If you’re flying to the island of Maui, your first experience of Hawaiian life will be the Kahului Airport, its surroundings, and getting lei-ed for the first time along the northern coast. Once a thriving hub for the growth and transport of sugar cane, these days Kahului is sweet for other reasons. Islanders often flock here because the city is home to a certain name brand box store (rhymes with Bostbo). Now’s your chance to pick up hair products in bulk. We’re not saying it’s a must, but if we learned anything from our very own Seaweed Incident of 2012, it’s that you can never have too much conditioner on hand. Once you get your bearings, buy tickets to the symphony and go bird watching at the Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary. Hotels in Kahului are waiting to pamper you when it’s time to retire for the day.
Kahului is the little town that could. If you knew its storied history you might be surprised it survived at all, yet places like the massive Queen Ka'ahumanu Center prove it’s not going anywhere. After you’ve picked up gifts for your jealous co-workers on Dairy Road and Kaahumanu Road, gather with locals at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) for live entertainment.
Just across the street from MACC, the Aloha Friday Farmers Market takes place—you guessed it—each Friday afternoon. The fruit you eat slept on the tree last night: It doesn’t get any fresher. On Saturday mornings, The Maui Swap Meet is the place to be. Pick up some Hawaiian fabric, and you’re halfway to a stylish new wardrobe. When you grab a Kahului car rental, it’s easy to get from Kahului hotels to the best attractions in town!
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