Welcome to Wailuku
Four streams feed the lush landscape surrounding Wailuku, which made the area an important food source and landholding for Maui chieftains. Missionaries took up residence here in the 1800s. Today, while offering more sights on the National Register of Historic Places than any other town on Maui, Wailuku sees few tourists. And that is its appeal. An earthy mishmash of curio shops, galleries and mom-and-pop stores surround the modern center of the county capital, all begging to be browsed. If you’re here at lunchtime you’re in luck. Thanks to a combination of low rent and hungry government employees, Wailuku dishes up tasty eats at prices that shame more touristy towns.