Vacations to Kahului, Maui
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When people think of Hawaii, or even the island of Maui for that matter, the city of Kahului rarely springs to mind. This sleepy town was first established back in the 1850s to service the sugar industry and has since grown to become Maui' main transport and shopping hub. Most traveller' visit here on their way to H?na Highway, Haleakal? National Park, Iao Valley or Lahaina, but more than just a pit-stop, Kahului is equally capable of offering a memorable visit and taste of Hawaii' culturally rich heritage.
Whether it' learning about Kahului' sugar industry past, exploring the many bakeshops or relaxing on the beach, visitors will be wise in spending a day or two exploring the city during their wider Hawaiian vacation. Ultimate destination aside, the fun is always in the journey?
What to do during the day?
Kahului is a cultural hub for everything related to Maui' history. At the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, exhibits explain how their valuable sugar product was grown, harvested and distributed as one of Maui' biggest exports. Meanwhile the Maui Arts and Cultural Centre (MACC) is eager to showcase Kahului' creativity, regularly hosting major music, theatre and dance productions to packed audiences. Chances of being able to attend one of these events is high as the MACC hosts over 1,800 each year!
Before exploring Maui' unique backcountry, it' worth stopping by the Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary (just east of downtown Kahului), a famous wetland frequented by three of Hawaii' most endangered birds. Nearby also boasts the idyllic Kanaha Beach County Park, where water and beach sports can be enjoyed on a peaceful coastal expense.
As the commercial hub of Maui, Kahului is THE destination in which locals and tourists can snap up essential items and souvenirs. The city boasts a number of colourful markets, including the popular Maui Swap Meet, the biggest outdoor market on the island to which locals flock with their handmade merchandise.
What to do at night?
Unlike the Hawaiian state capital of Honolulu, Kahului' nightlife is a little more subdued. That' not to say it' hard to find an evening vice to suit your taste as, when the sun goes down, the islanders end their work to enjoy great food, music and dance. On Thursday nights, locals flock to Caf' Mambo, where cocktails are served with a screening of a classic movie. Meanwhile, visitors can sample some of Willie Nelson' favourite libations at the musician' oft-frequented drinking hole, Charley' Restaurant and Saloon, all the while listening to smooth jazz, rock 'n' roll or country.
Whether you'e planning on remaining in Kahului or venturing farther afield, Maui has an ample selection of wedding-worthy resorts to cater to your big day. At the Royal Lahaina Resort, couples can tie the knot with an ocean view, comforted by the knowledge that every little detail will be taken care of by the on-site wedding coordinator. Over at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, budding brides can choose from six stunning ceremony locations as part of their wider package that includes fresh orchids, a Hawaiian ukulele or guitar player and a wedding cake. Low-key or lavish, there' a Maui destination wedding package to suit every taste.
What else is nearby?
Kahului is the perfect gateway to begin exploring the natural beauty Maui has to offer, like the expansive Haleakal? National Park, which covers more than 33,265 acres of the island. Here visitors trek to see Mt. Haleakal', a dormant 10,023 feet high volcano that towers over an ecologically diverse terrain prime for backcountry camping, hiking and guided ranger tours.
Once again taking advantage of Maui' varied landscape, Hana is a small, secluded town on the eastern coastline to which travellers flock. It' reached by the famous Hana Highway, Routes 36 and 360, a winding drive that journeys through lush, tropical rainforest. Due to the many bends and curves in the road (620 to be exact) this 52 km voyage takes an average of 2.5 hours to drive, even without the irresistible scenic stops you'e sure to pas.
Finally Iao Valley State Park, located near the centre of the island, is home to one of Maui' most impressive landmarks. Here visitors can gaze upon the "Iao Needle," a 1,200-ft high green-mantled stone outcropping that looms over waterfalls, the Iao Stream and the resting place of the Hawaiian King Kapawa.
What to eat?
With Pan-Asian, American and Polynesian influences, Kahului cuisine is a unique experience for any out-of-town visitor. One of the most popular vendors in the city is Ululani' Hawaiian Shave Ice, where customers are served colourful cups of shave ice topped with a variety of syrup flavours. Unlike the more common snow cone, the ultra-fine shave ice originally hailing from Japan -- is able to absorb the syrup more effectively.
Sweet tooth still not satisfied? Another popular treat in Kahului is Wow Wow Lemonade, sold from a small wooden trailer near the Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary. These handcrafted Hawaiian lemonades are served in mason jars and made with a variety of local fruits like kale, watermelon, pineapple and of course, lemon.
For a quick, but satisfying lunchtime eat, join the local crowd at Da Kitchen Kahului, a low-key restaurant that serves traditional Hawaiian fare. Mahi cakes, fried pork mandoo, shrimp shumai and kalua pork are just some of the tasty dishes that have put this small establishment on international food the map.
Where to stay?
Whether you'e looking to stay in the hustle and bustle of Kahului city or in a more isolated haven, there' a hotel available to suit both your taste and budget. At the lowest end of the price spectrum, Blue Tile Beach House offers comfortable surroundings with a beachfront location from just $179 per night. Meanwhile Luana Kai Resort, from $184 per night, features a sauna, outdoor pool, oceanfront view and full kitchen facilities in each room.Mid-range:
In the mid-range price bracket, Maui hotels up their game to provide guests with an unforgettable experience. The Maui Sunset resort, from $244 per night, is another hotel that boasts full kitchen facilities along with Egyptian cotton linens and separate sitting areas. Likewise, condos at Sugar Beach Resort ($249 per night) will feel like a home away from home, the bonus being in the name as the resort sits on one of the island' finest beaches.High end:
Venturing further afield from Kahului, the majority of Maui' five-star resorts can be found on the western side of the island, like the luxurious Montage Kapalua Bay from $772 per night. Here guests can relax in the on-site spa, make a splash in the outdoor infinity pool or quench their thirst at the poolside bar. Also swathing guests in the lap of luxury is The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, where from $865 per night, guests can test one of three outdoor pools and sample the finest cuisine at the six on-site restaurants.
When to go?
Summer and winter in Maui generally incite the highest hotel and flight prices, however, savings can be gleaned for travellers willing to journey in spring and fall. While snowbirds descend upon the island in December through to March, this is also the best time of year to spot whales and surf, given the rougher ocean waters. For an extra special experience of island life, Maui hosts the popular Aloha Festival every September, where parades, street parties and concerts honour native Hawaiian culture and traditions.
One of the most popular methods for getting around Maui is by hiring a rental car, which offer reasonable rates given the abundance of competition between companies. A rental car is an even better idea if you intend on driving the Hana Highway, whereby an open top vehicle is highly recommended. Buses may be a good option for those who don't have much luggage and fares cost approximately $2 for each journey, though some of the routes are free. Taxis are generally best used for short trips within a town as fares start from $2 per km.
Kahului' temperature is consistently warm throughout the year, posting highs above 32°C and lows of just 17°C, no matter what the month. Given Maui' tropical climate, the island does experience two distinct dry and wet seasons, the latter of which can see rainfall accumulation of up to 85mm a month between November and April. Kahului is also known as being one of the windiest cities in the U.S.A., which though perfect for windsurfing, can see gusts averaging 13.7 mph per year.
As a city within the U.S. state of Hawaii, the currency of Kahului is that of the American dollar (sign: $; code: USD), which can be purchased at Kahului Airport. Likewise, most hotels will exchange foreign currency and traveller' checks are still widely accepted. Always inform your bank of any travel plans if you intend to use a credit card.