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LahainaUnited States of America


The former capital of Hawaii was once the heart of the global whaling trade. Today, it’s a popular beach city and starting point for whale-watching tours.

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.

Top Hotels in Lahaina

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
200 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $321 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Nestled on the beach, this Lahaina resort is within a 15-minute walk of Kaanapali Beach and Whalers Village. Black Rock is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (1,279 reviews)

"Loved the fantastic staff, remodeled suite, extra deep pool, and delicious breakfasts."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2605 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
Free cancellation
The price is CA $331 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Nestled on the beach, this Lahaina resort is within a 10-minute walk of Kaanapali Beach, Whalers Village and Black Rock. May's Beach and Whalers Village Museum ...

4/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"Nice room and beach. Room service menu was limited. Water machine on our floor was broken."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 25, 2020

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Royal Lahaina Resort
Royal Lahaina Resort
3.5 out of 5
2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $310 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Lahaina, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Kaanapali Beach and Black Rock. Whalers Village and Kahekili ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,129 reviews)

"Great ocean views for the price. Room was somewhat clean. They needed to sweep the bathroom floor but staff quickly noticed and cleaned it up. Every Staff was super friendly. Food was good but over priced. No Valet but Still had to pay for self parking. Overall the location is close to lots of restaurants, ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2020

Royal Lahaina Resort
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.

Vacation Rentals in Lahaina

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI
The price is CA $446 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Lahaina, this beachfront condominium resort is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kahekili Beach, Whalers Village and Kaanapali ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,943 reviews)

"Loved the kitchen and their convenient Safeway nearby."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2020

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Aston Kaanapali Shores
Aston Kaanapali Shores
3.5 out of 5
3445 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI
The price is CA $187 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Lahaina, this beachfront condominium resort is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Keka'a Beach, Kaanapali Beach and Whalers Village. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,407 reviews)

"Location is amazing. We rented the two bedrooms suit For 10 days which is an auspicious room with beautiful view, full kitchen and living/dining room. I highly recommend this hotel. A little bit pricy but worth the money."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Aston Kaanapali Shores
Kaanapali Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts
Kaanapali Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
104 Kaanapali Shores Pl, Lahaina, HI
The price is CA $509 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

This family-friendly Lahaina condominium resort is located near the airport, just steps away from Keka'a Beach and Kahekili Beach. Whalers Village and Black ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,495 reviews)

"The pool and lounge area is very beautiful! There is a path right to the beach. The staff is very friendly and ready to help when needed. They took great steps to ensure you felt Covid safe."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 18, 2020

Kaanapali Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts
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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Reviews of Lahaina

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 24, 2020

Charming lakefront.

2/5 - Disappointing

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Mar 18, 2020

Very dirty and cleaning staff unfriendly

5/5 - Excellent

TMW

Mar 17, 2020

Lahaina was the perfect area of Maui to stay in, only don't miss Kanaha beach by the airport!! We went there the last couple hours before our flight out and regret that we didn't spend a whole day here: softest sand and nice bays to swim in!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

Maui Wave Riders is an excellent school to learn surfing. We booked through the Expedia concierge who recommended them. Kyle was a great instructor, we were all surfing by the end of the lesson.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

First of all rent a car, visit the Haleakalā park and all the beaches in the vicinity. The best beach for swimming is Kaanapali beach when the waves are low and Kahalua beach any time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 7, 2020

Great spot. Loved it so much we bought a place by there.

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