Wailuku, HI

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Wailuku
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

The Northshore Hostel Maui
The Northshore Hostel Maui
1 out of 5
2080 W Vineyard St, Wailuku, HI, 96793-5614
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥21,352 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this hostel in Wailuku. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and Maui Arts and Cultural ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (119 reviews)
"I loved the group activities."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

The Northshore Hostel Maui
The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
3 out of 5
2199 Kaho'okele Street, Wailuku, HI, 96793
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly B&B in Wailuku. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a terrace. Our guests praise the bathrooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (166 reviews)
"My wife and I stayed at Old Wailuku Inn for a portion of our honeymoon on Maui in April. The property was gorgeous, quaint but immaculately maintained. Owners Tom & Janice bend over backwards to make sure guests have everything they need from recommendations all around the island, to beach towels, ..."

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
Maui on the beach, steps to the sand! *Hono Kai A12*
Maui on the beach, steps to the sand! *Hono Kai A12*
Wailuku, HI
Stay at this condo in Wailuku. Enjoy a beach locale, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions Maalaea ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (43 reviews)
First time on Maui
"Very convenient to every spot we wanted to explore and we’ll appointed enough to enjoy our time together in Maui."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Maui on the beach, steps to the sand! *Hono Kai A12*
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.
Maui on the beach, steps to the sand! *Hono Kai A12*
Maui on the beach, steps to the sand! *Hono Kai A12*
Wailuku, HI
Stay at this condo in Wailuku. Enjoy a beach locale, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions Maalaea ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (43 reviews)
First time on Maui
"Very convenient to every spot we wanted to explore and we’ll appointed enough to enjoy our time together in Maui."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Maui on the beach, steps to the sand! *Hono Kai A12*
Maui steps from the beach! Remodeled, well appointed.*Hono Kai B9*
Maui steps from the beach! Remodeled, well appointed.*Hono Kai B9*
Wailuku, HI
Stay at this beach condo in Wailuku. Enjoy a beach locale, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
"We loved how spacious and well decorated the property was! We also loved how close it was to the main road and the beaches. It is an older unit so our plugs got pretty hot while using them. Also, they were doing construction and the walls are kind of thin so we can hear it throughout the morning. ..."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Maui steps from the beach! Remodeled, well appointed.*Hono Kai B9*
1984 VW Westfalia Campervan with Kitchen etc Van Life
1984 VW Westfalia Campervan with Kitchen etc Van Life
Wailuku, HI
Stay at this vacation home in Wailuku. Enjoy onsite parking, an onsite playground, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Coral Beach and Waiehu Beach are located ...
1984 VW Westfalia Campervan with Kitchen etc Van Life
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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