A bustling whaler’s village in past centuries, Lahaina is now a vibrant merge of the historic and the modern with hip art galleries, quaint B&Bs, ukulele-strummin’ street musicians, a busy harbor, historic homes and museums, and an impossibly huge number of oceanfront restaurants, ranging from casual to luxurious.

Located in West Maui near the popular resort areas of Ka’anapali, Kahana, Napili, and Kapalua, Lahaina attracts a steady throng of visitors every day of the year. In addition to the shopping and dining options, Lahaina offers some great historical “sights” to see including the famous Banyan Tree Park, The Historic Baldwin House, the Old Lahaina Jail, and the Lahaina Customs House. Lahaina-2

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If you’re planning a visit to Maui, stopping by Lahaina for at least a few hours is a must — even if it’s just to try a piece of the Hula Pie at Kimo’s. Be sure to stop by some of the galleries to browse local art while you’re there! And if you’re looking for a souvenir or gift to take home with you, ukuleles are perfect  — inherently Hawaiian and small enough to take as a carry-on! There’s a ukulele shop with a huge selection of ukuleles on the corner of Front Street directly opposite of the ice cream shop in the photo below (helpful hint: the ukuleles are located behind the gelato…which is ono, by the way!)Lahaina-4

Once you’ve recovered from the Hula Pie, you can continue your exploration of the historic side of Lahaina. You can discover some of Lahaina’s best tours and activities at the links below.

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Tour the Baldwin Home in Lahaina, Maui’s Oldest Home

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Visit the Old Lahaina Courthouse and Customs House in West Maui

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Banyan Park in Lahaina features one of the largest Banyans in the world!

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Adventure Out on a Horseback Riding Tour of West Maui with Lahaina Stables