Also known as “The Valley Isle,” Maui is the second largest Hawaiian Island. The Central district is where local residents and visitors frequently frolic. Whether you’re looking for adventure, sightseeing, culture or shopping you’ll find a myriad of things to do in this central area.
Maui’s main airport (OGG) is located in Kahului. This bustling town has a mix of neighborhoods, business, tourism and commerce. Most of the island’s car rental facilities and national retailers are located in this area.
Just 10 minutes west from the airport is Wailuku, the county seat of Maui’s government and commercial district. Explore charming wooden storefronts, dozens of family businesses, local restaurants and bakeries. Wailuku also offers fascinating historical attractions. Visit the Bailey House Museum, an early missionary home housing Hawaiian artifacts and art; or the 90 year-old Iao Theater.
The island’s most recognizable landmark is the 1,200 foot Iao Needle. Situated in the peaceful Iao Valley State Park, it overlooks a stream and is a popular attraction for hiking and sightseeing. A paved pedestrian path will take you to the ridge-top lookout, offering incredible views of the lush valley and towering emerald peaks.