Lahaina

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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

Royal Lahaina Resort
Royal Lahaina Resort
3.5 out of 5
2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI, 96761
The price is CA $330 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,009 reviews)
"This resort has a great location and is very clean although rooms could use updating (especially bathrooms) Great water pressure and HOT water as well as comfy beds were a plus. Staff was friendly but check in was a nightmare (short staffed and computer crash caused LONG lines and wait times) Did ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 5, 2022

Royal Lahaina Resort
Aston Kaanapali Shores
Aston Kaanapali Shores
3.5 out of 5
3445 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI, 96761
The price is CA $383 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
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! (2,683 reviews)
"Great location near everything. Easy drive to downtown Lahaina or up north to the more remote beaches."

Reviewed on Aug. 6, 2022

Aston Kaanapali Shores
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI, 96761
The price is CA $598 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
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! (2,277 reviews)
"Positive: The staff was accommodating. Duke's Bar/restaurant has excellent food and drinks. In-room facilities were good (Full kitchen and comfortable bed). Our kids loved the pools and easy beach access. Fantastic view of the sunset from the nearby beach. Not so positive: The room was only cleaned ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2022

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
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.
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, 96761
The price is CA $358 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly aparthotel in Lahaina. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,792 reviews)
"The stay was really good. Kids enjoyed the pool a lot. Good options for food and drinks too. We liked the room a lot. It was spacious and had all the amenities needed. The only thing disappointing was the view. We booked an ocean view room, but got only partial ocean view room."

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2022

Kaanapali Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts
Aston Kaanapali Shores
Aston Kaanapali Shores
3.5 out of 5
3445 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI, 96761
The price is CA $383 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
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! (2,683 reviews)
"Great location near everything. Easy drive to downtown Lahaina or up north to the more remote beaches."

Reviewed on Aug. 6, 2022

Aston Kaanapali Shores
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI, 96761
The price is CA $598 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
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! (2,277 reviews)
"Positive: The staff was accommodating. Duke's Bar/restaurant has excellent food and drinks. In-room facilities were good (Full kitchen and comfortable bed). Our kids loved the pools and easy beach access. Fantastic view of the sunset from the nearby beach. Not so positive: The room was only cleaned ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2022

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
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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