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Where to Stay in Kahului
Whether you want to be within walking distance of shops and urban parks or viewing the majestic ocean from your balcony, there is a hotel in Kahului for you. After your flight to Kahului lands, drive just a couple minutes west and stay along the city’s beautiful harbor near the lush green of Hoaloha Park. Travel east of the airport and book a room along the sandy beaches near Kanaha Beach Park, which has a reputation as one of the best places to windsurf in the world. Or consider making reservations on the outskirts of Kahului in the nearby city of Wailuku, which is home to several affordable inns and bungalows.
Kahului Hotel Tips
Because Kahului’s climate is pretty stable throughout the year, anytime is the right time to visit the island city. However, there is a lengthy rainy season. From October through February, and sometimes into March, precipitation can be a frequent occurrence. If you’re planning on hitting the beach, playing a round of golf or riding some waves, you may want to search for reservations outside of these months. However, if you’re a budget traveler and don’t mind getting a little wet, the rainy season can be the perfect time to find discount hotel deals. Plus, Kahului’s rain forest surroundings really come alive during the rainy season, so if you want to explore the region’s natural areas, this is the perfect time to book your trip.
Kahului Hotel Recommendations
If you want to wake up to breathtaking views of Kahului Harbor, search for rooms at the Maui Seaside Hotel. This affordable hotel puts you right on the ocean. Rooms are equipped with refrigerators and are decorated in a Polynesian style. Travel a few miles in either direction and experience all that Maui has to offer, including some of the island’s best windsurfing, hiking and golfing. There is also a large outdoor pool and restaurant onsite.
Or stay in a luxurious boutique beachfront hotel. Located just east of Kahului along a three mile stretch of white sand beach is the Paia Inn Hotel. The hotel offers guests private beach access, a spacious outdoor patio, oceanfront yoga sessions and complimentary use of beach towels, mats, chairs and boogie boards. The Paia Inn also rents bicycles, surfboards and stand-up paddleboards. Rooms are outfitted with bamboo wood floors, iPod docking stations and 500 thread-count sheets.
For the true budget traveler, there’s the Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel. Located just west of the city, the Banana Bungalow provides guests with a choice of dorm or private rooms. All guests share the hostel’s six bathrooms, which are equipped with a total of nine showers. In addition, the hostel provides some unique amenities, including a pool table, a seven-person Jacuzzi, a large tropical garden, a stainless steel outdoor grill and free daily tours of the island. If you want to explore the surrounding area, there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants within walking distance.
Kahului doesn’t have its own public transportation system. However, it is served by the County of Maui’s bus system. Two bus lines offer transportation to and from the Kahului Airport. Other buses transport passengers throughout the entire island of Maui.
Taxis are available, or visitors can rent a car and explore the island on their own time. Some hotels rent out bicycles, which can be a great way to view the landscape of this picturesque city.