Top Attractions in Wailuku
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What travelers are saying
- I came to enjoy a visit with my daughter but was told I could not pay with cash. What the heck is this about? Local families are often using cash rather than credit cards. This facility is obviously here for tourists not for locals. Shane on you!!!Written 17 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The plantation is beautiful with a really cool store, coffee & smoothie stand as well as a really cool little tram ride. The tour conductor is very informative and it’s a fun little activity.Written 2 December 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Mendes Ranch was top notch. The horse were well taken care of and well mannered. We felt safe the entire time and the views were awesome.Written 20 August 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Iao Valley State Monument is well worth the visit, even in the rain. (Not wheelchair or stroller friendly anytime)Iao Valley State Monument is just a short drive from Wailuku, and is this lovely green valley, full of the Islands’ ancient history and traditions. There are lots of sign boards located around to starting point that talk about the Iao valley's history, but it is a very popular stop-off point with tour bus companies.
Be aware that it is a steep climb from the car park, up to a covered wooden deck that gives a great view of the Lush Mountain valley, and it’s 1,200-ft. needle-shaped peak. There are 135 steps to be exact and for the not-so-young, could be a challenge, and is definitely not Pushchair friendly.
But if you are in a group and do not feel like climbing, take the path down to the river on the left of the bridge, where there are places to sit down or just continue to underneath the bridge, it's cooler and less popular, and you can soak your feet in freshwater while waiting for your group to return hot and sweaty.
We would recommend that if you have a choice, you go there as early as you can in the morning to avoid the tour buses, especially if there is a cruise ship in port.
Restrooms here so so, suggest that you wait till you visit the Kepaniwai heritage gardens just down the road on the way home.
TIP: Parking is free on road just outside Iao Valley State Monument, or $ 10 in the Monument car park.
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- Did a walkabout of this historic neighborhood and came across this old theater. It is now used as a performing arts center and is quite nice. It has a great history that includes Bob Hope doing USO shows there in WW2.Written 1 March 2022
- Had the opportunity to stop by the park and get and out walk in the afternoon. The clouds were forming around the peaks and offered a refreshing and majestic ambiance. The setting is peaceful and a pleasant place to spend some time.Written 12 November 2022
- Our entire family loved the exhibits a d learning so much about the fish of Maui. The whale movie in 3D is a can’t miss experience, and our kids loved every minute. Plenty of wildlife to see!Written 1 December 2021
- This museum is small (a former home), but is jam packed with historical artifacts of Maui's past. Hopefully a docent is there to assist with providing additional background. Paul was our host, and shared a lot about the history of Maui. There was a fascinating room dedicated to clothing fashion and influence through the ages, and it's well worth reading the placards on the wall, for the occasional snarky jab at the portrayals and stereotyping through Hollywood movies and influence. You really get a sense of the melting pot that is Hawaii's past as a trading hub of the pacific!
Paul's experience as a sailor on a round the world trip on a replica Hawaiian double-hulled catamaran, helped to liven up the information about the model there.
He was also very informative on other attractions to see in the area, and I imagine many of the docents are similarly knowledgeable, as they are passionate volunteers here. He recommended the Haleaka crater and the Iao valley state park (seen in exquisite paintings on the walls!)
There are examples of snail collections - a past owners' expertise in tree snails (including published, authoritative books), and the missionary service performed. There was an emphasis on education by past owners, and their dedication to lifting the essential skills of a soon-to-be "invaded" people by fast-changing cultural and political influences.
It's a wonderful museum for learning about the cultural background of the Maui island!
Utilize the amazing docents!Written 18 March 2020
- MAPA is more than just an outstanding Academy for drama and dance. It partners with schools to enrich reading through drama. It has produced Broadway-worthy musicals such as Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Evita, Jekyll and Hyde, and Hunchback of Notre Dame. I can’t wait to see Into the Woods and the children’s production of Lion King (Jr.) this summer of 2018.Written 1 March 2018
- This was a beautiful garden on the road into Iao Valley. Unfortunately it closed about two years ago.Written 7 April 2017
- Not being a local, but having been to my fair share of street festivals, when our friends who live in Maui asked us to attend First Friday, we were game. I’m glad we took them up on the offer as we had a good time. I know where I’m from we tend to have bigger street fairs, but this is a small town on an island so expect a much smaller venue. There were plenty of food vendors to pick from and while we are both meat eaters, one of our friends is not and there were plenty of vegan options. My fiancé visited “The Corn Project” booth where there were dressing ears of corn in all sorts of “toppings,” he got the Mexican option and it was amazing. There are two sections here for bands to setup. One section I was told is geared towards more local music, when I say local I mean Hawaiian. This ended up being our favorite area as there were multiple hula groups who were performing around the stage. The stage towards the back of the festival had a more mainstream pop cover band, which was also very good. In the area of the second band one will find multiple food trucks, everything from Thai, Mexican to bbq, there were plenty of food options to pick from. There are also a lot of local artisans selling their items. I bought a pineapple lime hot sauce from Hana Farms. Since I’ve been home I’ve put this sauce on tons of stuff. It goes really well on a burger, with a pineapple on a sweet Hawaiian bun. Definitely can’t wait till we’re back on the island next year to visit this little street fair.Written 13 September 2019
- Our family (two adults and two young children) stayed on the farm for several days at the beginning of Passover and had the most incredible time. The rabbi and rebbetzin are very welcoming and the entire farm is very inclusive - true to Chabad’s philosophy, everyone is welcome. Our kids ran around and played from dawn to dusk, and we felt right at home. We are looking forward to another trip soon!Written 1 December 2022
- If you have braved the east road then you should stop by this studio. Quick turn down off the road so don't miss it!. Unique items from glass to wood.Written 25 February 2019
- I went in to find a feather hat band. I definitely found one. What incredible pieces they have. It was interesting to watch their students working on feather leis. Auntie Pattie was so friendly and treated us like family! Definitely recommend.Written 25 August 2017
- Fairly narrow beach with some rocks. Between ocean and honoapililani hwy there ais parking adjacent to beach.
Locals spot- you will see some surfers though waves are normally quite tame.Written 18 August 2019
Frequently Asked Questions about Wailuku
- The best day trips from Wailuku according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Four Winds II Molokini Snorkeling Tour from Maalaea Harbor
- Majestic Haleakala Sunrise Tour with Pick-up
- Road to Hana Tour with Lunch and Pickup
- Private Tour: Road To Hana Tour from Kahului
- Haleakala Volcano Slingshot Navigation Self-Guided Tour
- The most popular things to do in Wailuku with kids according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Mendes Ranch
- Aqua Adventures
- Maui Magic
- Pride of Maui
- Pacific Whale Foundation - PacWhale Eco-Adventures