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Lahaina

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


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$854 per night from 7 Aug. to 7 Aug.
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! (1,007 reviews)
"First time in Hawaii and I’m happy I chose this resort! Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Royal Lahaina Resort
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
4 out of 5
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
The price is AU$1,288 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
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) ...
4.3/5Excellent! (92 reviews)
"Everything is brand new and modern. Less tiki and more mid century modern. Enjoyed everything about our stay. Friendly staff, clean, staff enforced rules and the whole hotel is big on sustainability and eco-friendly."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
200 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is AU$1,117 per night from 21 Aug. to 21 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Lahaina resort is within a 15-minute walk of Kaanapali Beach and Whalers Village. Black Rock is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.
4.3/5Excellent! (1,169 reviews)
"The grounds were the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! The swans, waterfalls and on site restaurants were excellent"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

Hyatt Regency Maui 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.
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$418 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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! (449 reviews)
"Property is in a great location. Easy beach access and close to an establishment for renting beach equipment (snorkel’s etc.). Room was clean. We had a studio with one queen bed. It was spacious enough for two people. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to enjoy Maui on a budget. It ..."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay
Napili Bay #111, Recently Updated, King Bed, 55tv, Wifi, Great Oceanviews
Napili Bay #111, Recently Updated, King Bed, 55tv, Wifi, Great Oceanviews
33 Hui Drive, Lahaina, HI
The price is AU$573 per night from 11 Aug. to 11 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Napili apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Napili Bay Beach and Napili Bay. Kapalua Beach and West Maui Mountains are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (74 reviews)
Paradise
"We love it here! Great beach rental and others can join in other properties and you still have some quite time! Everything is so close and you can feel like you are really enjoying the best beach life! Hope to return!"

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2021

Napili Bay #111, Recently Updated, King Bed, 55tv, Wifi, Great Oceanviews
A107 Fantastic Golf and Ocean View From the Lanai
A107 Fantastic Golf and Ocean View From the Lanai
2661 Kekaa Dr, A 107, Lahaina, HI
Situated by the ocean, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Kaanapali Beach and Black Rock. Whalers Village is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.
4.8/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Perfect!
"This rental was absolutely perfect for our family of four. The location was so beautiful and close to everything. We were able to walk to the beach or sit in the hot tub at the main pool to see the sunset each night. The condo itself was so clean and comfortable. The ability to cook with the great ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

A107 Fantastic Golf and Ocean View From the Lanai
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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