The Best of Kahului: A Guide for Visitors


Kahului is the largest city on Maui and is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. While many people come to Kahului to enjoy the shopping and Costco, there is much more to this city than meets the eye.

In this guide, we will take a look at some of the best places to visit in Kahului and what makes them so special.

Maui Transportation Kahului

  • Ultimate Air Trampoline – fun for all, and especially great if too hot or raining
  • Casanova’s Restaurant – Great spot for lunch or dinner
  • Maui Mall – Movie Theatres, restaurants, Wholefoods
  • Tin Roof – Amazing to go food with local twist
  • Maui Arts and Cultural Center – events like concerts, gallery shows, festivals
  • Playgrounds and Parks – The area is dotted with many spots for familes

Kahului Playground

1. Location

Kahului is located on the island of Maui in the state of Hawaii. The city is the largest on the island and is home to the main airport (Kahului Airport or OGG), which is a hub for Hawaiian Airlines. Kahului is also home to the University of Hawaii Maui College and Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Kahului Airport

2. Weather

The weather in Kahului is typical of Hawaii, with warm temperatures year-round (though usually hotter and drier than other areas of Maui). The average high temperature in Kahului is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average low temperature is 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The city experiences very little rainfall, with an average of only 10 inches per year.

3. History

Kahului was founded in 1841 by King Kamehameha III as a port town for ships traveling between Honolulu and Lahaina. The city grew rapidly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as sugar plantations were established in the area. Today, Kahului is a major tourist destination (due to it being home to our airport) and is home to several shopping malls and hotels.

4. Geography

Kahului is situated on the north shore of Maui, adjacent to the city of Wailuku. The city covers an area of approximately 5 square miles and is surrounded by mountains on three sides. Kahului Bay is located just to the east of the city.

5. Economy

The economy of Kahului is largely based on tourism and agriculture. The city is home to several resorts, hotels, and shopping malls, which attract visitors from all over the world. Agriculture was also playing a significant role in the economy, with sugarcane being one of the main crops grown in the area.  But now it’s uncertain what the future of the land will be.

Kahului is an amazing city with something for everyone. There are plenty of options for visitors to choose from. No matter what your interests are, you are sure to find something that you’ll love in Kahului.

Kahului Maui

Other spots on Maui worth visiting:

Haleakala National Park is home to Maui’s highest peak, Haleakala, which offers stunning views of the island. There are also numerous hiking trails and campsites available for visitors to use (though advanced reservations are required and very hard to get). Haleakala National Park is a great place to see native Hawaiian plants and animals in their natural habitats.

Another must-see not far from Kahului is the Maui Ocean Center. This marine park is one of the largest in the state and is home to over 60 different species of fish. Located in Maalaea, the Maui Ocean Center is a great place for both kids and adults to learn about Hawaii’s amazing ocean life. Visitors can even pet starfish and urchin in the touch tanks!

For those looking for a more cultural experience, the Bailey House Museum is a great option (but in neighboring Wailuku). This museum tells the story of early missionaries in Hawaii and how they helped to shape the island’s culture. The museum also has a number of historic artifacts on display, making it a great place to learn about Hawaii’s history.

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