?); enjoy the feeling of sand between your toes as you walk along Maui’s longest stretch of sand and one the best places to watch the sunset. Your Maui Explorer stops includes: -A fun-filled informative trip through the valley -Amazing photo opportunities of mountains, beaches, gardens, and underwater -The best Hawaiian shave ice in all of Hawaii – No Ka Oi! -Visit world-famous Maui Ocean Center,“Top ten aquariums in the world” -Walk along Maui’s longest sandy beach and spot the whales and Honu! -The best Mai Tai’s on island with gorgeous views at Maui Tropical Plantation
Frequently Asked Questions
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