Maui Cities: A Quick Guide

December 6, 2017

Use our quick Maui cities guide to discover where you want to visit.

Maui is home to a variety of unique cities. From quaint oceanfront towns to old plantation towns and upscale master-planned resorts, Maui is a welcoming island with a laid-back aloha spirit.

The Road to Hana


An isolated ocean community surrounded by dense rain forests. Hana is located at the end of the Highway to Hana and is very much a retreat for island visitors looking for an undeveloped area of Hawaii. Activities in Hana include:


On the north slope of Maui, you’ll find Haiku. An old plantation town, Haiku still has a rustic vibe with eateries, shops, cafes and spas open to vacationers. Other things to do in Haiku include:

  • Haiku Marketplace
  • Pauwela Cannery
  • The Sacred Garden of Maui


Kahului is one of Maui’s larger cities. It is the commercial and transportation center of the island, has Maui’s two largest malls, and the main airport and a deep water port are located in Kahului. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the following Kahului activities:

Kaanapali Beach


Travel to Maui’s western shore to find Kaanapali. Famous for its gorgeous beaches, visitors can also visit Whalers Village and play on championship golf courses at Kaanapali. While exploring one of the western Maui cities, check out these things to do:

  • Kaanapali Coffee Farm
  • Skyline Eco-Adventures Zipline Tours
  • Volcano Air Tours


Luxury awaits at Kapalua, a northwest Maui city. Pristine beaches, high-end resorts, and world-class golf courses are a few of the highlights of Kapalua. Top Kapalua activities include:

  • Kapalua Plantation Golf Course
  • Kapalua Beach
  • Mahana Ridge Trail


Sunny and dry, Kihei is home to 6 miles of beaches where vacationers can soak up the full island experience. The condition is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, surging and even kayaking. Kihei is located on the southeast coast of Maui. While discovering all this city has to offer, be sure to check out these activities:

  • Maui Brewing Company
  • Humpback Whale Sanctuary
  • Kihei 4th Friday Town Parties

Lahaina, Hawaii


An old whaling port, Lahaina is now a lively oceanfront tourist center and one of Maui’s most popular destinations. Stroll down Front Street, browse through galleries, dine at a local eatery, see historic sites and watch some of the best sunsets on the island. Popular Lahaina activities include:


Calm waters are protected by an offshore reef which makes Napili appealing to families. Located on the northwest shore of Maui, Napili is a beach town with beautiful coastline views, dining, shopping and numerous outdoor activities. While in Napili, add these activities and destinations to your itinerary:

  • Devouring Pancakes at The Gazebo
  • Napili Farmer's Market
  • Napili Bay Beach


Windsurfing, surfing and unique shopping and dining experiences are part of the Paia experience. Laid-back with a slight hippie-vibe, Paia is also a great pit stop for Road to Hana excursions. Check out these activities and places during your journey through one of the top Maui cities:

  • Paia Town
  • Baldwin Beach Park
  • Maui Dharma Center

Wailea, Hawaii


Designed as a master-planned community, Wailea is an upscale resort area with high-end, luxurious resorts, boutiques, golf courses and restaurants. Don't miss these Wailea attractions during your trip:

  • Wailea Golf Club
  • Te Au Moana Luau
  • Shops at Wailea


Historic buildings and quaint ‘mom and pop’ style stores attract visitors to Wailuku. This Maui city is also the islands seat of county government. Rounding out the list of Maui cities, remember to visit these Wailuku destinations:

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