What to do and see in Kahului, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 20, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Kahului is a census-designated place (CDP) on the island of Maui in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It hosts Maui's main airport (Kahului Airport), deep-draft harbor, light industrial areas, and commercial shopping centers. The population was 26,337 at the 2010 census. Kahului is part of the Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina Metropolitan Statistical Area which includes nearby Wailuku and the town and former whaling village of Lahaina.
Restaurants in Kahului

1. Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum

3957 Hansen Road, Puunene, Maui, HI 96784 +1 808-871-8058
Excellent
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Poor
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4 based on 205 reviews

Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum

The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum is a non profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and heritage of the sugar industry and the multiethnic plantation life it engendered.

Reviewed By Patty W - Ogden, Utah

This museum is small but very interesting. It gives you the history of sugar cane industry in Maui. They some old machines outside that are very interesting from the Fifties. The movie was very informative. It was 5.00 for seniors.

2. Maui Swap Meet

310 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, Maui, HI 96732-1643 +1 808-244-3100
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 457 reviews

Maui Swap Meet

The biggest outdoor market on Maui since 1981

Reviewed By Benvr - Oregon

My wife and I went to swap meets in Azusa, CA, Huntington Beach, CA, etc. during our undergrad studies and always enjoyed it. This "Maui swap meet" was a lot of fun as we reminisced about our swap meet adventures in school. The swap meet...MoreAloha Benvr, Thank you for your great review and comments. We appreciate your visit and hope to have you here again. Mahalo, Corrie Maui Swap Meet

3. Maui Tropical Plantation

1670 Honoapiilani Hwy, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-9347 +1 800-451-6805
Excellent
40%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 838 reviews

Maui Tropical Plantation

Maui Tropical Plantation is a 60 acre working plantation. Our narrated TRAM TOUR offers a unique educational opportunity to learn the origins and harvest techniques of Hawaii's commercial fruit crops. As part of your tour, our driver will demonstrate the art of husking a coconut. You'll also learn interesting facts about sugarcane, pineapple, bananas, coffee, macadamia nuts, papaya and more. Visit our Gift Shop for Made in Maui souvenirs, snacks, crystals, aloha wear and more... The Mill House Restaurant is the ideal venue for exclusive events. Also at the Plantation: Kumu Farms, Maui Zipline, Rebecca Lowell Art Gallery, Ron L. Designs and Moku Pua Soap Factory.

Reviewed By alice w - Placitas, New Mexico

This is a short tour train thru the plantation.
I enjoyed it, the guide was informative. I learned a lot about the plants and the plantation.
I love this place, it’s quiet and beautiful.
The restaurant, on the grounds, is a new favorite.

It’s a nice few hours away from the beach and busy beach towns.

4. Iao Valley State Monument

54 S High St, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-2102
Excellent
46%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 1 reviews

Iao Valley State Monument

Reviewed By cariburbs - Brookfield, WI

This was a great destination in Maui. Entrance fee for non residents was $5 per car. The parking lot was right after the entrance booth. Follow the paved paths either up to the viewing area or down to gardens and a stream outlook. The paved path is a combination of a sidewalk, stairs and a bridge crossing. Beautiful views the entire way. Even though it was sunny at our resort, it was raining here. Remember that weather conditions vary on different parts of the island. Luckily, we had rain coats in the car. The stairs when wet were a little slippery. The Maui needle was beautiful as was everything at this park. We spent about 45 minutes here. We were here with our teenagers and they loved it. They took time taking pics and walking around. Other families were here with younger children, as well as elderly seniors. This would be a great destination for all. Very easy walking. The restrooms were closed. There was a row of port a potties at the bottom of the parking lot. We were staying on Kaanapali beach, and it took us 45 minutes to get here.
Continue another 45 minutes to the lavender farm in Kula!

5. Maui Arts & Cultural Center

1 Cameron Way, Kahului, Maui, HI 96732-1137 +1 808-242-7469
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 155 reviews

Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Maui Arts & Cultural Center is a world-class performing & visual arts center, inspiring people with personal & shared experiences of the arts on Maui.

Reviewed By BDAD68 - Hinsdale, Illinois

Saw Bill Maher, Bob Saget, and Reggie Brown. All were funny as we expected. The facility is very nice and the staff was as friendly as everybody else I’ve met on the island. We pulled into the main parking lot only to find it full but there is more parking directly across the street. Signage could be a little more clear but it was a minor hiccup in an otherwise outstanding evening. If heading there from Kaanapali Beach side of island it’s only 14 miles-ish but took 2 hours due to inexplicably Chicago style traffic. Make sure to check traffic before heading as you may wish to adjust your departure time.

Hana Highway, Hana, Maui, HI 96713 +1 800-637-0188
Excellent
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5 based on 53 reviews

Hana Coast Gallery

Reviewed By Penny N - Tucson

Beautiful gallery with a very wide selection of art work, furniture, jewelry, textiles, glasswork. Very helpful staff quite knowledgable about the artisans' works they display.

7. West Maui Circle Drive

Highway 340 on Maui, Kahului, Maui, HI
Excellent
76%
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4.5 based on 102 reviews

West Maui Circle Drive

Reviewed By Kroglund - Lejre, Denmark

We did the circle drive directly from the airport in our rented SUV since we had to wait for our hotel room in Kihei to be ready. We drove anti clockwise and had a spectacular drive. My husband has been doing all the driving here on Maui but I wouldn't have minded to do this nor the Hana drive myself.
We stopped some times for photos and took a long glance driving through Lahaina. We stopped in nicely trimmed Kapalua for late lunch.
Beautiful drive! More than one small "private" food shop along the road.

8. Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House

2375A Main St, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-1661 +1 808-244-3326
Excellent
31%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 131 reviews

Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House

Hale Hoʻikeʻike is a history museum which showcases the largest collection of Hawaiian Antiquities on Maui. Located on the site of Kahekili's Royal Residence, Hale Hoʻikeʻike houses artifacts from Hawaii's pre-western contact era, missionary era, Monarchy era, and plantation era. Situated just on the way to Iao Valley State Park it is a stop you will not want to miss.

Reviewed By Mari Anne H - Surrey, Canada

We are thrilled to find this little treasure and had the place almost to ourselves. The building construction itself is very interesting and the displays and history are diverse. The grounds are small but a walk around brings you to the outrigger and surf board as well as a peak at many local flowers and plants.

9. The Historic IAO Theater

68 N Market St, Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793-1718 +1 808-214-6371
Excellent
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

The Historic IAO Theater

Reviewed By Canrej - Maui, Hawaii

Maui Chamber Orchestra performs at the Historic Iao Theater. Shows are performed on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon 3-4 times a year. The performances range from all orchestral and can include choral works and/or solos. The Historic Iao Theater is the perfect size to enjoy this orchestra. It is best to check the calendar on the MCO or Historic Iao Theater Websits for dates and times. Every other year a large choral work is performed at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. This concert is always in August.

10. Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Mokulele Highway, Milepost Six, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753 +1 808-875-1582
Excellent
35%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 223 reviews

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Reviewed By FarFlungStarling - Qualicum Beach, Canada

We just stopped and walked the boardwalk and a bit of the beach for a break from driving but if you read the sign boards there is a lot of interesting information about this last remaining wetland on Maui, it's history, migrating visitors, species now extinct and non-native species that now call Maui home. Of course a wetland provides habitat, nesting and food to many kinds of birds and ducks but surprisingly this wetland also helps to keep the coral reef and it's fish healthy - never would have made that connection. Limited free parking at the boardwalk, no washrooms, food etc. About an hour if you read all the signs, stop to observe the birds and wander down the beach.

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