Lahaina, Maui is one of the top places to visit on the island. The historic town, once known as Lele, which means “relentless sun” in Hawaiian, is a quaint yet thriving oasis of culture and adventure. Dozens of art galleries, numerous shops, a wide selection of eateries and a prime oceanfront setting make Lahaina a Maui hotspot.
With origins as a whaling village, Lahaina thrived during the whaling boom of the mid-1800s. Today, the town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The rich heritage of the area can still be felt as you walk down Front Street and visit historic stops like the U.S. Seaman’s Hospital and the Pioneer Inn. If you follow the Lahaina Historic Trail you can find even more historic sites. Lahaina’s history is so important that over 55 acres in Lahaina have been set aside as historic districts. When you stroll along Front Street browse the galleries of talented artists, grab a tasty shave ice at a local stand or grab a delicious slice of pizza at the Lahaina Pizza Company. With second story deck seating, you can grab a drink and a slice and watch the sun set over the ocean waters off of Maui.
OF course, the beachfront setting of Lahaina and sunny climate make it a perfect place to enjoy activities and entertainment. Rent a board to surf or get a lesson in surfing with the local Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy. Take in the entertaining Old Lahaina Luau, a seaside show where you can eat, drink and witness traditional Polynesian dances. Be sure to walk around the giant Banyan Tree in central Lahaina, too. During the winter months you can sail from Lahaina Harbor for an incredible whale watching tour. The waters off of Lahaina are some of the best in the world to witness humpback whales in a natural environment.
When you vacation in Lahaina we recommend staying at Lahaina Shores Beach Resort. Located right in Lahaina town and within walking distance to Lahaina town’s daytime bustle and spirited nightlife, Lahaina Shores is ideal for anyone who wants to be close to a wide array of ocean activities, shops, restaurants, art galleries and historic and cultural attractions.