Welcome to Lahaina
With its rich history, this town is a Maui hotspot
Located on the west side of Maui, Lahaina is full of charm and history. Once known as Lele, which translates to “relentless sun” in Hawaii, this town’s origins stretch back to the 1800s. It was once the capital of the Hawaiian King in the early 19th century, as well as a historic whaling village during the whaling boom that occurred in the 1800s. Today, Lahaina is on the National Register of Historic Places and is adored for its vibrant personality and fascinating history.
Lahaina is a desirable place to reside that’s home to dozens of art galleries, various restaurants, and many notable restaurants. With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that this is considered a Maui hotspot.
What to Love
- A rich and fascinating history
- Dozens of art galleries and festivals, such as Ocean Arts Festival
- Whale watching at the Lahaina Coast
With a population of just under 13,000 residents, Lahaina is the epitome of small-town charm. This area is rich in culture and history. In addition to being a popular vacation destination, Lahaina is also an excellent place to raise a family. There’s plenty of family fun to be had, including festivals, charity walks, surf contests, and plenty more. It doesn’t take living here for long to recognize the overarching sense of community that exists here.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
To immerse yourself in the history of the town, take a stroll down Lahaina Front Street. This is ranked as one of the “Top Ten Greatest Streets'' by the American Planning Association. Visit historic stops, such as the Lahaina Harbor, Old Banyan Tree, or U.S. Seamen’s Hospital. Approximately 55 acres of old Lahaina have been set aside as historic districts.
If you’re looking to revamp your wardrobe or grab a gift for a friend, be sure to head over to Lahaina Cannery Mall, the island’s only fully enclosed, air-conditioned mall offering more than 50 boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops.
Things to Do
Lahaina is a vibrant and fun-filled community that offers plenty for residents and locals to enjoy. Immerse yourself in Lahaina’s whaling history by participating in a humpback whale watching tour. Lahaina Harbor is home to many whale watching tours, from charter boats to passenger rafts. But you don’t have to go on a whale watching tour to spot whales. Chances are you’ll have a good opportunity to glimpse these magnificent animals in action at the Lahaina Coast.
If you’re looking for an adventure, consider camping at Camp Olowalu. The campgrounds fill up quickly, so be sure to make reservations in advance. You can also spend a relaxing afternoon at Launiupoko Beach Park. This 6.7-mile shoreline features a natural pool enclosed by a lava rock wall. There are also picnic tables, so why not bring lunch along and enjoy a meal on the beach?
Festivals and activities are a great way to involve yourself in the community if you’re new to town. One such festival is the Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival, which occurs in the spring. This celebratory festival celebrates the annual migration of the Pacific Humpback whales with ocean arts festivities.
Lahaina is served by the Hawaii Department of Education. Top educational institutions include:
- King Kamehameha III Elementary School, PK-5
- Lahaina Intermediate School, 6-8
- Lahainaluna High School, 9-12
- Sacred Hearts School & Early Learning Center, PK-8