The Wailuku Main Street Association Inc. / Tri-Isle Main Street Resource Center (WMSA) was established in 1986 with a mission to foster, promote, maintain and encourage the civic, social, economic, environmental and cultural welfare of downtown Wailuku and other Maui County small towns. The organization has twin goals of economic revitalization within the context of historic preservation. The WMSA is the headquarters and the governing 5013(c) non-profit entity for the local network of Main Street Small Towns in Maui County
There is a growing awareness and interest in preserving Maui County's historic small towns. The towns themselves provide a lively documentation of architecture, transportation, trade distribution, culture and community life. Visitors and residents are searching for a "sense of place". That feeling flourishes in our small towns. The familiar appearance of Main Street today, the seemingly hap-hazard stepping stone arrangement of building heights, narrow road widths, architectural building styles, and materials, hold a capsulated record of a town's visual and functional evolution.
Focusing revitalization efforts on these towns, and pro-actively planning for their future, helps retain roots and emotional connections. Preserving its visible landmarks and celebrating an appreciation of its history retains a unique expression of cultural lifestyle.
These towns are where the people of Maui County live, work and play. They are the heartbeat of surrounding communities. Small towns respect and reflect the ethnicity of many groups who have become Maui County's (Ohana) family. The " small town experience" keeps Maui County (No Ka Oi) the very Best!
The Wailuku Main Street Association, Inc./Tri-Isle Main Street Resource Center is separate from and not affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and its MAIN STREET ® program.
See our Local Main Street History on this website for historic facts on Program evolution.