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Lahaina
Travel Guide

Lahaina showing a coastal town, tropical scenes and landscape views


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.

Royal Lahaina Resort
Royal Lahaina Resort
3.5 out of 5
2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is AU$351 per night from 26 May to 26 May
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (988 reviews)
"great beach, close to everything"

Reviewed on 13 May 2021

Royal Lahaina Resort
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
200 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is AU$778 per night from 31 May to 31 May
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! (1,178 reviews)
"Great location. Very romantic place."

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI
The price is AU$607 per night from 19 May to 19 May
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (995 reviews)
"Great hotel and people... they have a local goodby ceremony and give you souvenir and you feel really welcome and wanting to ho back... this wont be our last visit and planning to go back to this island and stay at this fabulous hotel with nice and warm people working in it....Mahalo we will Be ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

Kaanapali Beach Hotel
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.
The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay
The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay
3 out of 5
5441 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI
The price is AU$366 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Nestled on the beach, this Napili aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Napili Bay Beach and Napili Bay. Kapalua Beach and West Maui Mountains are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (429 reviews)
"Pretty garden"

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay
Ocean Front, Newly Renovated, Ground Floor Cozy Condo
Ocean Front, Newly Renovated, Ground Floor Cozy Condo
Kahana Reef, 4471 Lower Honoapiilani, Rd., Kahana 115, Lahaina, HI
Nestled on the beach, this Lahaina condo is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kahana Beach, Napili Bay and West Maui Mountains. Kapalua Beach is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.
4.8/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
We loved this place!
"Hello, We loved this apartment. I have very high standards for cleanliness and this felt clean, well-taken care of and it was right on the water on the ground floor with an amazing view. The beach is not actually directly out back from the back door entrance—I think the beach access was technically ..."

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

Ocean Front, Newly Renovated, Ground Floor Cozy Condo
The Whaler on Ka'anapali Beach Available in 2020 and 2021
The Whaler on Ka'anapali Beach Available in 2020 and 2021
2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, 267-269 The Whaler on Ka'anapali beach, Lahaina, HI
The price is AU$829 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Situated in Lahaina, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Kaanapali Beach and Whalers Village. Black Rock is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.
4.9/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Great location and wonderful Condo
"I liked the property and will most likely return."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

The Whaler on Ka'anapali Beach Available in 2020 and 2021
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

Joanne

30 Nov. 2019

Beautiful peaceful location - thoroughly enjoyed and hopeful can visit again with family from the States. All in all Excellent - couldn't wish for a better location and beautiful residence... Whalers shopping center - great shopping.

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Oct. 2019

Lovely quaint village

5/5 - Excellent

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1 Oct. 2019

Great location with beautiful beach.

5/5 - Excellent

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28 Sep. 2019

Lahaina is a beautiful relaxing place for a holiday.

4/5 - Good

Beth

25 Jul. 2019

The shuttle was useful, the town had shops and food items, and the activities alright, so it was a nice place to stay. The shuttle is stupid to only start at 10am given that ALL daily activities and tours START at 7-9am.

3/5 - Okay

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24 Jul. 2019

The town of Lahaina was quaint- a little too touristy but the big tree and Captain Jacks made it worth the trip in from Napili Bay.

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