Things to Do in Kahului, Maui

Things to Do in Kahului, Maui
Kahului is overshadowed by Haleakala Crater and other Maui attractions in the eyes of most tourists. This small village features the island's major airport, which floods with tourists during the winter and spring. Travelers interested in hiking, cycling and bird-watching should use Kahului as headquarters for their Maui vacations since it is home to tour companies and shops that cater to active travelers interested in exploring Maui's lush environs.

The Maui Windsurf Company

The Maui Windsurf Company offers shortboard and longboard windsurfing courses throughout the year. The shortboard courses teach water starts, jibing and wave sailing to surfers of all experience levels. The Maui Windsurf Company's longboard courses range from beginning sessions on proper form to one-on-one trick lessons. The company is an authorized retailer of Goya and F2 windsurfing equipment and a source for used windsurfing products. Travelers in search of wave sails, stand-up paddle boards and surfboards in Kahului head to the Maui Windsurf Company.

The Maui Windsurf Company
22 Hana Highway
Kahului, Hawaii 96732
(808) 877-4816
mauiwindsurfcompany.com

Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary

Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary is a habitat for Hawaiian stilts and coots on the outskirts of Kahului. This 143-acre state park surrounds Kanaha Pond, offering views of native Hawaiian birds and fish. Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary fills each December with Canadian geese fleeing the harsh winters of North America for Hawaii. Attentive travelers notice former bunkers and relics dating back to the U.S. Army's World War II base in Kahului. The pond is framed by unpaved hiking trails frequented by runners and bird-watchers.

Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary
Amala Place
Kahului, Hawaii 96732

Hike Maui

Hike Maui offers ecological tours of Kahului and surrounding communities led by knowledgeable guides. The Kayak, Snorkel & Waterfalls Hike features a 2.5-hour kayaking trip and a snorkeling excursion into Pacific waters off the western Maui coast. Hike Maui's tour list provides diverse options including the Short Waterfalls Walk and the all-day Haleakala Crater Four Mile Hike. The company's guides include former National Park Service rangers, marine biologists and Hawaiian natives familiar with Kahului's flora and fauna.

Hike Maui
285 Hukilike St. # B104
Kahului, Hawaii 96732
(808) 879-5270
hikemaui.com

Maui Mountain Rides

Kahului-based Maui Mountain Rides specializes in excursions to Maui's Haleakala Crater. These tours include the Haleakala Sunrise Tour, the Haleakala Day Tour and a self-guided tour ideal for experienced cyclists. Each Haleakala tour through Maui Mountain Rides includes a free continental breakfast at the Sunrise market, Columbia jackets, helmets and access to a Volcano Chrome Cruiser Bike. Maui Mountain Rides offers specialized tours of area communities like the Paia Sugar Mill tour highlighting Kahului's rich history.

Maui Mountain Rides
15 Wakea Ave.
Kahului, Hawaii 96732
(808) 877-4944
mountainriders.com/index.php

Article Written By Nicholas Katers

Nicholas Katers has been a freelance writer since 2006. He teaches American history at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. His past works include articles for "CCN Magazine," "The History Teacher" and "The Internationalist" magazine. Katers holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in American history from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, respectively.

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