Wailuku, HI

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Wailuku showing heritage architecture
It may take its name from one of Hawaii’s bitterest and bloodiest battles, but today this charming town is all about peace and tranquility.

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.

Where to stay in Wailuku

Howzit Hostels
Howzit Hostels
1 out of 5
2080 W Vineyard St, Wailuku, HI, 96793-5614
The price is $180 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3
$180
per night
Apr 2 - Apr 3
Stay at this hostel in Wailuku. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Iao Theater and Kaʻahumanu Church are located nearby. ...
8.2/10 Very Good! (149 reviews)
"Nice place"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2023

Howzit Hostels
Koa Built 2
Koa Built 2
Wailuku, HI
Stay at this golf condo in Wailuku. Enjoy 2 bedrooms, a stovetop, and air conditioning. Popular attractions Bailey House Museum and Kaʻahumanu Church are located ...
10/10 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Wonderful vehicle, well setup all the essentials
"Met my expect and then some. Has all the essentials for camping in Maui. Thank you"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Koa Built 2
Unit 7 Maui Ohana Modern 324 sq. ft. Studio 10 minutes from Beach & Airport!
Unit 7 Maui Ohana Modern 324 sq. ft. Studio 10 minutes from Beach & Airport!
Wailuku, HI
The price is $249 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13
$249
per night
Apr 12 - Apr 13
Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Maui War Memorial Center and Maui Nui Botanical Gardens are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
10/10 Exceptional! (1 review)
Good vibes, very clean and friendly
"I loved my stay here. The whole place just feels like peace and good vibes. It’s completely renovated and super clean. Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful especially uncle Tony."

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

Unit 7 Maui Ohana Modern 324 sq. ft. Studio 10 minutes from Beach & Airport!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Unit 7 Maui Ohana Modern 324 sq. ft. Studio 10 minutes from Beach & Airport!
Unit 7 Maui Ohana Modern 324 sq. ft. Studio 10 minutes from Beach & Airport!
Wailuku, HI
Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Maui War Memorial Center and Maui Nui Botanical Gardens are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
10/10 Exceptional! (1 review)
Good vibes, very clean and friendly
"I loved my stay here. The whole place just feels like peace and good vibes. It’s completely renovated and super clean. Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful especially uncle Tony."

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

Unit 7 Maui Ohana Modern 324 sq. ft. Studio 10 minutes from Beach & Airport!
Koa Built 2
Koa Built 2
Wailuku, HI
Stay at this golf condo in Wailuku. Enjoy 2 bedrooms, a stovetop, and air conditioning. Popular attractions Bailey House Museum and Kaʻahumanu Church are located ...
10/10 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Wonderful vehicle, well setup all the essentials
"Met my expect and then some. Has all the essentials for camping in Maui. Thank you"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Koa Built 2
Beachfront retreat with lanai, WiFi, pool, & hot tub - prime turtle spot
Beachfront retreat with lanai, WiFi, pool, & hot tub - prime turtle spot
Wailuku, HI
Stay at this condo in Wailuku. Enjoy a beach locale, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions Maalaea Beach and Maalaea Harbor are located nearby. Discover ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (27 reviews)
Pool not kid friendly. Nice location.
"Place is as advertised. Comfortable furniture. All the amenities. We brought the kids swimming before we checked in for our flight. We were rudely told to be quiet, so we abruptly stopped our swimming. Pretty tough to tell a 4 and 6 year old to be quiet in the pool. Other than that, I’d stay here ..."

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2023

Beachfront retreat with lanai, WiFi, pool, & hot tub - prime turtle spot
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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