Kahului travel guide

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You're Going to Love Kahului

Whether you're island hopping or taking the time to explore the island of Maui properly, Kahului is a must-see spot. If you're on your way to Wailuku or the West Maui Forest Reserve, Kahului is a great place to stock up and gear up before your nature adventure! It has a youthful vibe, thanks to the student population of University of Hawaii Maui College and many long-term visitors, who make the town a home base for further travels.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Kahului

1. Surf's Up!

It wouldn't be a Hawaiian vacation without some place to set up surf. Kanaha Beach Park is not just a popular place to take a dip or relax in the sun; you'll find plenty of surf enthusiasts hitting up the waves, paragliding, and kitesurfing.

2. Scrumptious Food

Eat your way through Kahului's favorites, which include sweet Lima Manju, Dry Mein, Saimin, among others.

3. Nature Abounds

The Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect spot for bird enthusiasts. Besides the plethora of wildlife this 143-acre wetlands supports, it's home to Hawaii's native birds such as the Hawaiian duck, coot, and stilt.

4. Relax on the Beach

Head to Kanaha Beach Park and work up a tan, take in the sun and sand, and generally relax. Bring a good book for the day!

5. Don't Miss Tee-Off Time

For golf enthusiasts who want to be challenged, check out the dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course!

1. Surf's Up!

It wouldn't be a Hawaiian vacation without some place to set up surf. Kanaha Beach Park is not just a popular place to take a dip or relax in the sun; you'll find plenty of surf enthusiasts hitting up the waves, paragliding, and kitesurfing.

2. Scrumptious Food

Eat your way through Kahului's favorites, which include sweet Lima Manju, Dry Mein, Saimin, among others.

3. Nature Abounds

The Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect spot for bird enthusiasts. Besides the plethora of wildlife this 143-acre wetlands supports, it's home to Hawaii's native birds such as the Hawaiian duck, coot, and stilt.

4. Relax on the Beach

Head to Kanaha Beach Park and work up a tan, take in the sun and sand, and generally relax. Bring a good book for the day!

5. Don't Miss Tee-Off Time

For golf enthusiasts who want to be challenged, check out the dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course!

What to do in Kahului

1. Haleakala National Park: House of the Sun

The otherworldly terrain, unique hiking opportunities and the famously abundant nature of this national park, draw visitors from all over the island of Maui. The now dormant Haleakalā volcano formed the rugged mountain terrain around its crater, which stands in stark contrast to the lush sub-tropical forest below. Hike or drive to the peak to catch sunrise or sunset lights, and keep your eyes peeled for endangered species unique to this very park.

2. Kaanapali Beach: A Perfect Paradise

Once named America's best beach, this stretch of sand, just to the north of Lahaina, is the top choice for locals and tourists alike. Centuries ago Maui royalty retreated to these crystal blue waters for a break, and today it continues to feel fit for kings and queens. Swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, paddle boarding - you name it, this beach has it all. The Ka'anapali Whaler's Village shopping complex and the two nearby golf courses offer even more opportunities for enjoyment.

3. Waiʻanapanapa State Park: The Road to Hana

The volcanic coastline of Maui is at its best in this glorious and remote state park. It is a highlight of the scenic Hana Highway, beloved for its mind-blowing hiking trails, panoramic views, and the unique black sand beach. Discover ocean caves, inlets, blowholes and the otherworldly beauty of Hawaiian landscape with a walk through Waianapanapa park. The name translates to "glistening water," and there is surely no shortage of it to be found here.

4. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens: Flourishing Islands

These Botanical Gardens are unique to the state of Hawaii, highlighting the natural world of the isolated archipelago. Unlike other such gardens around the world, Maui Nui focuses exclusively on local flora, rather than recreating alternative climates for foreign species in which to thrive. The goal here is to cultivate native and Polynesian-introduced plants - the plants that have called here home for centuries - to educate us about their relationship to Hawaiian economy and culture.

