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Iao Needle, Iao Valley, Kahului, Maui

Kahului, Maui Information
by Tom Ogg

Language and Currency
What is Kahului, Maui Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?

Kahului, Maui Port Reviews

Language and Currency

The official language of Hawaii is English and the currency is the America Dollar

What is Kahului, Maui like?

Kahului is Maui's largest city and home to many locals that work on the other side of Maui in the tourist areas. Kahului (and nearby Wailuku) are considered the business and commercial center of Maui. Both the Maui harbor and airport are located right in Kahului.

What is the weather like?

While Kahului is on the windward side of the island, its location on the flat isthmus between the West Maui Mountains and Mt. Haleakala allow most of the rain clouds to pass by it without dropping too much rain. While dryer than most windward island towns, Kahului gets about 20 inches of rain per year but does get considerable cloud cover and mild winds.

Where does the ship dock?

The main port on Maui is Kahului Harbor right in Kahului. The port is only 5 minutes from Maui's International Airport and only about 5 to 10 minutes from the town of Kahului.

Where is the shopping?

Most visitors that arrive in Kahului will make their way across the island to the tourist centers of Lahaina and Kaanapali Beach (see the Lahaina Port Review), but there is some shopping at the Maui Mall in Kahului (about 5 to 10 minutes from the ship) Maui Mall offers over 40 stores and shops and many specialty stores of interest to visitors. There are also some tourist store surrounding the Maui Airpot that are soewhat interesting if you are looking for tee shirts etc.

What is there to buy?

Everything you would find in a normal mall environment, but many Hawaiian goods as well. Maui is especially noted for its unique food products. Don't miss the opportunity to buy a bag of "Maui Chips" These locally grown and processed potato chips are outstanding! While you will find the potato chip rack full of bags claiming they are Maui Chips, there is only one real mcCoy. Look for the red and yellow printed bag that says "Kitchen Cooked" as the brand name. You will be hooked forever. Also, flowers, Maui Onions, leis and other Hawaiian items are available as well.

What is there to do?

Again, most folks will make their way across the island to the more popular spots with tourists, but there is lots to see and do in and around Kahului. First, driving through Kahului and Wailuku is fun because many of its streets are populated with quaint older homes. If you drive inland from Wailuku you will find yourself at the entrance to Iao Valley State Park. Iao Valley is a verdant valley encrusted year around in a deep green vegetation. Iao Creek runs through the valley floor and the experience is capped when you get your first vista of magnificent Iao Needle. This mountain rises abruptly to over 2,000 feet. There are trails throughout Iao Valley and it makes for a nice hiking experience.

Another wonderful spot is the small town of Paia located south of Kahului. Paia was a non-descript old sugar farming town where workers lived in small shacks and purchased their necessities from company run stres. When windsurfing became popular the main beach at Paia, Hookipa Beach became world famous as it enjoys both large surf and high winds. To this day, Hookipa is windsurfing's "World's Best" and this has driven Paia from a sleepy little village into one of the most popular spots on Maui. You will find interesting boutiques here that offer interesting items.

Kahului is also the gateway to upcountry and the Haleakala National Park. Haleakala Crater resides at an altitude of about 7,000 feet above sea level and the road from Kahului will take you through just about every climate Hawaii has to offer. It is 75 miles round trip from Kahului to the summit but the drive will take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. It is certainly well worth it. If you are spending the night in Kahului, one of the best experiences that Maui offers is sunrise at Mt. Haleakala Crater. You would leave well before dawn and spend the dawning hours on top of the crater and then ride a bike all the way down the grade.

Is there anything of “Don’t Miss” quality?

Yes, even if you are a health nut like I am, don't miss trying Maui Chips.

Are there any great restaurants or bars?

Mamas Fish House Restaurant on the beach just past Paia is wonderful (but a tad commercialized), yet the setting, menu and bar would qualify for this category.

If you get over to Kihei be sure to drop into Bada Bing in the Kihei Kalama Village. This outstanding restaurant/bar offers excellent Italian cuisine at affordable prices, but best of all the atmosphere is a wonderful blend of locals and tourists alike. The Rat Pack Lounge is sure to be a hit with those that remember. Enjoy!

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 Kahului, Maui Shore Excursions

  • MAUI JEEP SAFARI

    MAUI JEEP SAFARI $101 Per Person (Minimum of 4 People) Your stable of jeeps awaits you as you disembark your cruise ship in the busy port town of Kahului. Some of the...read more

  • HANA PICNIC-KAHALUI DEPARTURE

    HANA PICNIC-KAHALUI DEPARTURE $162 Per Person The day begins with a ride into the Central Valley and a continental breakfast at the Paia Plantation. The drive is in...read more

  • HANA SKY-TREK

    HANA SKY-TREK $301 Per Person We'll drive the famous road to Hana...and helicopter back. Experience the best of both worlds as you tour the famous Road to Hana in...read more

