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4.5 out of 5
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30,955 people visited Lahaina
A former fishing village and capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Lahaina retains the aesthetic appeal of a historic destination. These days, tourists, restaurants and nightclubs outnumber fishermen and royal residences, but the town -- with a population of less than 10,000 year-round residents -- weathers the onslaught gracefully. A enormous banyan tree anchors the center of the city and there are a few tourist attractions (a Buddhist temple, the terminus for a sightseeing train), but Lahaina is mostly a shopping and nightlife destination on the rural island. Meander down Front Street (fronting, of course, gorgeous waterfront scenery) for Hawaiian shaved ice, souvenirs or a cheeseburger, or sign up for one of the scenic cruises that leave hourly for sightseeing, dining or whale-watching.
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  • Lahaina
    Matthew Crompton
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    3 Mar 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.

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    3 Feb 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.

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    Joanne Orion Miller
    2 Nov 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.

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    Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
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    5 Oct 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.

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    Jules Ela
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    5 Oct 18, 2013

    Just love it here - last time I was here on Halloween !!! Tons of fun & great food
    Take it easy & slow down

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    Yen Phan @GogobotOahu
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    5 Sep 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.

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    3 Sep 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.

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    Chris Kompst
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    5 May 15, 2013

    Great place to wander. The banyan tree, Pioneer Inn, the harbor, the jail as well as hundreds of shops and restaurants.

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  • Lahaina
    Art Chester
    3 Apr 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.

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    John Abdou
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    4 Apr 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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