You may not have heard of Lahaina but you’ve definitely heard of Maui. Sitting on the west end of the island, Lahaina is one of the four major towns that’s a great backdrop for activities, entertainment, food and as a place to call it a night. While it may not have the beaches of Kaanapali, there’s no reason to skip Lahaina as there’s something for everyone.
Steeped With History
Once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Lahaina turned into a major whaling village in the mid-1800’s. Even novelist Herman Melville, made famous by his writing of Moby Dick could be found here during that time. Today, it’s on the National Registry of Historic Places and serves as great town to get to know those days gone past.
The old Lahaiana vibe still lives in the town as you stroll through the historic trail that includes stops at the U.S. Seamen’s Hospital, Pioneer Inn, Lahaina Prison, and Carthaginian 2, a replica of a whaling ship. Also don’t forget to visit the banyan tree that occupies an entire city block and is said to be at least 400 years old.
Slice of Traditional Life
Perhaps the most popular thing to do in town is the Old Lahaina Luau. Widely regarded as the best and most authentic Hawaiian luau in the entire Pacific, feast your eyes on the rythms of hula dancing and fire breathing heroics while trying a delicious collection of tropical dishes and drinks.
During winter, Lahaina is the perfect place to catch a whale watching cruise from the harbor. The channel off the coast is one of the best places in the world to spot humpback whales so you’re almost guaranteed to see one on one of these excursions.
No Shortage of Food
Lahaina is most known for its food and has many options to choose from despite its size. Front Street being the main thoroughfare for the town, you can take your pick of cuisine and budget that will surely delight your tastebuds.
Aloha Mixed Plate is a local favorite, serving authentic Hawaiian cuisine in an unpretentious setting from a tiki-torch laden deck with sunset views. Lahaina Fish Company is another place to try fresh seafood prepared with an island influence. And lastly, whether you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth or cool down, Local Boys West has the best fluffy shaved ice in town.
Sparkling Night Life
Once the sun goes down, the city comes to life with its many restaurants, bars and night clubs. For something familiar, the Hard Rock Cafe is right along Front Street and always packs a crowd. The Maui Brewing Company doubles as a restaurant and brewpub which makes it a great place to hang out. If you’re looking to do a little partying, Cheeseburger in Paradise turns into a night club after hours.
Spending The Night
There are plenty of accommodations in Lahaina that will fit any budget. If you’re looking to splurge, the Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club Lahaina and Napili Villas and the Hyatt Regency Maui are located here and they surely will not disappoint. For something in the middle range, Lahaina Shores Beach Resort sits right along the beach. Don’t forget that Airbnb and hostels are also available in town so don’t forget to consider those as well.