Emerging from the sugar cane plantations on the northern shore of Maui, Hawaii, is the town of Kahului. Originally established in 1850 for the sole purpose of producing sugar, Kahului is now the biggest city on “The Valley Isle.” Visitors flock from all over to experience the incredible beaches and island lifestyle.
From OGG to Kahului
Your flight to Kahului will land you at Kahului Airport (OGG), which is only 3 miles west of downtown. You’ll want to be on your way, so grab a Kahului car rental from the rental building at the end of baggage claim and start your journey. Head 24 miles west—circling the island—to Lahaina and take a walk down Front Street, which contains dozens of shops and restaurants. Grab a refreshing Hawaiian shave ice from a curbside stand and enjoy it under the 142-year-old banyan tree in Lahaina Courthouse Square. The tree was planted in 1873 by a former sheriff to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Protestant mission in town.
If you’d like to take your car rental from Kahului on one of the more scenic drives, go 9 miles east to the town of Paia, where the Hana Highway begins. This 64-mile road will take you through gorgeous scenery on the edge of Maui’s northern coastline. Be sure to pull over and check out the many natural wonders accessible from the highway, like the 400-foot Waimoku Falls and the natural swimming pools in Ohe’o Gulch.
Wander Through the Valleys
Kahului puts you in a central location for all of your Maui adventures. Search Travelocity’s list of Kahului hotels and pick the one that suits you best—we’re thinking beachside will do. We also have a great list of Kahului car rentals, so you’ll be able to crisscross and circle the island whenever you please.