Wailuku, Hawaii

Wailuku is a census-designated place (CDP) in and county seat[1] of Maui County, Hawaii, United States. The population was 15,313 at the 2010 census.[2]

Wailuku, Hawaii
Wailuku, looking from the Wai'ale Drive Bridge towards ʻĪao Valley.
Location in Maui County and the state of Hawaii
Wailuku
Location in Hawaii
Coordinates: 20°53′31″N 156°30′8″W
CountryUnited States
StateHawaii
CountyMaui
Area
  Total5.7 sq mi (14.8 km2)
  Land5.3 sq mi (13.8 km2)
  Water0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Elevation
249 ft (76 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total15,313
  Density2,700/sq mi (1,000/km2)
Time zoneUTC-10 (Hawaii-Aleutian)
ZIP code
96793
Area code(s)808
FIPS code15-77450
GNIS feature ID0364757

Wailuku is located just west of Kahului, at the mouth of the Iao Valley. In the early 20th century Wailuku was the main tourist destination on Maui, though it has since been eclipsed with the rise of the resort towns such as Kaanapali.

Historic sites in the town include Kaʻahumanu Church (named after Queen Kaʻahumanu, wife of Kamehameha I) which dates to 1876, the Wailuku Civic Center Historic District, the site of the Chee Kung Tong Society Building, and the Bailey House, a 19th-century former seminary and home that houses a history museum and the Maui Historical Society.

There are two ancient temples near Wailuku, called heiau — the Halekiʻi Heiau and the Pihanakalani Heiau. Both date back hundreds of years and were used for religious purposes by the native Hawaiians.[citation needed]

Wailuku is served by Kahului Airport.