5. Iao Valley State Park: Peaks and Valleys

This flourishing valley at the heart of Maui boasts a great diversity of local flora and fauna, gorgeous hiking trails, and unique geological formations that will make your jaw drop. The incredible Kukaemoku, "Iao Needle," shoots over 1,000 feet skyward from the valley floor, a seemingly miraculous peak covered in luscious vegetation. Don't miss the chance of a hike through this unforgettable landscape.

6. Lahaina Banyan Court Park: The Heart of Lahaina

Since it was planted in 1873, the banyan tree at the center of this courtyard has grown to become the largest in all of Hawaii. A sight to behold in itself, this tree is also at the heart of Lahaina's greatest attractions. The Ruins of the Old Fort stand just a stone's throw away, a relic from the days of whaling in the Pacific. Just beyond, Front Street - the quaint thoroughfare of the town - extends, lined with good eats, shopping and views of the harbor.

Kaanapali BeachKaanapali Beach
Waiʻanapanapa State ParkWaiʻanapanapa State Park
Iao Valley State ParkIao Valley State Park

1. Haleakala National Park: House of the Sun

The otherworldly terrain, unique hiking opportunities and the famously abundant nature of this national park, draw visitors from all over the island of Maui. The now dormant Haleakalā volcano formed the rugged mountain terrain around its crater, which stands in stark contrast to the lush sub-tropical forest below. Hike or drive to the peak to catch sunrise or sunset lights, and keep your eyes peeled for endangered species unique to this very park.

2. Kaanapali Beach: A Perfect Paradise

Once named America's best beach, this stretch of sand, just to the north of Lahaina, is the top choice for locals and tourists alike. Centuries ago Maui royalty retreated to these crystal blue waters for a break, and today it continues to feel fit for kings and queens. Swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, paddle boarding - you name it, this beach has it all. The Ka'anapali Whaler's Village shopping complex and the two nearby golf courses offer even more opportunities for enjoyment.

3. Waiʻanapanapa State Park: The Road to Hana

The volcanic coastline of Maui is at its best in this glorious and remote state park. It is a highlight of the scenic Hana Highway, beloved for its mind-blowing hiking trails, panoramic views, and the unique black sand beach. Discover ocean caves, inlets, blowholes and the otherworldly beauty of Hawaiian landscape with a walk through Waianapanapa park. The name translates to "glistening water," and there is surely no shortage of it to be found here.

4. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens: Flourishing Islands

These Botanical Gardens are unique to the state of Hawaii, highlighting the natural world of the isolated archipelago. Unlike other such gardens around the world, Maui Nui focuses exclusively on local flora, rather than recreating alternative climates for foreign species in which to thrive. The goal here is to cultivate native and Polynesian-introduced plants - the plants that have called here home for centuries - to educate us about their relationship to Hawaiian economy and culture.

5. Iao Valley State Park: Peaks and Valleys

This flourishing valley at the heart of Maui boasts a great diversity of local flora and fauna, gorgeous hiking trails, and unique geological formations that will make your jaw drop. The incredible Kukaemoku, "Iao Needle," shoots over 1,000 feet skyward from the valley floor, a seemingly miraculous peak covered in luscious vegetation. Don't miss the chance of a hike through this unforgettable landscape.

6. Lahaina Banyan Court Park: The Heart of Lahaina

Since it was planted in 1873, the banyan tree at the center of this courtyard has grown to become the largest in all of Hawaii. A sight to behold in itself, this tree is also at the heart of Lahaina's greatest attractions. The Ruins of the Old Fort stand just a stone's throw away, a relic from the days of whaling in the Pacific. Just beyond, Front Street - the quaint thoroughfare of the town - extends, lined with good eats, shopping and views of the harbor.

