Lahaina town is Maui’s second most-visited destination, after beaches. The historic town of Lahaina is sandwiched between the serene waters of the Au’au Channel overlooking the Lana’i island and the fertile valleys of Mauna Kahalawai. People of different cultures inhabited the shores of Lahaina over the centuries. Lahaina has also served as a residence of the Maui kings and chiefs. It maintains the same aura of the mid-19th century Hawaiian seaport. Lahaina was a famous whaling hamlet in the mid-1800s. Presently, the town houses several art galleries and unique restaurants and shops. Due to its importance, Lahaina has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The important buildings of the town are:
The Baldwin Home Museum: It is the oldest house in Lahaina. It is the house of Rev. Baldwin, who not only served Lahaina as a minister, but as government physician, dentist and a veterinary.
Hale Pa‘i Printing Museum: A place where the first Hawaiian Newspaper was printed.
Lahaina Heritage Museum: Exhibits Lahaina’s heritage from the time when Hawaii wasn’t explored to the period of the Monarchy.
Old Lahaina Prison: Also called Hale Pa’ahao, which means ‘stuck-in-irons’ house, the old prison of Lahaina was built in the 1850s. The prison was used to confine the drunk sailors who went out of control. The confinement used to be for shorter duration.
Plantation Museum: It evokes the memories of the plantation era in west Maui. The monochrome photographs hung on the walls of the museum illustrate the lifestyle of pineapple and sugar plantation.
Some of the other must-visit buildings in the town are the Pioneer Mill Smokestack & Locomotives Exhibit and Wo Hing Museum, Master’s Reading Room, Hale Aloha, Wo Hing Museum, Lahaina Lighthouse, Old Lahaina Courthouse, and Seamen’s Hospital.
Besides strolling through the town and learning the history of Lahaina, you may also relish the fine cuisine served at Lahaina’s restaurants. Maui’s seaside luau is the place to satiate your hunger and quench your thirst, along with pleasing your senses by eating, drinking, and enjoying the traditional dances of Polynesia.
Lahaina Harbor offers whale-watching tours during winters. Don’t miss the chance to see the humpback whales.
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Facts about Lahaina
- About 55 acres of old Lahaina has been conserved as historic districts.
- Lahaina Restoration Foundation has been working since its inception in 1962 to restore the heritage of Lahaina.
- Over a dozen of landmarks have been restored till now.
- About two million people visit the historic town annually.
Where is Lahaina?
The historic town of Lahaina is located on the west side of Maui. It can be reached via road within 45 minutes from the Kahului Airport.
Best time to visit Lahaina
Owing to its pleasant weather, Lahaina, located on the island of Maui can be visited any time of the year. For the whale watching freaks, the best time to visit Maui is from December through May. You may plan your visit to Lahaina according to your choice.
The summer season spanning over April through November is warmer and drier. The winters (from December to March) are somewhat cooler.
More on Lahaina
What are the coordinates of Lahaina?
20.8861° N, 156.6747° W
How many sites does the Lahaina Historic Trail cover?
The trail covers 62 sites.
Image Credit : Justin EnnisPublished On: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014