  • ROAD TO HANA LOCAL STYLE...KAHULUI DEPARTURE

    ROAD TO HANA LOCAL STYLE...KAHULUI DEPARTURE $103 Per Person, $94 For Seniors, and $79 For Children The winding road to Hana possesses a mystical quality and is certainly...read more

  • KAHAKULOA VALLEY TOUR

    KAHAKULOA VALLEY TOUR $107 Per Person This tour is an incredible way to experience old Hawaii. Nakalele Point is the northern-most point on Maui and is the home of...read more

  • MAUI JEEP SAFARI

    MAUI JEEP SAFARI $101 Per Person Your stable of jeeps awaits you as you disembark your cruise ship in the busy port town of Lahaina. Some of the jeeps will have a driver...read more

  • ROAD TO HANA LOCAL STYLE...LAHAINA DEPARTURE

    ROAD TO HANA LOCAL STYLE...LAHAINA DEPARTURE $103 Per Person The winding road to Hana possesses a mystical quality and is certainly not a drive you would want to take...read more

  • GUIDED SCUBA ECO TOUR TO LANAI

    GUIDED SCUBA ECO TOUR TO LANAI $170 Per Person Get ready for a great morning of spectacular diving on some of the most interesting underwater locations around Hawaii....read more

  • SURFING LESSON FOR BEGINNERS

    SURFING LESSON FOR BEGINNERS $63 Per Person Beginner group lessons are available to virtually everyone, and there are very few limitations when considering the age, weight,...read more

  • BIKE DOWN HALEAKALA - LAHAINA PICKUP

    BIKE DOWN HALEAKALA - LAHAINA PICKUP $140 Per Person This is a tour so well-known that many hear about it without even knowing where to do it. There are two tours a day,...read more

  • HIKE THE HALEAKALA CRATER

    HIKE THE HALEAKALA CRATER $130 Per Person (Minimum of 10 Poeple) We begin with a scenic drive up to the crater of Haleakala in our comfortable, air-conditioned vans. Enjoy...read more

  • WATERFALL HIKING EXPERIENCE

    WATERFALL HIKING EXPERIENCE $1,016 Per Person (Minimum of 12 Poeple) You will be greeted with the smell of freshly brewed Hawaiian coffee as you board your van in...read more

  • HIKE THE HALEAKALA CRATER

    HIKE THE HALEAKALA CRATER $130 Per Person (Minimum of 6 People Needed) We begin with a scenic drive up to the crater of Haleakala in our comfortable, air-conditioned vans....read more

  • MAUI HIKE AND KAYAK COMBINATION

    MAUI HIKE AND KAYAK COMBINATION $167 Per Person If you’re looking for the most incredible day of your vacation, you've definitely come to the right place. This Hike and...read more

  • RAINFOREST AND WATERFALL HIKE

    RAINFOREST AND WATERFALL HIKE $121 Per Person This storybook rainforest hike, complete with a waterfall, is what every guest dreams about. Our Waterfall Hike adventure...read more

  • HANA PICNIC-LAHAINA DEPARTURE

    HANA PICNIC-LAHAINA DEPARTURE $162 Per Person The day begins with a ride into the Central Valley and a continental breakfast at the Paia Plantation. The drive is in...read more

  • HELICOPTER TOUR - HANA AND HALEAKALA SPECTACULAR

    HELICOPTER TOUR - HANA AND HALEAKALA SPECTACULAR $227 Per Person (Price Increases with Individual Weight) This most popular tour will get you high above the beautiful...read more

  • SUNRISE AT HALEAKALA CRATER...LAHAINA DEPARTURE

    SUNRISE AT HALEAKALA CRATER...LAHAINA DEPARTURE $79 Per Person This trip gives you an opportunity to see a sunrise from one of the best vistas on our planet. You will...read more

  • SUNRISE AT HALEAKALA CRATER...KAHALUI DEPARTURE

    SUNRISE AT HALEAKALA CRATER...KAHALUI DEPARTURE $79 Per Person This trip gives you an opportunity to see a sunrise from one of the best vistas on our planet. You will...read more

  • BIKE DOWN HALEAKALA - KAHULUI PICKUP

    BIKE DOWN HALEAKALA - KAHULUI PICKUP $140 Per Person This is a tour so well-known that many hear about it without even knowing where to do it. There are two tours a day,...read more

  • HELICOPTER TOUR - HANA AND HALEAKALA SPECTACULAR

    HELICOPTER TOUR - HANA AND HALEAKALA SPECTACULAR $227 Per Person (Price Increases with Weight of Individual) This most popular tour will get you high above the beautiful...read more

  • GET MARRIED IN MAUI

    GET MARRIED IN MAUI $1,030 For The Wedding Package, And $852 For Wedding Vow Renewal Location: On the beach next to Hyatt Kaanapali. A simple wedding:...read more

  • RAINFOREST AND WATERFALL HIKE

    RAINFOREST AND WATERFALL HIKE $1,402 (Minimum of 12 Peoples) This storybook rainforest hike, complete with a waterfall, is what every guest dreams about. Our Waterfall Hike...read more

 

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