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Lahaina Attractions

The capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii in the 1800s, the former whaling town of Lahaina is one of the most historic cities in the entire state. Today, Lahaina is the main tourist hub on Maui, with luxe hotels scattered throughout the resort districts of Kaanapali and Kapalua, as well as eateries and boutiques galore along iconic Front Street. The town's sunny climate and location on the calm waters of the Auau Channel provide an ideal backdrop for any number of activities and entertainment. Whether you want to relax on the beach, go hiking in the rainforest, or take in a luau at sunset, Lahaina is the perfect jewel of a place when you want to get away.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Lahaina

Running for roughly 25 (40 km) miles along the west coast of Maui, Lahaina encompasses the historic center around Front Street, as well as several resort destinations and quieter communities.

Lahaina Town - The historic district of the city, old Lahaina Town is a bustling hub filled with restaurants, entertainment, and shopping options. Centered around Front Street, the area is the cultural core of the island, known for its many art galleries and the award-winning Maui Theatre. Along the Lahaina Historic Trail, find 65 sites that bring the story of the region to life, including the Old Fort, the Banyan Tree, the Hauola healing stone, and the Jodo Buddhist mission.

Kaanapali - Located directly to the north of the old town, Kaanapali is made up of 3 miles (4.8 km) of white-sand beach and crystal-clear water. Once a favorite retreat of Maui royalty, the elegant area boasts upscale hotels, a championship golf course, and a world-class shopping center. The community is known for its nightly cliff-diving ceremony at Black Rock, where every evening a man dives from a cliff at sunset in a tradition that dates back to the 1700s.

Kapalua - Another of Maui's premier resort destinations, Kapalua is located on the northwest shore of the island at the foot of the West Maui Mountains. It's jagged coastline is made up 5 bays and 3 pristine beaches, with Honolua Bay being an especially popular destination for watersports. During the winter high season, the bay is known for having powerful waves that grant experienced surfers spectacularly long rides, while the area becomes an ideal spot for snorkeling and kayaking in the calmer summer months. With award-winning restaurants, tons of boutiques, and plenty of activities like hiking and ziplining, the community truly does have something for everyone.

What to See in Lahaina

Lahaina has a wealth of wonders for the eyes, but if visiting for the first time, you simply can't miss catching a performance of Maui's longest-running luau. Follow the sound of the trumpeting conch shell to the Royal Lahaina Resort, where beachside seating, a meal of mouthwatering favorites, and a dazzling Polynesian show come together to create the hemolele Hawaiian evening. Grab your seat on the beach and dig into island culinary creations including kalua pork, molokai sweet potatoes, and creamy coconut pudding. After your meal, enjoy a feast for the eyes as a cast of incredible performers tell the legends of of the islands through thrilling fire dances, spirited hulas, and mesmerizing music.

Sightseeing in Lahaina

For Outdoor Adventurers

There's no end to the outdoor adventure that Lahaina has to offer. Go snorkeling with sea turtles off Kaanapali Beach, learn to surf like a pro in the warm waters near the harbor, or sink to the bottom of the ocean aboard a battery-powered sub. For real adrenaline-junkies, a heart-pounding zipline course lets you soar over landscapes for 450 feet (137 m), while an insane jet boat ride will have you screaming as you twist and turn through the ocean.

For Peace Seekers

Of course, not all of your outdoor excursions have to be so wild. On the back of a friendly horse, set off for a serene ride through the countryside at sunset. Bask in the views of the lush valley and tender sounds of the songbirds as the sinking sun turns the sky shades of pink, purple, and orange. For even more relaxation, leave Lahaina behind for a tour that takes you into the tropical wilderness of the North Shore. Soak in spectacular sights of dramatic cliffs and roadside waterfalls as you cruise through the peaceful jungle.

For Foodies

Treat your taste buds to the flavors of Hawaii on a food tour through the historic district. With an in-the-know guide leading the way, sample island classics like locally grown coffee, macadamia nut pancakes, and Hawaiian shaved ice in flavors such as guava, banana, and lime. For even more flavors of Polynesia, embark on a tasting tour of a local coconut farm. Wander the verdant grounds and then savor fresh coconut milk and other seasonal fruit plucked right from the tree.

Free Things to Do in Lahaina

Some say the best things in life are free. Be sure to explore the following around Lahaina:

Stuck in Irons House (Hale Pa'ahao) - Approach the friendly staff or curator and find out about the interesting collections on exhibit here.

Brick Palace - Come to understand some of the unique history of the area through this site.

Holy Innocents Church - Gain a deeper understanding of local religious beliefs at this place of worship.

Emily's Beach - Read a great book or listen to a popular playlist while getting some sun.

Acid War Zone Trail - Contemplate the contrast between urban life and nature's splendor at this scenic location.

Lahaina Historic District - Grab your picnic blanket, throw together a few snacks and find a shady spot to be at one with nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Lahaina

Downtown Lahaina

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.

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Napili

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

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Historic Lahaina Front Street

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.

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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.

Ukumehame Ahupuaa

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

Plantation Estates

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Lahaina on a sunny day?

What to do in Lahaina on a rainy day?

If it's bucketing down during your stay, hang up your umbrella and try your hand at these appealing indoor activities:

What is Lahaina famous for?

Kaanapali Beach lives up to its reputation as an icon that you just can't miss.

What should I not miss in Lahaina?

Terrific sights aren't hard to come by here, however, Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and D.T. Fleming Beach Park are two you shouldn't miss.

Are there cheap things to do in Lahaina?

What can you do in Lahaina for free?

You'll barely have time to fetch your wallet out of your pocket with so many fantastic free things to do:

  • Kaanapali Beach
  • D.T. Fleming Beach Park
  • Napili Bay
  • Whalers Village