Wailuku is the capital of the county of Maui. It has all the government offices, it’s the administration center for Maui county. Wailuku has a long history and it can be seen at the Bailey House Museum during the day. That building is also home to the Maui Historical Society. You can learn all about Maui’s past and future here in Wailuku.
Up above Wailuku is a number of great parks to visit during the day. The Cultural Heritage park that shows different building styles of the cultures that call Maui their home. The Portuguese, New Englanders, Philippinos, Hawaiian, Japanese and Chinese all have a demonstration building that their community upkeeps.
Further up the valley is Iao State Park and the Iao Needle. This park deserves a few hours to explore especially if you head upstream for a swim in the pools. On most days you can watch some of the local kids jump off the bridge into a small pool, a fall of about 20 feet or so.
At night Market Street and the surrounding area has the concentration of restaurants, cafes and bars. Market street is lined with little cafes and shops but it’s definitely not a touristy place. The best spot to listen to new local talent is Marc Aurel cafe. They have open mic nights and also some live music playing on the weekend. Their menu is tasty and innovative.