Wailuku, located on Maui, is the seat of Maui County. Unlike the commercial center of Kahului, Wailuku has a small-town plantation feel centered around its Main Street. Several buildings in Wailuku are registered as historic places. It is also the gateway to nearby Iao Valley and Iao Needle.
- Kaluhui Airport is a major airport about 10 minutes away, in nearby Kaluhui. This airport has flights to many Hawaiian Islands, The United States mainland, Alaska, and Vancouver, Canada.
- Honolulu International Airport, while not on Maui, is the most common way to get to Wailuku. Flights from around the world fly to here, and then take a short flight to the Kaluhui Airport.
From Kahului, follow Kaahumanu Avenue (highway 32) west. Kaahumanu Avenue turns into Main Street after passing an overpass and viaduct. To get to Iao Valley, continue past High Street (highway 30) for about 0.5 mile, then take the fork in the road onto Iao Valley Road.
Iao Valley State Park (about 3 miles W of downtown Wailuku on Iao Valley Road). Open every day 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Known for the natural rock formation known as Iao Needle, the state park is also the site of several historic battles and the burial place of important chiefs. No hiking allowed in the park except on paved paths. Admission free.
Bailey House Museum/Maui Historical Society, 2375-A Main Street, Wailuku, HI 96793 (just past the intersection with High Street), (808) 244-3326, . Open Mon-Sat 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Built in 1833 on the royal compound of high chief Kahekili, and the site of a female seminary and the home of artist Edward Bailey until 1888, the Bailey House now serves as a museum showcasing Hawaiian artifacts, period furnishings, and the paintings of Edward Bailey. Admission $5.00 adults, $4.00 seniors, children 7-12 $1.00, under 6 free.
Tasty Crust, 1770 Mill Street, Wailuku, HI 96793 (near the intersection of Kaniela and Mill Streets), 808-244-0845. Don't let the surroundings or the decor deter you (it's in the middle of an old-style industrial park, and the decor is old-style Americana). This restaurant is very popular among local Mauians. The big draw at this restaurant is breakfast; their tagline is "World Famous Pancakes." Less than $10.00.
Alas, Ooka Super Market, once the main supermarket in Wailuku, is no more. You can find a smaller selection at Takamiya Market on Market Street; they also serve a wide selection of ready-to-eat food. Failing that, you'll need to drive about 10 minutes into Kahului for the nearest full-service supermarket.
This page was last edited at 20:35, on 24 February 2009 by Wikitravel user Smt101. Based on work by Keith K. Higa and Wikitravel user(s) Morph.