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Lāhainā, Maui

What: Historic whaling village and Maui hotspot
Where: On the west side of Maui, 45 minutes from Kahului Airport
Once known as Lele, which means “relentless sun” in Hawaiian, Lāhainā is a historic town that has been transformed into a Maui hotspot with dozens of art galleries and a variety of unique shops and restaurants.
Once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, Lāhainā was also a historic whaling village during the whaling boom of the mid-1800s. Up to 1,500 sailors from as many as 400 ships took leave in Lāhainā, including Herman Melville, who immortalized the era in his classic novel Moby Dick.
Today, Lāhainā is on the National Register of Historic Places. You can still get a feel for old Lāhainā as you stroll down lively Front Street, ranked one of the “Top Ten Greatest Streets” by the American Planning Association. Visit historic stops like the U.S. Seamen’s Hospital, Hale Paʻahao (Lāhainā Prison), the Pioneer Inn, Maui’s oldest living banyan tree and other sites on the Lāhainā Historic Trail. Approximately 55 acres of old Lāhainā have been set aside as historic districts.
Immerse yourself in Maui and the Hawaiian culture by learning about the ancient mode of seafaring by canoe, take a hiking tour with local guides at Hike Maui.
Lāhainā’s sunny climate and oceanfront setting also provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of activities and entertainment. Get a fresh taste of Hawaiʻi Regional Cuisine in Lāhainā’s fine restaurants. Get your tickets to some of Maui’s best seaside lūʻau where you can eat, drink and watch the traditional dances of Polynesia. 
And during the winter months, don’t forget to set sail from Lāhainā Harbor on an unforgettable whale watching tour. The channel off the coast of Lāhainā is one of the best places in the world to spot humpback whales. Even these magnificent creatures can’t get enough of Lāhainā.

Video: Natural Wonders in Lāhainā

Snorkel, surf, go boating and explore all the beauty that Lāhainā, Hawaiʻi has to offer – don’t miss the famous Banyan Tree.

Things to See in Lāhainā

Lahaina Historic Trail

Lāhainā Historic Trail

Explore the area's rich history on a self-guided tour.

Lahaina Art Galleries

Lāhainā Art Galleries

Lāhainā is home to more than a dozen bustling galleries representing a variety of styles.

The Banyan Tree

The Banyan Tree

Cool off in the shade of one of the largest Banyan trees in the entire country.

Jodo Mission

Jodo Mission

This Buddhist temple in Lāhainā has been at its current location since 1931.