Maui is known for many things: glorious Haleakala sunsets; sun-kissed beaches; the thrills and spills of windsurfing; superb golf courses; lively Lahaina nights; the long, scenic road to Hana; award-winning resorts and restaurants…and shopping.
Yes, the Valley Isle offers a wide variety of shopping adventures, from large malls to quaint mom-and-pop shops. Here’s an overview of Maui’s shopping scene:
Queen Kaahumanu Center
The largest mall on the island is the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului (just minutes from the Kahului Airport). Here is where you’ll find the island’s only major department stores—Sears and Macy’s—as well as more than 100 other shops and restaurants. Many of the familiar names are here—Footlocker, Gap, Sharper Image, Waldenbooks, etc.—but there are also stores that are unique to the Islands. Free Hawaiian entertainment is presented every Friday.
Paia offers a variety of shopping opportunities along the Hana highway. This is my wife’s and mother’s favorite place to shop on Maui as there tends to be a bit more local flair in the stores located here.
Also in Kahului is the Maui Mall, which offers more than 40 shops and eateries. Included here is a wide selection of locally-owned shops, a 12-screen Megaplex Theater, and a popular arcade. Free entertainment is provided.
Shops at Wailea
South Maui has the 150,000-square-foot Shops at Wailea, a beautifully designed shopping complex located at the Wailea Resort. Included here are more than 50 shops and dining establishments nestled within a traditional/contemporary Hawaiian setting. Fountains, pools, a courtyard, and tropical landscaping make this a thoroughly pleasant shopping experience.
Lahaina Cannery Mall
In West Maui, the Lahaina Cannery Mall is the island’s only fully enclosed air-conditioned shopping center. Built-in 1987, the mall has an intriguing mix of boutiques, shops, and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for books, gift items, coffee, music or even ocean gear, Lahaina Cannery Mall is a popular stop for both residents and visitors.
The town of Lahaina is full of shopping pleasures. 505 Front Street includes a shopping maze of stores offering designer apparel, jewelry, local and imported gift items, artworks, books, beachwear and more.
The master-planned resort community of Kaanapali also has a number of shopping opportunities, including the popular Whalers Village. This shopping complex also houses the Whalers Village Museum, which brings to life Lahaina’s historic whaling era (1825-1860) with artifacts, photos, and other informative displays.