LahainaUnited States of America

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Visit Lahaina


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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI
CA $268
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Located in Lahaina, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Kaanapali Beach and Whalers Village. Black Rock is 0.7 mi (1.1 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,012 reviews)

"The location is too beautiful and the hotel has a private access to the famous kaanapali Beach. That alongwith various other activities offered on premise provides for an excellent holiday experience. We loved our stay over here."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 12, 2019

Kaanapali Beach Hotel
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
4 out of 5
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
CA $367
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Located in Lahaina, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, just steps away from Whalers Village and Kaanapali Beach. Black Rock is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (2,771 reviews)

"Perfect place!! Great location, pools are amazing!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 12, 2019

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI
CA $458
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,760 reviews)

"Nice a property at a reasonable price. Clean comfortable and modern. Beach is a little smaller than other places south of black rock. One restaurant was Dukes which limits your options on the property. Our TV was broken the entire time but I never said anything because we didn’t really feel the need ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 14, 2019

Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Popular things to do in Lahaina

Kaanapali Beach
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Kaanapali Beach

4.5/5(362 reviews)

As one of the highest-ranking luxury beaches in the U.S., this stunning stretch of sand with crystal-clear water is lined with high-end hotels and shops.

Kapalua Beach
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Kapalua Beach

4.5/5(206 reviews)

Calm, luxurious, picturesque and visited by amazing marine life, this is one of West Maui’s more family-friendly swimming and snorkeling destinations.

Napili Bay
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Napili Bay

4.5/5(140 reviews)

This vacation accommodation hotspot has everything you need. Its protected waters attract swimmers and snorkelers in summer, and surfers and body boarders in winter.

Top activities in Lahaina

Drums of the Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Regency Resort
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Drums of the Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Regency Resort

CA $170

The sound of the conch shell and the beating of drums welcome you to a sunset terrace, just steps from the waves of Ka'anapali Beach, as the celebratory luau begins. On the beautiful shoreline of Ka'anapali, step into a tropical garden and sip a Mai Tai as you gaze out at the setting sun.

Underwater Submarine Adventure
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Underwater Submarine Adventure

CA $162

Dive 100 feet below the surface and experience Maui’s marine treasures off beautiful Lahaina with Atlantis Submarines Maui. A special added bonus of this tour experience is seeing the spectacular West Maui Mountains while riding our shuttle boat to the Maui dive site.

Sunset Dinner Cruise
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Sunset Dinner Cruise

CA $131

Savor an exquisite 4-course meal in a casually elegant atmosphere as you watch the sun set over Maui's spectacular natural landscape from the water—cruising in style on a deluxe 2-level catamaran. Departing Lahaina Harbor, marvel at the lush greenery of the West Maui Mountains.

Reviews of Lahaina

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 33.51648351648352%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.142857142857143%
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5/5 - Excellent

Canadian

Dec 13, 2019

Very nice beaches

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 23, 2019

Pretty busy at times with tourists. Seems to be a lot of business / shops closed or closing ?

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

Awesome shopping and restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

Old town, quaint restaurants and shops. Wide variety of stores. Real Hawaiian culture

4/5 - Good

WayneM

Oct 27, 2019

Touristy.

3/5 - Okay

OB

Sep 1, 2019

Great weather, great beaches. There is a need for more food options.