Only forty-five minutes from Kahului airport, this historic whaling village, situated between the coast and the West Maui Mountains, has been transformed into a Maui “hot spot”. You will want to explore the art galleries, eat at the unique restaurants, and shop the distinctive shops. Experience the golden beaches of Maui, a Luau, and some dinner theater.
Water Activities and Beaches
There are the usual water activities for you to experience, surfing, snorkeling, and swimming, of course. Add the experience of a deep dive submarine trip. You will dive over 100 feet deep, around the reef and a sunken ship to explore the mysterious marine life. Later, take an evening sail to experience the sunset on the water like no other. Whatever you do, don’t forget to take a humpback whale watching tour if you come December through April. This is when the whales migrate to these waters from the colder Alaskan waters for the winter. These creatures are stunning, you will want to catch sight of them if you can.
Being blessed with the best beaches in the world, Maui will not disappoint you in that arena. Dig your toes into the Golden sand beaches here in Lahaina. Come to Baby Beach for its tranquility and calm waves. Near Front Street, you will find Lahaina Beach. Then visit the Banyon Tree, the oldest living tree on Maui, which is not far from Lahaina Beach.
Attractions and Restaurants
You will not regret taking the time to catch the Royal Lahaina Luau. Treat your party to the longest-running oceanfront luau in Maui. You will be treated like royalty to a magnificent meal, live Hawaiian music, hula dances that have originated in New Zealand, Hawaii, and Samoa, and finishing with a fire dance performance by the full cast. You will be transported completely.
While the food in Lahaina is as varied as it is delicious, you should definitely visit Warren and Annabelle’s dinner theater. You will enjoy a rotating roster of magicians, they intersperse magic and comedy appropriate for all ages. Another not to be missed magic dinner theater is the Kupanaha (Ka’anapili Dinner Theater). You are treated to a three-course meal, Blue Hawaii cocktails, and fast-paced illusions. Top off your special meal with some shave ice!
Self Guided Lahaina Historical Tour
You will want to take an hour or two out of your day to experience this self-guided Historical Tour of the first capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. You will enjoy up to twenty-eight historical sites along this walking tour. Take in the missionaries’ structures, a healing stone, the first brick palace, a Buddhist Church , and the Wing Ho Museum. Your tour will be interesting at every turn. Be sure to get a map at Lahaina Visitor Center and at Lahaina Restoration Foundation museum locations to best plan your route.
Lahaina is home to the non-profit Lahaina Arts Society, boasting nearly two hundred member artists. Too many galleries to name each one, you will find the bulk of the galleries are on Front Street. So, to best experience the art scene in Lahaina, you need to come to Art Night on Front Street, every Friday night. Come 7pm to 10pm, when the galleries open their doors to the public, inviting you to enjoy the music and art while meeting the artists and admiring their works. Afterward, be sure to find a souvenir of the arts here in Lahaina! Maybe you will pick up some scrimshaw, the Whaler’s art of carving on ivory. You could also create your own glass masterpiece to take home at Moana Glass.
Average temperatures in Lahaina range from 65 to 87, and rarely go below 60 or above 90. This is the perfect moderate temperature region for you to enjoy a trip at any time of the year. You can also expect mostly sunny days, with only a few days of rain expected each month.
For the most freedom of travel, you will want to rent a vehicle for your stay in Lahaina. There is a public bus system on Maui, consisting of thirteen bus routes, should you choose public transportation. Uber and Lyft are both available in and around Lahaina, for your convenience. There are plenty of private cabs and taxis available as well, to get you where you need to be.