Top things to do in ʻIao Valley & Central Maui

Top Choice Museum in Wailuku

Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House

This small but historically evocative museum occupies the 1833 home of Wailuku’s first Christian missionary, Edward Bailey. He was the second missionary to occupy the house and lived here nearly 50 years. The home g…
Top Choice Beach in Kahului

Kanaha Beach Park

Well, you can’t judge a beach by its cover. Wedged between downtown Kahului and the airport, and hidden behind a strip of ironwood trees, this mile-long stretch of sand is surf city, with scores of brilliant sails z…
Top Choice Seafood in Kahului

Geste Shrimp Truck

Beside Kahului Harbor, this small white food truck – emblazoned with a giant shrimp – serves the tastiest shrimp on Maui – maybe even the world! A dozen costs $13 and you'll get a scoop of crab mac salad and rice to…
Top Choice Market in Kahului

Maui Swap Meet

Don’t be misled by 'swap meet’. This outdoor market is not a garage sale, nor a farmers market, but an arts and crafts show of the highest order. Scores of white tents, set up behind Maui College, are chock-full of …
Top Choice Cafe in Maʻalaea

Maʻalaea General Store & Cafe

Located in the only original building left from the days when Maʻalaea was a small Japanese fishing village, this friendly general store and cafe offers deli eats, fresh-baked bread, and a rare focus on veggie and g…
Top Choice Japanese in Wailuku

Sam Sato’s

On busy days, Sam Sato's may use 350lb of noodles to keep the crowds sated. A Hawaii classic, this place packs them in with steaming bowls of noodles and delicious manju (Japanese cakes filled with sweet bean paste)…
Top Choice Carnival in Wailuku

Wailuku First Friday

On the first Friday of every month, Market St turns into a pedestrian zone and laid-back street party, with several bands, lots of tasty food options, and even a beer garden. This is Wailuku at its finest, so don’t …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Kahului

Bistro Casanova

An offshoot of the popular Casanova in Makawao, this is Kahului’s classiest dining option, with happy hour offers on wine, beer and cocktails (from $5) between 4pm and 6pm. On the dinner menu the seafood and steaks …
Top Choice Music in Kahului

Ki Hoʻalu Slack Key Guitar Festival

Top slack key guitarists take the stage at this fun event, held on the lawn of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center each June.
Landmark in ʻIao Valley State Monument

ʻIao Needle

Rising straight up to 2250ft, this velvety green pinnacle is Maui’s iconic landmark. Most people shoot their mandatory photos from the bridge near the parking lot. A better idea, though, is to take the walkway just …