In 1905 Wailuku was designated Maui’s County Seat, and it soon became a hub of government, business and entertainment, boasting vaudeville and movie theatres, bowling alley, hotels, poi factory, ice and soda works, and many markets and offices, thus began the era of growth which continued until the late 1960s when the sugar industry, losing its economic prosperity, reduced operations and the development of alternative commercial centers drew business away from Wailuku’s downtown streets.
Many homes and buildings in Wailuku town date from that earlier heyday, they offer a window into the past, providing a glimpse of plantation times, with its simple pleasures and enduring values.
Kapawa, the king of Hawaiʻi prior to Pili, was buried here.
ahumanu) 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 Haleki between the CDPs of Waihee-Waiehu to the north, Kahului to the east, and Waikapu to the south.
A tiny graveyard contains tombstones of Hawaiian Ali’i (royalty) and missionary families.
Further uphill are the Alexander House and Bailey House, now an excellent museum displaying ancient Hawaiian artifacts and missionary period rooms, and office of the Maui Historical society.