Lahaina Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 89%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 70%Luxury Travelers
- 70%Spiritual Seekers
Member Reviews (58)
- LahainaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsMar 27, 2014
The commercial center of west Maui, Lahaina (the name means 'cruel sun' in Haiwaiian) is charming and cloying in equal measures. Once a major port for the Pacific whaling industry, and royal seat for the tribal chief of Maui, Maui-Loa, today Lahaina is a collection of galleries, shops, and eateries of the sort found in any upscale beach town. There's some spots of historical interest, like the foundations of a 19th-century fort, the old courthouse, and an ancient banyan tree, but mostly it's a place to shop and chow down after a day at the beach. It's a tourist trap, but well worth an afternoon to poke around before an excellent meal.Recommended for:
- LahainaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 3Feb 27, 2014
Lahaina is really a little more touristy than I like. Te streets are lined with little schwag shops. There are some nice art galleries and still worth a stop.
I recommend eating away from first street and going to star noodle or the pie shop for really good grindz. The banyan tree was very interesting although the drunken homeless people who were arguing under it kind of killed the ambiance.Recommended for:
- LahainaNov 06, 2013
Sorry, I think Lahaina is overrated. Pricey restaurants, art galleries, and crowds. If you want to see something special, go to the nearby Buddhist temple complex, cemetery, and "baby beach" (gentle waves on a lovely beach behind the cemetery). If you stay off the main streets, the eateries and shops are more interesting.Recommended for:
- LahainaMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 25, 2013
The most happening town on Maui!
Lahaina has an abundance of restaurants and bars.
It is also where you will catch the ferry to go to another island.
If you want a bit of fun in the evening's then you should stay in Kaanapali which is only a 5 minute drive from Lahaina Town.Recommended for:
- LahainaCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Sep 27, 2013
Lahaina reminds me of Monterey Cannery Row. Former small fishing town now converted to a tourist town with museums, eateries, crafts shops, little inns, yet still full of history and life. Take a lively stroll along the streets, stop at a shop to check out local craft, sip a mai tai at one of the ocean view restaurants, and watch the sunset turn beautiful shades of purple, pink, and orange.Recommended for:
- LahainaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 2Sep 24, 2013
Amidst all the fancy beach resorts is an interesting twist. Lahaina was an old missionary village. Now full of t shirt shops and other stores, it still retains it's old architecture, reminiscent of the French Quarter in New Orleans.
- LahainaApr 23, 2013
Front Street in Lahaina is a must-see, must-walk-around destination. Park at Hilo Hattie's at the north end, or the city lot at the south end, and stretch your legs. Yes, there are tacky T-shirt shops, and even tackier "art galleries", but there are also a number of unique shops, with apparel, decorative items, and vacation essentials (sun screen, soft drinks, beach mats and all that). You'll also enjoy the people-watching, like the guy with all the parrots who will take your photo adorned with tropical birds for a fee.
- LahainaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Apr 11, 2013
This place felt like the Santa Barbara of Maui. Front Street felt like State Street. Nice restaurants and shops and walking. The tourist center of Maui. I would rather stay in other parts of the island, but this is a great place to visit and hang out.
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