All About Historic Lahaina

Lahaina, Maui – Hawaii’s First Capital

This blog post was written and published 7 days before the fires claimed the entire town. The recovery effort is expected to last years if not a decade. Please use this article as a memory of what Lahaina was and could one day be again with hard work, aloha, and hope.  In the meantime, please consider volunteering on your next visit to Maui.

Lahaina is a historic town located on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Once a prosperous whaling village, Lahaina is now a popular tourist destination, known for its sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets, and vibrant nightlife. Visitors can stroll through the town’s historic district, visit the coral reefs offshore, or go ziplining nearby with Kapalua Ziplines.


Whether you’re looking to relax or explore, Lahaina is an ideal destination for your next vacation.

Lahaina Town Ocean View


Lahaina is a historic town in Maui that’s home to many art galleries, shops, and restaurants

Lahaina is a historic town located on the west coast of Maui in Hawaii. The town is well known for its many art galleries, shops, and restaurants along Front Street. Visitors to Lahaina can enjoy a variety of Maui activities, including swimming, sunbathing, surfing, ziplining, ATV, submarine tours, parasailing, and whale watching. The town is also home to a number of historical landmarks, such as the Lahaina Courthouse and the Baldwin Home. Lahaina was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, and it remains an important cultural center for the Hawaiian people.

Lahaina Town Activities


It’s also a great place for whale watching – the humpback whales migrate here every winter

Maui is world-renowned for its beaches, but it’s also a great place for whale watching. Our humpback whales migrate here every winter, and there are plenty of tour operators that offer boat trips out to see them. Lahaina is well-known as the best spot to see whales due to its calm and relatively shallow waters. Whales are majestic creatures, and it’s an unforgettable experience to see them up close. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a calf swimming alongside its mother. Whale watching is one of the many reasons why Maui is such a special place.

Lahaina Town Whale Watch


The Island of Lanai is only 9 miles away! 

Just nine miles across the pond from Lahaina Town is Lanai— a tiny island of just 140 square miles. Lanai is easily accessible from Lahaina Harbor. A ferry runs between Lahaina and Lanai multiple times a day, but if you’re interested in a more in-depth look at the island, take a snorkel tour with Maui Adventure Cruises. You’ll blast across the Auau Channel in a burly raft and visit some of Lanai’s best snorkeling spots. Throughout the tour, the captain and crew happily share their wealth of knowledge about the island— from Lanai’s history as the world’s leading pineapple producer to facts about the spinner dolphins that inhabit the island’s coastal waters.

Lanai snorkel trip


There are plenty of beaches in Lahaina where you can relax and enjoy the sun and sand

One of the best things about Lahaina is that there are plenty of beaches to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a place to sunbathe, swim, or surf, you’re sure to find the perfect spot. Ka’anapali Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Lahaina, and it’s easy to see why. The sparkling tan sand and clear turquoise water are simply breathtaking. For those who want to catch a wave, Lahaina Harbor’s Breakwall is the ideal spot. The waves here go mostly left, but the surf schools also operate at the southern part of the break. And if you’re looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, Baby Beach is a perfect choice. With its calm waters and gentle breezes, it’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the Maui sun. No matter what your preference is, there’s sure to be a beach in Lahaina that’s just right for you (even if you need to drive 10 minutes north to Napili or Kapalua.)

Lahaina Town Beaches & Surfing


If you’re looking for some nightlife, there are plenty of bars in Lahaina that will keep you entertained

Looking for a night out on the town? Lahaina has no shortage of bars to keep you entertained. For a laid-back atmosphere, head to one of the many Front Street restaurants that line the shore. If you’re looking for live music, there are plenty of places that feature local talent. Mick Fleetwood even owns a great restaurant with amazing views. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed evening or a wild night, Lahaina has something for everyone.

Lahaina Town Nightlife


How far is Kihei from Lahaina?

Kihei and Lahaina are two of the most popular tourist destinations on the island of Maui. Kihei is known for its beautiful beach parks and Lahaina is known for its historic Banyan Tree Park, Front Street Shopping, and restaurants. The two towns are about 40 minutes to an hour apart by car. Kihei is located on the southern coast of the island, while Lahaina is on the west side. The best way to get from Kihei to Lahaina is to take the Honoapiilani Highway (route 30). This scenic road winds its way along the Pali, through the cliffs, and has magnificent ocean views. Once in Lahaina, be sure to visit Front Street, where you’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants. And don’t forget to enjoy a Mai Tai while you’re there!

Lahaina Town Road



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