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LahainaUnited States of America


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.

Where to stay in Lahaina

Lahaina which includes landscape views

Downtown Lahaina

4.5/5Wonderful!(264 area reviews)

The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of Downtown Lahaina. Make a stop by Lahaina Harbor or Maui Theater while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Lahaina
Kapalua Beach featuring a beach

Napili

4.5/5Wonderful!(325 area reviews)

Napili is known for its stunning beaches, and you can see some sights in the area like Napili Bay and Kapalua Beach.

Napili
Lahaina which includes landscape views

Historic Lahaina Front Street

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

Historic Lahaina Front Street is popular for its seaside views, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Lahaina Harbor or Maui Theater.

Historic Lahaina Front Street
View from the main lobby overlooking the beautiful pool and Pacific Ocean. #maui #hawaii #luxury #resort

Montage Kapalua Bay

Though Montage Kapalua Bay might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Kapalua Beach and Napili Bay.

Montage Kapalua Bay
Sunset on the Water. Ahh, the simple pleasures in life are always free...

Ukumehame Ahupuaa

While visiting Ukumehame Ahupuaa, you might make a stop by sights like Papalaua Beach Park and Ukumehame Beach Park.

Ukumehame Ahupuaa
One of Hawaii's highlights are the fabulous golf courses.  I've been lucky to play on several of them on the different islands.  The Plantation Course has incredible views and challenging holes.  It's part of the PGA Tour.  I hope I didn't leave too much divots!

Plantation Estates

If you're spending some time in Plantation Estates, Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Slaughterhouse Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Plantation Estates

Top Hotels in Lahaina

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
200 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is $439 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 16

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! (1,369 reviews)

"Pools, beach, view was great. Great location to local village and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Royal Lahaina Resort
Royal Lahaina Resort
3.5 out of 5
2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is $238 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,202 reviews)

"I liked the location, gardens and beach. Hotel is old and need remodeling. Pool is pretty crummy"…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Royal Lahaina Resort
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2605 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
The price is $369 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Nestled on the beach, this Lahaina resort is within a 10-minute walk of Kaanapali Beach, Whalers Village, and Black Rock. May's Beach and Whalers Village Museum ...

4/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)

"Nice room and beach. Room service menu was limited. Water machine on our floor was broken."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Sheraton 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.

Vacation Rentals in Lahaina

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI
The price is $279 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,936 reviews)

"I loved how close it was to the beach however I felt that there was a lack of seating around the pool and the beach. I didn't understand why there were cabanas that you had to rent they should just have a couple of them for free. Other than that everything was amazing and the hotel was ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2020

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Aston Kaanapali Shores
Aston Kaanapali Shores
3.5 out of 5
3445 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI
The price is $124 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

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

4.2/5Very Good! (2,404 reviews)

"Nice room and property I saw Humpback whales from my room."…"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2020

Aston Kaanapali Shores
Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger
Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger
3 out of 5
5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI
The price is $169 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Nestled on the beach, this Napili condo resort is within a 15-minute walk of Napili Bay and Kapalua Beach. Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Honolua Bay ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,226 reviews)

"The place was spotless, they’ve worked really hard to account for all the new safety measures. We love this place as our staycation destination and will be returning soon!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger
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.

Popular places to visit in Lahaina

Kaanapali Beach
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Kaanapali Beach

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.

Whalers Village
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Whalers Village

When you visit Whalers Village, a favorite shopping spot in Kaanapali, you can search for that perfect souvenir. Amble around this romantic area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Napili Bay
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Napili Bay

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

Lahaina Harbor
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Lahaina Harbor

Explore the waterfront of Lahaina Harbor and enjoy activities such as snorkeling in Lahaina. Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Kapalua Beach
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Kapalua Beach

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

Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course
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Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course

Hit the links in Honolua at Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course, a popular golf course. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Top things to do in Lahaina

Road to Hana Full-Day Tour -Full Loop
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Road to Hana Full-Day Tour -Full Loop

$145
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Lahaina Group Surf Lessons
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Lahaina Group Surf Lessons

$68
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Introductory Shore-Entry Scuba Dive
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Introductory Shore-Entry Scuba Dive

$142
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Parasailing Excursion
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Parasailing Excursion

$117
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Express Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Watch (4 hours)
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Express Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Watch (4 hours)

$106
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Lahaina Paddle
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Lahaina Paddle

$60
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Lahaina

4.6

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 4.994954591321897%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 30, 2020

We were shown much aloha while there. We had a great day zip lining with Dillon and Shane from skyline eco tours. We did a 2 tank scuba dive with Dive Maui and Dillon Jove. very fun. Whale watching with Hawaii ocean rafting. Great times!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

We visited while Covid-19 was occuring. Not only were the locals mad we were there and unwelcoming, all of the scenic areas and parks were closed. We did not get the proper chance to enjoy our honeymoon : (

4/5 - Good

Brad

Mar 24, 2020

Old Lahaina was great for shopping. Walked from small shop to small shop with a lot to choose from. Everybody was very friendly and helpful.

4/5 - Good

JB

Mar 23, 2020

Loved Lahaina, not Kahana.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

Lahaina is a very great place to stay... everything are in there, shopping, nice beaches, food and dinning and everything... if you would like to buy souvenirs, chocolates or etc. Go at lahaina front street.. more cheaper

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Relaxing, friendly, and exciting atmosphere! Endless and wonderful places to eat!!

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