The Outlets of Maui

The Outlets of Maui is an enormous shopping centre full of outlet stores.

We really had no idea what we were doing when we set out, only to vaguely make our way to Lahaina to check it out. We’d heard of the outlets, and so decided to check them out on our way into Lahaina.

Parking at The Outlets of Maui

As far as we could see, there are two options for parking at the outlets.

The first is to park inside the market. If you make a purchase (which could just be a bottle of water), then parking is free with a validated ticket for the first 2 hours. If you don’t make a purchase, then parking is $2. The car park is massive, and I can’t imagine it ever filling up.

Somehow we drove straight past it though, which in hindsight was actually a good thing.

The second option is parking at The Old Lahaina Center, which also incorporates the Maui Theatre. That car park is across the road from the outlets. When we pulled up, the attendant told us that, yes, this was the best parking for the outlets, and that would be $5 thank you very much.

Even though he wasn’t being completely honest with us, he actually did us a service. Parking at the Old Lahaina Centre is $5 for the full day rather than a couple of hours, so if you’re planning on going into Lahaina or having a very long lunch after your stint at the markets, then park across the road near the theatre.

Shopping at The Outlets of Maui

2015-07-20 12.31.10It’s always hard to tell when you don’t know a market very well, but for the most part, this felt slightly better value than normal stores, but nothing like our shopping expedition in the mainland USA in 2011.

There are a few key differences, though….

  1. This is Hawaii, not New York or San Francisco, so everything is little more expensive as it has to get here from the mainland
  2. This is Maui, not Oahu. Everything has to get from the mainland to Oahu first, and then to Maui
  3. The Australian Dollar is pretty much dead at the moment and is worth around 73 US cents. When we were in the USA in 2011, it was much the opposite, with the $AU at around $1.15

There is an enormous range of stores at The Outlets of Maui, and we did see some enticing things. A Coach handbag for her, and a new wallet for him were almost purchased but then decided against at the last minute.

Lots of almosts.

The best thing about The Outlets of Maui

It’s one street from Lahaina and the waters edge, so you can park at The Old Lahaina Center and go for a wander into town after you’ve shopped yourself silly.

The Outlets of Maui is located at 900 Front St Lahaina, HI 96761 and is open daily 9:30 am – 10:00 pm.

Well worth a visit if you find yourself nearby.

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