Central Maui is considered the area between the Up Country to the east with Maalaea Harbor to the south and Kahalui to the north.
Kahalui, located in the north, is the largest city on the island and it's airport offers the most flights to Maui. Kahului is not considered a tourist destination, but is the main retail center for Maui citizens. There are some tourist attractions including the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum, Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanaha Beach County Park, and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Wailaluku and Waikapau are the 2 residental communities located south of the city.
Iao Valley State Park and the Tropical Plantation are located to the west. Iao Valley State Park, known for the " Needle" offers lush tropical valleys, streams, waterfalls and plenty of hiking trails. Entry to the park is free and has plenty of parking. The Maui Ocean Center is located at the Maalea Harbor . The center has a great aquarium and offers whale watching tours during winter months.
Many boating tours in South Maui start from Maalaea Harbor . The harbor also hosts the Maui Ocean Center , shopping and restaurants.
The rest of central Maui is mostly sugar cane fields and long undeveloped beaches.