Maui is usually synonymous with cascading waterfalls, pristine sandy beaches and bottomless Mai Tai cocktails. And while the island certainly has no shortage of these dream vacation staples, it’s a lesser known fact that Maui is a haven for some of the best shopping in all of Hawaii. From luxury and national brand-name stores to quaint local crafts and souvenir shops, Maui’s malls have something for every shopper and budget.
If you’re planning a vacation or relocation and need to know where to go shopping in Maui, this mall guide is for you. Here are the best malls in Maui that offer impeccable shopping and dining for visitors and locals alike.
Kahului – Central Maui Malls
Queen Ka’ahumanu Center (Queen K)
Located just 3 miles from Kahului Airport and accessible by all Maui bus lines, the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center is Maui’s biggest mall with 100+ stores, restaurants and a large food court. The unique open-air layout allows mall-goers to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air while perusing the shops.
If shopping national chain stores doesn’t sound particularly exciting while you’re on vacation, you can still enjoy live local entertainment on Maui Made Sundays or check out the Maui Fresh Farmers Market at Center Court.
Mall Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 9 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM
Featured Events: Maui Fresh Farmers Market – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8 AM – 4 PM
Maui Made Sundays – Sundays 9 AM – 4 PM
Like the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, Maui Mall has an open-air design and is located only minutes from Kahului Airport. However, it is smaller and has fewer shopping options. Locals usually go to catch a flick at the top-notch Regal Megaplex Theaters or grab a healthy bite at the Whole Foods Market deli.
Recently, the mall underwent renovations and now features a kids’ water fountain play area to keep the little ones happy and entertained.
Mall Hours: Monday – Sunday 7 AM – 9 PM
Featured Events: Cultural Sundays (includes free hula lessons) – Sundays 1 PM – 3 PM
Kaanapali/Lahaina – West Side of Maui Malls
Who says you have to choose between the beach and shopping? At Whalers Village in Lahaina, you can have both. The beach-side outdoor mall is a popular tourist spot for shopping, dining and entertainment because of its close proximity to the Kaanapali beach hotels and resorts.
Here you can grab a souvenir or buy a new bathing suit at one of the beach and surf-themed apparel shops. You can also enjoy oceanfront al fresco dining or get your caffeine fix at Island Vintage Coffee.
Other fun features of the mall include a whaling museum, children’s play area and a variety of free weekly Hawaiian culture lessons and activities.
Mall Hours: Monday – Sunday 9 AM – 9 PM
Parking: 3 hours complimentary with validation or $3 per half hour
Featured Events: The Art of Coconut Weaving – Thursdays 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Movie Night – Thursdays, show begins 15 minutes after sunset.
Lahaina Cannery Mall
The Lahaina Cannery Mall, conveniently located near Kapalua and the Kaanapali resort area, sits where a historic pineapple cannery once was. It sets itself apart as the only fully enclosed air-conditioned mall in Maui and has over 50 boutiques, restaurants, specialty shops and a 24-hour Safeway. From souvenirs to groceries, visitors and locals can find everything they need at this one-stop shop.
Free weekly hula and ukulele lessons also keep mall patrons thoroughly entertained and informed about Hawaiian culture.
Mall Hours: 9:30 AM – 9 PM (7 PM Sunday)
Featured Events: Free ukulele lessons – Tuesdays 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM
Free hula lessons – Thursdays 5 PM – 6 PM
Outlets of Maui
Situated on iconic Front Street in the historic town of Lahaina, this outlet shopping venue has over 30 designer brands including Coach, Calvin Klein, and Michael Kors. Bargain shoppers can take advantage of discounts up to 65% off regular retail pricing as well as other seasonal sales events.
If you’re feeling hungry after all that shopping, grab some pizza at the Pi Artisan Pizzeria or treat yourself to a juicy steak at Ruth’s Chris Steak house. Both restaurants are located in the plaza.
And while you’re there, go ahead and add in a stroll down Front Street or continue your shopping adventure at the chic boutiques and art galleries that line the famous strip.
Mall Hours: 9:30 AM – 10 PM
Parking: 2 hours free with shop validation, 4 hours free with restaurant validation
Featured Events: Free ukulele lessons – Tuesdays 11 AM – 12 PM
Free Tahitian dance show – Monday, Thursday & Saturday 6 PM – 7 PM, Sunday 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Wailea – South Side of Maui Malls
The Shops at Wailea
The Shops at Wailea is an elegant outdoor shopping center with over 70 shops, restaurants and art galleries. Nestled in the middle of the Wailea Resort town on Maui’s south side, The Shops is known for its luxury stores like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany’s and specialty surf shops like Billabong and Honolua Surf Company.
But you can still enjoy a visit to The Shops without having to shell out big bucks on this season’s Prada handbag. Take a walk through the beautiful complex and cool down with a “shave” ice or grab some last minute hotel room essentials at the ABC convenient store.
Mall Hours: 9:30 AM – 9 PM
Parking: First hour is free. Additional 2 hours free with validation.
Featured Events: Polynesian Show – Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Market at The Shops – Second and fourth Wednesday every month from 4 PM – 6 PM. This is a Farmer’s Market event that helps promote local farmers and bakers.
What do you think of this list of the best malls in Maui? Hopefully all of your lingering questions about where to go shopping in Maui have been answered. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know.
Whalers Village photo courtesy of CJ Anderson.
Lahaina Cannery Mall photo courtesy of Jon Konrath.
Wailea Shopping Plaza photo courtesy of fat_albert9631.
Queen Ka’ahumanu Center photo courtesy of David Casteel
All used under CC licence.