About WailukuOur Wailuku vacation rentals provide the ultimate in luxury and relaxation for your Hawaii vacation. Located in Central Maui, Wailuku provides easy access to the historic Iao Valley and its iconic Iao Needle as well as other parts of the island including great beaches, activities, shopping, dining and more.
Things To Do
Wailuku is considered the gateway to one of Hawaii's most beautiful areas, Iao Valley, which is steeped in Hawaiian history as the site where King Kamehameha I won a famous battle. A prominent peak known as the Iao Needle (Kukaemoku in Hawaiian), towers up 1,200 feet from the valley floor. Kids will love the hands-on exhibits at the valley's Hawaii Nature Center while the walk through the valley is fun for everyone.
Wailuku's historic Iao Theater was constructed in 1927 and now is the site of community events and theater productions. To learn more about the region's history check out the Bailey House Museum which is located in an old missionary home owned by Edward Bailey, an American missionary who also designed the nearby Kaahumanu Church constructed in 1876 to honor Hawaii's queen.
For beach activities head over to Kahului or Kihei where you can find good snorkeling and swimming. Head to the resort areas of Kaanapali and Kapalua north of Lahaina on the western shore to experience some immaculate beaches in an upscale setting.
Eat and Shop
There are many interesting shops in Wailuku and some great places to eat. Stop in at the Wailuku Coffee Company for delicious fresh-baked scones and fresh-roasted Maui-grown coffee. They also have fancy cheeses as well as gluten-free and vegan items for affordable prices. You can build your own sandwich from the extensive deli selection including gourmet items such as pesto aioli spreads and exotic vegetables. The Wailuku Coffee Co. also known for their local-style papaya turkey salad.
For Japanese food try Wailuku's Tokyo Tei, a great family restaurant for lunch or dinner. Founded by a sumo wrestler from Tokyo and now run by the family's third generation here, the restaurant has had some famous guests including JFK! Tokyo Tei put a local Hawaiian flavor on their Japanese delicacies.
A rental car is recommended when staying in Wailuku vacation rentals so you can explore Maui's many interesting sites and attractions from Haleakala volcano to Hana town and Iao Valley. Wailuku is located in central Maui about 10 minutes west of Kahului Airport
by Jeff Berzolla