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.

Known for

Beaches, Snorkeling and Sea

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Where to stay in Lahaina

Napili
Kapalua Beach showing golf and island images

Napili

Known for Snorkeling, Sea, Sunsets

4.5/5(266 reviews)

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
Lahaina which includes landscape views

Downtown Lahaina

Known for Sea, Sunsets, Islands

4.5/5(211 reviews)

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
Lahaina which includes landscape views

Historic Lahaina Front Street

Known for Sunsets, Islands, Sea

5/5(6 reviews)

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.

Montage Kapalua Bay
View from the main lobby overlooking the beautiful pool and Pacific Ocean. #maui #hawaii #luxury #resort
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Montage Kapalua Bay

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While Montage Kapalua Bay isn't home to many top sights, Kapalua Beach and Napili Bay are some notable places to visit nearby.

Plantation Estates
One of Hawaii's highlights are the fabulous golf courses.  I've been lucky to play on several of them on the different islands.  The Plantation Course has incredible views and challenging holes.  It's part of the PGA Tour.  I hope I didn't leave too much divots!
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Plantation Estates

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While visiting Plantation Estates, you might make a stop by sights like Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course and Slaughterhouse Beach.

Ukumehame Ahupuaa
Sunset on the Water. Ahh, the simple pleasures in life are always free...
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Ukumehame Ahupuaa

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

Top Hotels in Lahaina

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI
$250
per night
Nov 12 - Nov 13
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,715 reviews)

"The room was very expensive and it was catered for kids. One small hot tub that had a sign over age 16 but it was full of little kids. Bonus was that parking was free."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI
$218
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
4.1/5Very Good! (1,979 reviews)

"The ate tion was not what expected for a s ond time guest"…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Kaanapali Beach Hotel
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
4 out of 5
2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
$279
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
4.1/5Very Good! (2,686 reviews)

"Beautiful beach and pool area. Valet service and front desk very wonderful. I would definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali

Popular things to do in Lahaina

Kaanapali Beach
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Kaanapali Beach

4.5/5(2,220 reviews)

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(1,201 reviews)

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.

Maui "Reverse" Road To Hana Driving Tour App
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Maui "Reverse" Road To Hana Driving Tour App

$1

Once you've downloaded the tour to your device you are ready to go. With our app you can start whenever you want and travel at your own pace. Just start your car and drive to the starting point located on the map.

Reviews of Lahaina

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 62.00873362445415%
4 - Good
519
4 - Good 32.37679351216469%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.990642545227698%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.37429819089207733%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.2495321272613849%

5/5 - Excellent

J

Oct 13, 2019

Lots of shops and restaurants, everyone is friendly

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 11, 2019

Eat away from the hotel. Food was very good at nearby restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

I would move there.

3/5 - Okay

MARK

Oct 6, 2019

People don’t know how to drive. Aside from the few locals we met that were friendly, most seem irritated having non natives on “their” island. Sad to see such a beautiful place with such poor people. Not sure where all the tourism money is going.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 1, 2019

Nice places to dine right on ocean. A lot of shopping opportunities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 1, 2019

Relaxing, interesting, appealing, scenic place to unwind with good food & music.