Kaanapali BeachKaanapali Beach
Waiʻanapanapa State ParkWaiʻanapanapa State Park
Iao Valley State ParkIao Valley State Park

1. Haleakala National Park: House of the Sun

The otherworldly terrain, unique hiking opportunities and the famously abundant nature of this national park, draw visitors from all over the island of Maui. The now dormant Haleakalā volcano formed the rugged mountain terrain around its crater, which stands in stark contrast to the lush sub-tropical forest below. Hike or drive to the peak to catch sunrise or sunset lights, and keep your eyes peeled for endangered species unique to this very park.

Kaanapali Beach

2. Kaanapali Beach: A Perfect Paradise

Once named America's best beach, this stretch of sand, just to the north of Lahaina, is the top choice for locals and tourists alike. Centuries ago Maui royalty retreated to these crystal blue waters for a break, and today it continues to feel fit for kings and queens. Swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, paddle boarding - you name it, this beach has it all. The Ka'anapali Whaler's Village shopping complex and the two nearby golf courses offer even more opportunities for enjoyment.

Waiʻanapanapa State Park

3. Waiʻanapanapa State Park: The Road to Hana

The volcanic coastline of Maui is at its best in this glorious and remote state park. It is a highlight of the scenic Hana Highway, beloved for its mind-blowing hiking trails, panoramic views, and the unique black sand beach. Discover ocean caves, inlets, blowholes and the otherworldly beauty of Hawaiian landscape with a walk through Waianapanapa park. The name translates to "glistening water," and there is surely no shortage of it to be found here.

Iao Valley State Park

4. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens: Flourishing Islands

These Botanical Gardens are unique to the state of Hawaii, highlighting the natural world of the isolated archipelago. Unlike other such gardens around the world, Maui Nui focuses exclusively on local flora, rather than recreating alternative climates for foreign species in which to thrive. The goal here is to cultivate native and Polynesian-introduced plants - the plants that have called here home for centuries - to educate us about their relationship to Hawaiian economy and culture.

5. Iao Valley State Park: Peaks and Valleys

This flourishing valley at the heart of Maui boasts a great diversity of local flora and fauna, gorgeous hiking trails, and unique geological formations that will make your jaw drop. The incredible Kukaemoku, "Iao Needle," shoots over 1,000 feet skyward from the valley floor, a seemingly miraculous peak covered in luscious vegetation. Don't miss the chance of a hike through this unforgettable landscape.

6. Lahaina Banyan Court Park: The Heart of Lahaina

Since it was planted in 1873, the banyan tree at the center of this courtyard has grown to become the largest in all of Hawaii. A sight to behold in itself, this tree is also at the heart of Lahaina's greatest attractions. The Ruins of the Old Fort stand just a stone's throw away, a relic from the days of whaling in the Pacific. Just beyond, Front Street - the quaint thoroughfare of the town - extends, lined with good eats, shopping and views of the harbor.

Activities & attractions in Kahului

Where to Eat in Kahului

If you want to try something hearty and Hawaiian, check out the low-key atmosphere and tasty food at Da Kitchen. Two can dine here for $23 over one dish because of generous portion sizes.

Most popular restaurants in Kahului

Global, International
Wonderful (894 reviews)
Italian
Very good (108 reviews)
Global, International
Wonderful (894 reviews)
Italian
Very good (108 reviews)

When to visit Kahului

Kahului in October
Estimated package price
$757
2 travelers
Flight to Kahului
3 nights at hotel
Kahului in October
Estimated package price
$757
2 travelers
Flight to Kahului
3 nights at hotel

Vacationers love to visit in the winter, from November to March, as the temperatures range from 81 - 84, though this season sees the most rain. Summer is relatively pleasant with little rainfall, though temperatures rise to 89.

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How to Get to Kahului

Plane

Travelers will land at the local Kahului Airport at Keolani Place. The distance to the city center is 2.7 miles, which takes eight minutes. Take a taxi or grab an Uber because local buses do not allow passengers with large suitcases to board.

Car

It's easy to get around Maui by car. Getting from Wailuku to Kahului is a 7 to 10 minute journey, using Lower Main Street and Kahului Beach Road.

