One of the most historically significant places in Hawaii, Lahaina is renowned for its sunny skies, fertile plains, sandy beaches and beautiful bays. In the 16th century, Lahaina was home to the great Piilani chiefs and in the 19th century, it was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii under the reign of the Kamehamehas. Lahaina has witnessed the comings and goings of warriors, kings, whalers, traders, sugar barons, heads of state, celebrities and world travelers.
Today, Lahaina remains a popular place to visit. Everywhere you look, there’s a reminder of its rich history from one era to another. The Lahaina Historic Trail offers dozens of interpretive signs along Front Street and at landmarks. Banyan Tree Park is one of these landmarks, featuring the largest banyan tree in the U.S., the Old Courthouse with Lahaina Heritage Museum, Lahaina Arts Society and Lahaina Visitor Center. There are also five museums in the heart of Lahaina; map-brochures of the historic trail and museums are available through Lahaina Restoration Foundation.
Lahaina Harbor is home to charter boats that feature a wide array of activities such as snorkel and dive tours, sportfishing, sunset sails and a submarine ride. A visit to Lahaina wouldn’t be complete without taking in dinner and a show. Choose from Hawaiian luau feasts, world-class magic show, theater production and more. Restaurants abound and offer a cultural melting pot of cuisine, including Hawaii Regional, Pacific Rim, Asian, American, European and casual comfort foods. Many restaurants and bars feature scenic views and live music that capture island life.
Shop at art galleries, meet artists and enjoy complimentary appetizers, 7-10 p.m., at the lively Friday Night Art Night in Lahaina. Also enjoy Second Fridays in Lahaina on the second Friday of each month, 5-9 p.m. Pick up a free Art Map at the Lahaina Visitor Center. Info: mauifridays.com/lahaina.