Lahaina

Travel Guide
Lahaina featuring a coastal town, a pebble beach and a beach

You can still get a sense for the old Lahaina by taking a walk down Front Street, the town’s main artery. This street is lined with well-preserved timber-framed homes that date back to the early 19th century. Today, these houses are restaurants, art galleries, T-shirt stores and trinket shops.  

Lahaina sits between the Au'au Channel and the peaks of the West Maui Mountains on Maui’s northwest coast. After King Kamehameha conquered Maui at the turn of the 19th century, he made Lahaina the seat of royal power. It remained in ascendancy until 1845, when the Hawaiian capital was moved to Honolulu.  

During its the peak of the whaling industry, from 1825 to 1860, hundreds of ships were berthed in Lahaina’s harbor each year while their sailors took shore leave in town. One such sailor was Herman Melville, author of the classic American novel Moby Dick.

Whales are no longer hunted from Lahaina, but you can still get up-close to them. Set sail on a whale-watching tour from the town’s harbor. The tours last between two and five hours and the best time to see the mammals is between December and May.

While you are visiting Lahaina, grab the opportunity to sit under the shade of the colossal banyan tree in Front Street. It’s of the largest banyan trees in the world.

At night Lahaina, many of Front Street’s stores and galleries stay open late. Book a seat at the Maui Theater for the Ulalena Show, a performance running most nights of the week that tells the story of Hawaii’s people through a combination of song, dance, and acrobatics.

Lahaina is a good base from which to explore the rest of Maui. The island is approximately 45 miles (72.4 kilometers) at its longest length and 23 miles (37 kilometers) at its longest width. Journey through the 'Iao Valley State Park for a close-up view of the 'Iao Needle. This colossal lava formation is one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks. Swim in the freshwater pools at Kīpahulu and enjoy spectacular views from the mountain peaks of the Haleakalā National Park. For some gentle relaxation play a round of golf or laze on the sandy beaches at the luxury resort of Kapalua.

Where to stay in Lahaina

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI, 96761
The price is CA $519 per night from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5
CA $519
per night
Mar. 4 - Mar. 5
Stay at this 4-star beach condo in Lahaina. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,373 reviews)
"The Honua Kai Resort was amazing. We will be back for sure!"

Reviewed on Jan. 25, 2023

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Royal Lahaina Resort
Royal Lahaina Resort
3.5 out of 5
2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI, 96761
The price is CA $779 per night from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28
CA $779
per night
Feb. 27 - Feb. 28
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Lahaina. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,068 reviews)
"Amazing hotel room with ocean view great pools and steps to beach and amazingly friendly staff Will definitely be back here very soon"

Reviewed on Jan. 25, 2023

Royal Lahaina Resort
Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
3 out of 5
45 Kai Ala Dr, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Lahaina. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,102 reviews)
"Very easy to access the many amenities in the area, including practical staples."

Reviewed on Jan. 25, 2023

Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Stay at this 4-star beach condo in Lahaina. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,373 reviews)
"The Honua Kai Resort was amazing. We will be back for sure!"

Reviewed on Jan. 25, 2023

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
3 out of 5
45 Kai Ala Dr, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Lahaina. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,102 reviews)
"Very easy to access the many amenities in the area, including practical staples."

Reviewed on Jan. 25, 2023

Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
Aston Kaanapali Shores
Aston Kaanapali Shores
3.5 out of 5
3445 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI, 96761
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Lahaina. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,801 reviews)
"Nice condos, great location with lots of shopping and dining options right across the street. Did not like having to pay an additional daily fee just to park my rental car each night but overall it's a nice place and I would stay there again."

Reviewed on Jan. 30, 2023

Aston Kaanapali Shores
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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