Where the heart of Maui's heritage meets the pulse of local life.

Overview for Wailuku, HI

15,670 people live in Wailuku, where the median age is 41.2 and the average individual income is $39,571. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

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Welcome to Wailuku

Where the heart of Maui's heritage meets the pulse of local life.
Wailuku, situated in the lush valley near the West Maui Mountains, offers a unique blend of historical charm and contemporary local life. This captivating community serves as the governmental and commercial center of Maui, yet retains a quaint, small-town feel that is both welcoming and rich in cultural heritage. Wailuku is home to beautifully preserved wooden storefronts, local businesses with deep roots, and a community that values its history as much as its future. The town's streets are lined with mom-and-pop shops, eateries, and historical sites that tell the story of Maui's past while embracing the today.
The heart of Wailuku beats strongest on Market Street, where the town's history and modernity converge. Here, visitors and residents alike can explore unique boutiques, dine in family-owned restaurants, and engage with a community that is passionate about preserving the charm and character of their beloved town. Beyond the bustling streets, the natural beauty of the area, including the majestic ʻĪao Valley, offers a backdrop for adventure and exploration, making Wailuku a place where culture, nature, and community spirit flourish together.

What to Love

  • Historical Charm: The rich history of Wailuku is visible in its well-preserved buildings and cultural sites, including the iconic ʻĪao Theater.
  • Local Flavors: From the beloved Ester's Fair Prospect to the modern Cafe O'lei at the Mill House, Wailuku's dining scene is a testament to its diverse culinary heritage.
  • Community Spirit: Wailuku's residents take pride in their town, fostering a close-knit community that welcomes newcomers with open arms.
  • Natural Beauty: The surrounding ʻĪao Valley offers breathtaking hikes and natural pools, providing endless opportunities for outdoor adventures.

Local Lifestyle

Living in Wailuku means being part of a community that celebrates both its past and its present. The lifestyle here is laid-back yet engaging, with weekends spent browsing local markets, enjoying community events, or exploring the natural wonders just beyond the town's borders. Residents enjoy a balance of cultural activities, outdoor adventures, and moments of relaxation in the town's many cafes and parks. The sense of ohana is strong in Wailuku, with neighbors coming together to support local businesses, preserve the town's history, and celebrate Maui's rich cultural tapestry.

Dining and Shopping

Wailuku's dining scene is as eclectic as its community, offering everything from traditional Hawaiian dishes to contemporary cuisine. Ester's Fair Prospect is a favorite for its home-style cooking, while Cafe O'lei at the Mill House impresses with its innovative dishes and picturesque setting. The town's shops and boutiques reflect the creativity and spirit of its people, offering a range of products from local crafts to vintage finds.

Things to Do

Wailuku is a hub of activity, with attractions and events that cater to all interests. The ʻĪao Valley not only provides stunning scenery for hikers but also a chance to cool off in the natural pools of the ʻĪao Stream. The Bailey House Museum offers a glimpse into Maui's past, housing an extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and works by local artists. For those interested in the arts, the ʻĪao Theater hosts a variety of performances, from plays to concerts, showcasing local talent.

Demographics and Employment Data for Wailuku, HI

Wailuku has 5,863 households, with an average household size of 2.65. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Wailuku do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 15,670 people call Wailuku home. The population density is 2,976.08 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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52.18 / 47.82%

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Around Wailuku, HI

There's plenty to do around Wailuku, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Ma‘ana Wagon , Iao Valley Farm Stand, and Maui Cakes.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 1.82 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.15 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.11 miles 23 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.67 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.12 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.49 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Wailuku, HI

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The following schools are within or nearby Wailuku. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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K - 12th
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Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
9th - 12th
Puu Kukui Elementary School
PreK - 5th
Iao Intermediate School
6th - 8th
Wailuku Elementary School
PreK - 5th
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