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Lahaina showing a coastal town, a pebble beach and a beach

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Escape to Lahaina! Enjoy its beaches, oceanfront, and theater.

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.

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Beaches, Snorkeling and Sea

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Where to stay in Lahaina

Napili
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Napili

Snorkeling, Sea, Sunsets

4.5/5 (252 Ratings)

Napili is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Napili Bay and Kapalua Beach, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Napili-Honokowai.

Downtown Lahaina
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Downtown Lahaina

Sea, Sunsets, Islands

4.5/5 (197 Ratings)

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

Historic Lahaina Front Street
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Historic Lahaina Front Street

Sunsets, Islands, Sea

5/5 (5 Ratings)

Travelers come to Historic Lahaina Front Street for its seaside views, and you can see top attractions like Maui Theater and Lahaina Harbor while you're in town.

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Top Hotels in Lahaina

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI
$359/night
Sep 16 - Sep 17
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,702 reviews)

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! (1,702 reviews)

"Rooms where nice a spacious. The valet staff was very nice and on top of it. Pools where nice but smaller than portrayed in pictures but still nice. No room service or much help of any kind when it comes to the room but we will be back."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
4 out of 5
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
$279/night
Sep 16 - Sep 17
4.1/5Very Good! (2,639 reviews)

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

4.1/5Very Good! (2,639 reviews)

"Resort was awesome, excellent staff, very friendly. Love that you just walk a few feet and your on the beach.. breathtaking views.. we loved it!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
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Kaanapali Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI
$218/night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4.1/5Very Good! (1,969 reviews)

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! (1,969 reviews)

"The location is great. Although it looked exactly the same as when we stayed 19 years ago , its very clean and the staff is very nice. I wish they had room service though."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Kaanapali Beach Hotel

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Kaanapali Beach
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Kaanapali Beach

4.5/5 (2,147 Ratings)

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 (1,164 Ratings)

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

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

$128

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

$122

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.

Myths of Maui Luau at the Royal Lahaina Resort
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Myths of Maui Luau at the Royal Lahaina Resort

$120

Follow the sound of trumpeting conch shells to Maui's longest-running luau, where beach-side seating, free-flowing drinks, all-you-care-to-eat dinner, and dazzling Polynesian shows combine for the perfect Hawaiian evening.

Sunset Dinner Cruise
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Sunset Dinner Cruise

$99

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.

Sunset Sailing with Dinner & Open Bar
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Sunset Sailing with Dinner & Open Bar

$97

Combine the best of both worlds, taking pleasure in a fun and comfortable sail aboard our luxury catamaran, while dining on an incredible meal catered by an award winning chef. Relax and enjoy a delicious beverage as you embrace another breathtaking Maui sunset.

Insane Jet Boat Custom Private Charter to Lanai
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Insane Jet Boat Custom Private Charter to Lanai

$199

We are located on the beach at Whaler's Village Shopping Center between Leilani's on the Beach restaurant and Westin Hotel. We take you from shore onto our zodiac to our 2 vessels off Kaanapali Beach. Check in is 30 minutes prior to departure.