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Planning Your Trip
Free & Affordable Things To Do
OGG, the airport
Iao Valley, the spiritual center
Wailuku, old Maui
Kahului, the shopping center
Paia, windsurfing capitol
Hana, the last Hawaiian place

Lahaina, sin city 1860
Maalaea, ocean center
Kihei, condos, malls, beaches
Wailea, big hotels
Haleakala Crater
Upcountry. cowboys, shopping

Kahului, the shopping center

This is where all Maui comes to shop, at the four malls and dozens of stores that make Kahului the island's commercial center. The Community College and the Arts and Cultural Center would make it the island's cultural center as well except cultural activities are happening all over the place.

central maui map

Kanaha Beach Park


Kanaha Beach Park

Tucked in behind the airport is a neat secret. You can be in the water before your rental car even warms up. Jenny, Ted and Katy loved this mile long, peaceful sand and rock beach Great place for kids and picnics with paved parking, restrooms, tables, grills, showers and a campsite. Some windsurfers launch from here.

Kanaha Pond

This was once a royal fishpond and now is a protected wildlife refuge, home of the the Hawaiian stilt, or ae'o. It's one of the few places in Hawaii where the bird can feed and breed. Believe it opr not, there is a stilt right in the middle of the picture below. Next, time I'll try to get closer. The little house is for you, not the stilt, to sit in and enjoy the view and relative quiet off the highway.

Kanaha PondKanaha Pond 2

Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Maui Community College

Through the generosity of the local movers and shakers, Maui has a first class cultural center where you can enjoy big name rock concerts, ballets, foreign films, ethnic celebrations, fine art shows and on and on. Local theater and dance classes happen here as well. Check the Maui News for listings.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Maui Community College
The College is moving beyond being a two year vocational education center for nursing, culinary arts and auto mechanics. A new Media Center building is in the works to train students in the fast lane technology of the 21st century. Advanced degree work is available from the University of Hawaii via distance learning tachniques.
Maui Community College

Kaahumanu Center

Right at the entrance you'll find Maui Hands. Local artists and crafts people offer elegant and sophisticated paintings, graphics, sculpture and woodwork at reasonable prices.


These striking fabric wings form a canopy over Maui's biggest shopping mall with almost 100 shops and restaurants. There is a 6 screen theater complex and an international food court. All kinds of community events are held in the court.

 • Queen Kaahumanu Center


Sooner or later, you'll want to learn about "crack seed" and Camellia Seed is th place to do it. Try the "Wet Lemon Peel" or "Li Hing Mui."

Kahului Shopping Center

Maui Mall


This quiet old mall is still a favorite for local retirees who hang out under the trees, play cards and gossip. Ah Fooks Market is still the place to find interesting ethnic foods and tropical fruits. The Wednesday Farmer's Market is a great place to buy fresh produce and pick up a gift from a local craftsperson.

This quiet and comfortable mall has been overshadowed by the two newbies. Still, it's a favorite of ours for easy access and good buys.
• Maui Mall

Don't miss the Paper Airplane Museum and the Tin Can Man in the middle of the mall. Great collection of paper airplane kits plus instructions on how to make your own planes out of soda pop cans. One of our favorites.
Paper Airplane Museum

Maui Marketplace


Big box retailers like Eagle, Office Max and Borders moved into this strip mall near the airport and the center of shopping gravity shifted over this way. Can't seem to get a picture of this that looks like anything but a big strip mall (seen one). If you want to feel like you're back home, drop in.

Puunene Sugar Mill

A&B Sugar Museum

Sugar Mill
This mill has been running for longer than any of us have been alive. Cane is hauled in from the fields in huge trucks, washed, crushed, filtered and the concentrated juice sent off to the harbor in tankers to be sailed to the mainland for processing in California, then sent back to us in boxes.

Maui's plantation era and sugar industry are documented here in considerable detail. Lots of information on the contribution made by the waves of immigrant workers who made it all work.
• A&B Sugar Museum

Sugar Museum

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