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Wailuku is Maui County’s capital town, a place where fierce battles were fought, Hawaiian kings went to rest, a sugar industry was born and missionaries worked. Its eclectic history is only part of the appeal. Today, it charms with its old churches, wooden storefronts, antique stores and quaint cafés.
The town is situated at the foot of the West Maui Mountains and bordered by Iao Valley’s lush green forests and tropical plants. This was the setting for one of Hawaii’s most savage battles, the origin of the town’s name. In 1790, the invading King Kamehameha defeated Maui warriors in his attempt to unite Hawaii. So many men died, it was said that several miles of the 'Iao River ran red with their blood. Wailuku translates as “waters of destruction.”
The area changed when the missionaries arrived in the early 1800s, bringing with them Christianity and Western culture. Further upheaval came with the growth of the sugar industry. This boom attracted immigrants from Europe and Asia, many of whom settled in the area.
Glimpse Wailuku’s history with a visit to Kaahumanu Church, the oldest on the island. This large bluestone structure is the fourth place of worship for the Wailuku congregation on this plot of land; the first was a shed, the current structure was built in 1876.
Explore the Bailey House Museum, the former home of missionary teacher Edward Bailey and his family. The 19th-century building’s displays include Hawaiian and missionary artifacts, paintings and furniture.
One of the most popular parts of Wailuku is Market Street, with its assortment of retail shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafés. It’s here that the town’s peaceful atmosphere is pleasantly disrupted on the first Friday of every month: The area is closed off to traffic for 2.5 hours and plays host to a lively street party, which features singing, dancing, magicians and street vendors.
Located on central Maui, Wailuku is 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Kahului Airport.
Because there is only a small number of Expedia places to stay in Wailuku and surroundings, you ought to book early if you are planning on staying locally.
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Situated in Wailuku, this bed & breakfast is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Bailey House Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Queen Ka’ahumanu Center and The Dunes at Maui Lani are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This family-friendly Wailuku hostel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. Iao Valley State Park is 4 mi (6.4 km) away.
Situated in a national park, this bed & breakfast is close to Bailey House Museum, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, and Iao Valley State Park. Local attractions also include Maui Arts and Cultural Center and Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.
Within easy reach of Waihee Beach, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, and Maui Arts and Cultural Center, this Waihee-Waiehu vacation home is located by the ocean and set on the beach. Local attractions also include Queen Ka’ahumanu Center and Bailey House Museum.
Situated in Wailuku, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bailey House Museum, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, and Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Iao Valley State Park is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.
Situated by the ocean, this property is in the same area as Waihee Beach, Iao Valley State Park, and Nakalele Blow Hole. Area attractions also include Bailey House Museum and West Maui Mountains.
Royal Lahaina Resort is set on 27 acres and arrayed along 2 championship golf courses. The resort faces a scenic stretch of West Maui's famed Kaanapali Beach; Whalers Village is a 5-minute walk.
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