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Kahului is the largest town on Maui, situated on the northern shoreline near the narrowest part of the island. Kahului has a total population of approximately twenty seven thousand residents, although that figure may have changed somewhat since the last census was conducted in 2010. Kahului has some of the best shopping opportunities on the Valley Island, as well as many of Maui’s jobs. Kahului is home to the largest harbor in the island, as well as a variety of industrial and commercial regions. Kahului is generally recognized as the bedroom community for Maui’s kamaaina, although it does boast some notable tourist attractions as well. Kahului borders another relatively sizeable population center, the town of Wailuku, to the west. Although Maui is often associated with a considerable amount of rainfall, the community of Kahului experiences moderate rainfall during most of the year along with relatively dry summer months. The central part of Maui, where Kahului is located, was not traditionally a place of heavy habitation during ancient Hawaiian history. However, once the sugar trade began to play a large role in the Hawaiian economy, the uninhabited land near modern day Kahului became attractive to sugar planters looking to expand their holdings.
During the mid to late nineteenth century, companies such as Alexander and Baldwin began to purchase large tracts of land around Kahului, boosting the area’s population in the process. The growth of Kahului was further accelerated by the completion of Maui’s only railroad (at the time), although modern day Kahului did not come into existence until 1948. Modern Kahului is a master planned community, built by the same investors who dominated the sugar trade during the twentieth century. Kahului has become the busiest port and commercial center on Maui, and is home to the most important airport on the Valley Island. Visitors from the airport and the harbor often pass through Kahului on their way to western Maui destinations, but those fortunate enough to spend some time in the town can enjoy the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum and the Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary. One of the best beaches in Kahului is the Kanaha Beach County Park, while the community is also home to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. The Maui Arts and Cultural Center is notable for presenting nearly two thousand events per calendar year, ranging from school meetings and drama performances to musical events and theatrical productions.
Kahului is also the best place on the Valley Island to shop. Kahului’s Dairy Road is home to many familiar national stores, including the Home Depot and Wal-Mart as well As Costco, Kmart, and Sports Authority. These stores are situated just a short drive away from the Queen Kaahumanu Center – Maui’s largest shopping mall, which boasts the anchor stores of Sears and Macys. The Queen Kaahumanu Center and the nearby Maui Mall also have a number of local tenants and dining options ranging from fast food and Longs Drugs to Whole Foods. Residents of the Kahului area have a number of educational opportunities in the immediate vicinity, including Maui High School, Maui Waena Intermediate School, Kahului Elementary, Pomaikai Elementary, and Linikai Elementary. Kahului is also home to Maui Community College, which hosts the weekly Aloha Friday Farmers Market along West Kaahumanu Avenue. Kahului is just a short drive away from the dramatically beautiful Iao Valley, home of the remarkable, 2,250 basaltic peak Iao Needle. During his visit to the Valley Island, Mark Twain referred to Iao Valley as the “Yosemite of the Pacific,” a tribute to the lush vegetation and spectacular scenery just a short drive from downtown Kahului.
Thoroughly upgraded luxury home with a freshly painted interior, new carpeting, new marble kitchen flooring, new range, and new porcelain tile flooring in the laundry roo...
Listing courtesy of Emerald Club Realty, Inc..
Welcome home to The Island at Maui Lani, Central Maui's premier gated community. Built in 2001 of steel framing, this Rhapsody model offers spacious family living at its...
Listing courtesy of Island Sotheby's Int'l Rlty(W).
Large lot with plantation home in the heart of Central Maui. Close to shopping, airport, and hospital. High ceilings and large windows make a light and bright home.
Listing courtesy of Hawaii Life RealEstate Brokers.
WELCOME HOME! This brand and highly desirable new community, The Parkways at Maui Lani is located along the lush Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course. The convenience of scho...
Listing courtesy of Towne Island Homes, Ltd.
RARE OFFERING, Very desirable 4 bdrm - 3 bath with Multiple Upgrades and Custom Features. ELECTRIC BILL $19/mo !! Built in 2013, this MOVE IN ready home is in excellent...
Listing courtesy of Kulamanu Realty.