Lahaina, HI

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


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

Kaanapali Ocean Inn
Kaanapali Ocean Inn
2.5 out of 5
2780-A Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is ¥21,836 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in Lahaina, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of May's Beach and Kaanapali Beach. Whalers Village and Black ...
3.6/5Good! (968 reviews)
"On a scale of 100, I weighed this hotel, it’s staff and services at 95. The only reason for the reduction of my score is that the carpeting in the room that my friends occupied had some major stains on it. It was noticeable that staff did everything they could to remove the stain. It was also noticeable ..."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Kaanapali Ocean Inn
Royal Lahaina Resort
Royal Lahaina Resort
3.5 out of 5
2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is ¥32,809 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 18
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Staff was friendly. Property was clean with great views. Wish there was more cabanas on the beach and more entertainment at night. Other than that, great hotel."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Royal Lahaina Resort
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
200 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is ¥78,896 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 18
Nestled on the beach, this Lahaina resort is within a 15-minute walk of Kaanapali Beach, Kaanapali Golf Courses, and Whalers Village. May's Beach and Black Rock ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,151 reviews)
"The bird sanctuary was amazing and the ooeness of the center lobby was that looked out to the ocean and other islands was breathtaking. Excellent property and will definitely be coming back."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Hyatt Regency 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.
Kaanapali Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts
Kaanapali Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
104 Kaanapali Shores Pl, Lahaina, HI
The price is ¥25,578 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
This family-friendly Lahaina aparthotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Keka'a Beach and West Maui Mountains. Whalers Village and Black Rock ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,609 reviews)
"Great staff great property great area"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Kaanapali Beach Club Resort by Diamond Resorts
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI
The price is ¥66,387 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 18
Located in Lahaina, this beachfront condo resort is in the historical district and within a 15-minute walk of Keka'a Beach, Kahekili Beach, and Honokowai Beach ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,063 reviews)
"Amazing property. 2 complaints though: garbage smell in the hall near the shoots. Maybe you can get a fan or something. By afternoon it spreads to whole halwways. Second, no housekeeping? We stayed in the resort, no the condos."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
3 out of 5
45 Kai Ala Dr, Lahaina, HI
The price is ¥37,857 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 18
Located in Lahaina, this beachfront aparthotel is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kahekili Beach and May's Beach. Keka'a Beach and Honokowai ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,897 reviews)
"Wonderful and quiet place to stay with two pools and easy walk-on access to a beautiful beach. Having coin washing machines and dryers on the property was great too. Our room was equipped with everything we needed during our stay."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
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.

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