Bus

Since Kahului is just one district on the island of Maui, travelers come from neighboring towns like Wailuku and Kaanapali and Haiku. Buses are shuttles that have a general boarding fare of $2. Routes come with a warning: you cannot carry a large suitcase or a surfboard on board.

Plane

Travelers will land at the local Kahului Airport at Keolani Place. The distance to the city center is 2.7 miles, which takes eight minutes. Take a taxi or grab an Uber because local buses do not allow passengers with large suitcases to board.

Car

It's easy to get around Maui by car. Getting from Wailuku to Kahului is a 7 to 10 minute journey, using Lower Main Street and Kahului Beach Road.

Bus

Since Kahului is just one district on the island of Maui, travelers come from neighboring towns like Wailuku and Kaanapali and Haiku. Buses are shuttles that have a general boarding fare of $2. Routes come with a warning: you cannot carry a large suitcase or a surfboard on board.

Airports near Kahului

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Airlines serving Kahului

Lufthansa
Good (4,586 reviews)
KLM
Good (847 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,420 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,594 reviews)
Air France
Good (970 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,551 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,921 reviews)
Emirates
Good (2,122 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,484 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,686 reviews)
Finnair
Good (878 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (911 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,477 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (703 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,617 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (775 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (955 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (48 reviews)
China Southern
Excellent (27 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (818 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kahului

For a comfortable stay in luxury surroundings, don't miss the Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport. You can also check into the Maui Seaside Hotel. Backpackers will love the Banana Bungalow Maui.

Popular Neighborhoods in Kahului

Kahului City Center - the main core of Kahului, this area has tons of amenities, homes, is close to the Kahului Harbor, and houses the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Ah Fong Village - Ah Fong Village is a quiet district, away from the center, where many long-term vacationers stay.

Kanaha - this district is home to the beautiful and serene Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kahului City Center - the main core of Kahului, this area has tons of amenities, homes, is close to the Kahului Harbor, and houses the University of Hawaii Maui College.
Ah Fong Village - Ah Fong Village is a quiet district, away from the center, where many long-term vacationers stay.
Kanaha - this district is home to the beautiful and serene Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kahului

Most booked hotels in Kahului

Wailuku Guesthouse
2 stars
Excellent (8.3, 138 reviews)
$170+
Howzit Hostels
1 star
Excellent (8.2, 955 reviews)
$67+
Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, 245 reviews)
$423+
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, 205 reviews)
$543+
Paia Inn
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, 420 reviews)
$398+
Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront
2 stars
Good (7.7, 602 reviews)
$312+

How to Get Around Kahului

Public Transportation

Public transportation around Kahului consists of buses. The island is well connected but service is infrequent, especially on the weekends. A monthly pass costs $42.50 and a single fare, one way, for an adult is $2.

Taxi

Hail any of the local taxis that charge by the meter. It's a flat rate of $5.25 to start and it's $2.50 per mile thereafter.

Car

You can rent cars to check out the rest of Kahului and Maui from companies like Avis, Enterprise, and Alamo starting from $20 a day.

Public Transportation

Public transportation around Kahului consists of buses. The island is well connected but service is infrequent, especially on the weekends. A monthly pass costs $42.50 and a single fare, one way, for an adult is $2.

Taxi

Hail any of the local taxis that charge by the meter. It's a flat rate of $5.25 to start and it's $2.50 per mile thereafter.

Car

You can rent cars to check out the rest of Kahului and Maui from companies like Avis, Enterprise, and Alamo starting from $20 a day.

The Cost of Living in Kahului

Shopping Streets

If you're in the mood for the hustle and bustle of shopping centers, check out the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center or the Maui Marketplace.

Groceries and Other

A gallon of milk is $1.52 and a dozen eggs will run you approximately $5.

Cheap meal
$15.25
A pair of jeans
$49.37
Single public transport ticket
$2.00
Cappuccino
$3.45