Average annual temperature: 76
Average annual rainfall: 23 inches
Elevation: Sea level to 48 feet
A planned community constructed in the 1950's as Dream City, Kahului is the major population and commercial center of the island and, as such, offers a large concentration of services. With the airport and harbor nearby, Kahului is the major point of embarkation for both goods and people.
Certainly the most ambitious residential project undertaken in recent years in Kahului is Maui Lani. A development of approximately 1000 acres, a total of 3500 new homes will grace the hillsides bordering Wailuku when the project is complete. An integral part of the project is the magnificent Maui Lani Dunes golf course.
The island's largest shopping center, Ka'ahumanu Center is located in Kahului. You'll find national chains such as Macy's, The Sharper Image and Sears as well as many local stores. There's also a food court and a six-plex movie theater. There are other centers in town, too such as The Maui Mall with its state-of-the-art, twelve-screen megaplex movie theater and the Kahului Shopping Center which offer additional shopping and dining choices. The newest center, Maui Marketplace, is home to the big Mainland box stores like Sports Authority, Lowe's and Office Max. Nearby you'll find discount outlet Costco, Home Depot and Walmart. Since Kahului is the island's major commercial center, there are, of course, offices, warehouses, and factories, many located in the town's industrial park.
The University of Hawaii, Maui Campus and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) are also in Kahului. MACC houses The Schaefer Art Gallery, a 1,200-seat auditorium as well as classrooms, meeting rooms and a grassy outdoor concert area with an area dedicated specifically to the art of Hula. The community college is constantly expanding its role as Maui's major center of education and offers a wide variety of continuing education and non-credit courses in addition to degree-track classes. All the major banks are represented with branches. Public and private elementary, intermediate and high schools, churches of every denomination, the island's main post office and library branch are all within close range in this well-planned community.
Maui Memorial Medical Center and Kaiser Clinic are located in Kahului. On the other side of the highway from these facilities lies the War Memorial Complex, track and football stadium, baseball stadium, gym and Olympic-sized swimming pool. This often-used arena is also where the Maui County Fair is staged each year. Kahului residents have their choice of several other pools and gyms, too, including a YMCA. Directly across from the War Memorial Complex is the big, beautiful, new Keopuolani Park with walking paths, ball fields and other recreational facilities.
Kanaha Pond, a wildlife sanctuary is on the ocean side edge of town. Kanaha Beach Park is a great and convenient location for family outings, surfing, kite and windsurfing.
Several canoe clubs call Kahului their homebase such as Lae Ula O Kai, Hawaiian and Na Kai Ewalu.
Residents of Kahului enjoy warm, sunny weather, usually accompanied by ocean breezes. They are also blessed with wonderful views of both the West Maui Mountains close by, and the grand profile of Mt. Haleakala in the eastern distance.
Average annual temperature: 70-78
Average annual rainfall: 33 inches
Elevation: Sea level to 500 feet
Wailuku is the Maui County seat where the civic, State and Federal buildings are located. The churches and residences generally have an older flavor and charm reminiscent of the plantation days. Many houses have been renovated and are a wonderful reminder of Hawai's past. The town sits at the entrance to beautiful Iao Valley, with a rich history and unique beauty.
Because it is the county seat, Wailuku is generally bustling in the daytime, but becomes very quiet after work hours and on weekends. Many of the residents are Hawaiian, giving the area a more local flavor. And speaking of flavor, there are dozens of restaurants here serving great local-style ethnic food. The town is also graced with several beautiful old churches, including Wailuku Union Church, Ka'ahumanu Church and St. Anthony's.
Serving the residents and business population are several finanicial institutions such as American Savings, Bank of Hawai'i, Central Pacific Bank and First Hawaiian. Wailuku also has a medical facility and a number of doctors, dentists, attorneys, architectural firms, employment offices, courtrooms and other essential core services and businesses. The main post office is located in an area known as The Millyard with many low-rise office buildings and some retail stores and restaurants.
Wailuku is one of the four waters of Central Maui. The other adjacent areas are Waiehu, Waikapu and Waihe'e. They are also, for the most part, residential communities of older homes and local families. There is a public golf course in Waiehu and, just a few miles out of town are two other golf courses with views of Haleakala and the central valley. One of Maui'smost popular visitor attractions, Maui Tropical Plantation, is located in Waikapu.
Waikapu, located between Ma'alae'a and Wailuku is Maui's fastest growing community with new residential and commercial activity.
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