Kahului

United States of America

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Photo provided by Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

Backed by the West Maui Mountains and next to a seemingly endless expanse of shore, Kahului, Maui is a big draw for visitors. Stroll along the shores under swaying palm trees or pay to fly over them on a helicopter tour of the island.

Like much of Hawaii, Kahului has its origins in the cultivation of sugar cane. Investigate this staple and the unique array of other Hawaiian plant life at the Maui Nui Botanical Garden in the center of town. This garden specializes in plants native to Hawaii. Relax on a calm walk through the garden while you develop knowledge of the plants you’re bound to see in the area.

Stop at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Here you will find the Schaefer International Gallery, which houses one of the island’s largest collections of publicly displayed art. Check to see whether an event is being performed at the center during your visit.

While you’re here, stop at the Aloha Friday Farmer’s Market for fresh treats. This is one of the best places in Maui for local produce and especially varieties of mushrooms, jellies and many other sweet products. On Saturday mornings, save a few hours for the Maui Swap Meet. Buy souvenirs for friends and family here, as the prices are less expensive than in other locations.

Detour to a wildlife refuge perfect for passing a sunny day, the Kanaha Wildlife Sanctuary. Spot endangered water birds including white-billed Hawaiian coot and brown koloa duck or simply take a solitary walk enjoying the saline air of the marshlands.

To get here, fly directly into Kahului Airport, the main hub of air travel for all of Maui. Rent a car at the airport to take advantage of the city. For more of an adventure, take a boat into Kahului Harbor.

Known for

Shopping, Beaches and Dining

Top Hotels in Kahului

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Maui Seaside Hotel
2.5 out of 5
100 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului
$139/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
3.7/5Good! (2,937 reviews)

"The staff were exceptionally nice and friendly. The hotel was likewise centrally located. Whether it was shopping or getting to any of the Maui attractions, it seems everyplace was easily accessible."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019

Maui Seaside Hotel
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Maui Beach Hotel
2.5 out of 5
170 Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului
$149/night
Aug 4 - Aug 5
3.4/5 (2,187 reviews)

"The view of thwe ocean, was spectacular and relaxing in the evening."…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Maui Beach Hotel
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Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport
3.5 out of 5
532 Keolani Place, Kahului
$259/night
Jul 29 - Jul 30
4.4/5Wonderful! (883 reviews)

"Good services, clean rooms, very good location closed to the airport , nice and quite , closed to Costco too."…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019

Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport

Popular things to do in Kahului

Kaanapali Beach
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Kaanapali Beach

As one of the highest-ranking luxury beaches in the U.S., this stunning stretch of sand with crystal-clear water is lined with high-end hotels and shops.

Haleakala National Park
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Haleakala National Park

From mountain peaks to forested valleys, from the Pacific coastline to a volcanic crater, this national park encompasses a great diversity of natural habitats.

Wailea Beach
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Wailea Beach

This stretch of powdery sand is part of an upscale resort community and is an ideal place to sunbathe, snorkel, and dive with Hawaiian green turtles and manta rays.

Kapalua Beach
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Kapalua Beach

Calm, luxurious, picturesque and visited by amazing marine life, this is one of West Maui’s more family-friendly swimming and snorkeling destinations.

Hookipa Beach Park
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Hookipa Beach Park

Bring your surf board to make the most of the choppy waves and fun activities in the Home of Contemporary Surfing.

Iao Valley State Park
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Iao Valley State Park

An exotic landscape of dense rain forest surrounded by cliffs and known for its prominent lava formation. 

Top activities in Kahului

Heavenly Hana Tour
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Heavenly Hana Tour

$179

Take the journey of a lifetime to “Heavenly” Hana Town. Your all-day tour goes full-circle around the beautiful windward region of the “Magic Isle.” Discover some of the most diverse and scenic landscapes found on any of the Hawaiian Islands.

Sunrise & Breakfast Tour to Haleakala Volcano
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Sunrise & Breakfast Tour to Haleakala Volcano

$176

Set out for an early morning island excursion with a sunrise tour to the peak of Haleakala, Maui's sleeping volcano. Travel by van to the 10,023-foot (3,055-m) summit to experience Haleakala National Park at dawn, and take in sweeping island vistas from the Pu'u Ula'ula Overlook.

Rainforest & Waterfalls Hike
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Rainforest & Waterfalls Hike

$139

Hike beneath the shade of towering, tropical trees and take refreshing swims under an assortment of tall, cascading waterfalls. Discover the tropical rainforest along the famous Hana Highway during this easy-to-moderate hike.

Road to Hana Full-Day Tour with Outdoor Picnic Styled Lunch
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Road to Hana Full-Day Tour with Outdoor Picnic Styled Lunch

$125

Let’s start our Journey! Hana Highway is a 64.4-mile long stretch of spectacular views of rainforest, waterfalls, beaches and coastline. On the east after Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kipahulu on the Piilani Highway all the way around the backside.

Small-Group Luxury Hana & Helicopter Tour
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Small-Group Luxury Hana & Helicopter Tour

$392

In a luxury Limo-Van, your guide takes you along the famous Road to Hana. Stop along the way to see misting waterfalls and a beautiful botanical garden. Then board an A-Star helicopter for a different perspective of the tropical coastline and a flight above the dormant Haleakala volcano.

Molokai Sea Cliffs & West Maui Helicopter Tour
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Molokai Sea Cliffs & West Maui Helicopter Tour

$311

Soar high above the magnificent natural wonders of Maui and Molokai on this eye-opening helicopter tour. Along your picture-perfect route, check out the misty waterfalls of the majestic West Maui Mountains, catch glimpses of the Kalaupapa Peninsula, and see Molokai's towering sea cliffs.