Anyone arriving in Maui by plane will most likely experience Kahului, home to Maui’s main airport and the major retail centre for locals. While not often thought of as a tourist destination in its own right, Kahului is home to some unique points of interest well worth visiting. There are few better ways to begin a day on Maui than with a Kahului surfing, kite surfing or windsurfing lesson. Continue your Kahului experience at the Maui Art & Cultural Centre. Even if there aren’t any live performances taking place, this is still a great place to wander around and experience amazing art both local and international.

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Area 55,934
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With Filipino now Hawaii’s largest ethnicity, it comes as no surprise that some of Kahului’s best restaurants are either explicitly Filipino or at least heavily influenced by Filipino cooking styles. The pick of these is Bistro Manila, fooling patrons with its delusive exterior yet delighting them with its unmistakably authentic Filipino flavours. This is a must for any visitor to Kahalui. There are also many eateries in Kahului offering traditional Hawaiian cuisine. Hawaiian food today can be described as a fusion of Polynesian, American and Asian (particularly Filipino and Japanese) cuisines. Don’t leave Maui without trying a few of the local classics like ahi poke, fried spam musubi and kalua roast pork. These local favourites can be found at most casual eateries in Kahului. When it comes to dessert, or a refreshing snack for that matter, it doesn’t take a genius to notice that ‘shave ice’ is the treat of choice in Hawaii. Kahului is fortunate to be home to one of the most popular shave ice vendors in all of Hawaii, Ululani’s. Located just five minutes from the airport, Ululani’s makes for the perfect stop-off for anyone with time to kill before their flight.


Kahului is the only place on Maui where visitors can find department stores, with Sears and Macy’s both represented. These can be found in Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, an impressive open-air shopping complex in the heart of town. There’s free Wi-Fi on offer here, and a great Farmers’ Market in the centre of the complex every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Queen Ka’ahumanu Center is also home to an extensive collection of boutiques, big brand outlets and specialty stores, with more than 100 retailers under its roof all up. Once the retail therapy urges have been satisfied, unwind with a movie at the centre’s six-screen cinema complex. Anyone lucky enough to be in Maui on a Saturday morning will have the opportunity to experience the Maui Swap Meet, a street market with a diverse range of vendors selling everything from fresh local produce to handmade arts and crafts. This is the best place in Maui to pick up a bargain, and with free parking and 50 cent entry it’s hard to go wrong. It travelling to the US mainland, why not stock up on a box of fresh Hawaiian pineapples before take-off? The famous Mr Pineapple, located on Dairy Road close to the airport, will pack and stamp a travel-ready box of pineapples which can then be taken on domestic flights free of charge, thanks to agreements with the airlines.