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When it comes to the island of Maui, it's hard to beat Lahaina. Whether you are looking for pristine white sand beaches, great snorkeling, touristy shopping, amazing dining, or simply a spot to enjoy the laid back vibes of Hawaii, Lahaina features all the best in one little slice of paradise!

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer

14 Places

4 City Tips

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14 Places

Day 1

Lahaina Front Street

Neighborhoods

Kush Fine Art Gallery

Art Galleries

Lahaina Banyan Court Park

Parks

Day 2

The Coffee Store Napili

Restaurants

Ka'anapali Beach

Beaches

Whalers Village Museum

Specialty Museums

Kapalua Coastal Trail

Hiking Trails, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Leilani's On The Beach

Restaurants

Day 3

Sea House Restaurant

Restaurants

Honokeana Bay

Beaches, Bodies of Water

Lorraine's Shave Ice

Restaurants

Napili Beach

Beaches

Joshua S's City Tips

  • Don't let the afternoon rain storms deter you from the beach. There tends to be at least some rain every day, but it passes quickly!
  • Don't forget to use sunscreen! Nothing ruins a trip faster than a bad sunburn the first day.
  • You can take buses around much of the island, but I would highly recommend renting a car. The island is spread out and having your own vehicle is very helpful!
  • Sometimes the best way to enjoy life in Hawaii is doing nothing at all. Don't hesitate to "waste" your entire day soaking up the sun at your favorite beach!
    Day 1
  • Lahaina Front Street
    Neighborhoods
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    Joshua S Says:

    Front Street perfectly embodies the personality of Lahaina as a whole. The street is lined with tourist shops (great for souvenirs), art galleries, restaurants, beautiful views over the water, and even glass blowing! If you're looking for a great location for shopping and nightlife, look no further than Front Street.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Lahaina can get fairly hot in the middle of the afternoon. If you want to spend time walking around, I would recommend visiting in the evening or after dinner.
    • Leave plenty of time to wander. Part of the experience is just exploring the different shops and art galleries.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 106 things to do in Lahaina
    • Shopping and good food 11/24/2022
    • Great Street 11/19/2022
    • Lahaina Front Street
    Address:
    Front St
    Lahaina, Maui, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-661-8412
    Other:
  • Kush Fine Art Gallery
    Art Galleries
    Joshua S Says:

    Usually, I'm not a huge fan of art galleries. I enjoy browsing, but I'm usually done after about five or ten minutes. When I walked into Kush Gallery for the first time however, I found I could have spent hours appreciating the incredibly creative pieces of art! Vladimir Kush has found a way to combine nature, architecture, and a sort of social commentary in his own unique style. Even if you wouldn't normally spend time in an art gallery, I would encourage you to stop by.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to look for the detail in each piece. The thing that really stood out to me here was the thought put into every painting.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 106 things to do in Lahaina
    • Blah ineration 11/19/2022
    • Amazing concept! 10/08/2022
    • Kush Fine Art Gallery
    Address:
    820 Front St
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-2367
    Phone:
    +1 808-667-1989
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Lahaina Banyan Court Park
    Parks
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    Joshua S Says:

    One of Lahaina's claims to fame is the Banyan tree. You might wonder why everyone makes such a big deal about a tree — until you see it that is. This massive tree actually spans an entire city block! As Banyan trees grow out, they send branches down to the ground as roots, and after years and years of growth, the single tree begins to look more like an entire forest. But don't be fooled, it really is just one tree!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This park would be a great spot to have a picnic or just sit and enjoy the relaxed pace of life in Maui.
    • It's very easy to get to the Banyan tree from anywhere in Lahaina. And if you are on Front Street it's a close walk.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 106 things to do in Lahaina
    • Beautiful Banyan Tree 11/20/2022
    • Huge tree and homeless folk 11/19/2022
    • Lahaina Banyan Court Park
    Address:
    671 Front St
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
    Phone:
    +1 808-661-4685
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • The Coffee Store Napili
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    Joshua S Says:

    If you enjoy a good cup of coffee, you must start your day at The Coffee Store. The quaint little cafe makes for a great spot to hang out or sit down with a good book. And when it comes to quality coffee, you can't beat Hawaii. Whether you like your coffee black, with cream and sugar, or a specialty drink, I guarantee you will savor every sip!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • If you decide to order drip coffee, you can select which roast you like. They have lots of options and you really can't go wrong!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 731 restaurants in Maui
    • Nice neighborhood coffee place 11/22/2022
    • Hawaiian coffee yumminess 09/22/2022
    • The Coffee Store Napili
    Address:
    5095 Napilihau St
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-8800
    Phone:
    +1 808-669-4170
    Price range:
    $5 - $10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ka'anapali Beach
    Beaches
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    Joshua S Says:

    After your morning cup of coffee, head to Ka'anapali Beach. As you leave Lahaina, the temperature drops and the trade winds pick up, which helps balance out the warmth of the sun. And nothing is better than a swim to cool off! If you walk to the far end of the beach, you will even find a formation of lava rock that is great for cliff jumping! However you decide to make the most of your time here, you will certainly be living the good life.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ka'anapali can be a bit crowded because of its location next to the hotels. Thankfully, it's a long stretch of beach, so walk for a bit and stake your own claim away from the crowd.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 106 things to do in Lahaina
    • Terrific place 12/02/2022
    • One of the best beaches in America 11/30/2022
    • Ka'anapali Beach
  • Whalers Village Museum
    Specialty Museums
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    Joshua S Says:

    After spending your morning at the beach, get out of the sun and enjoy some of the best shopping in Western Maui. Whaler's Village has a variety of shops that are sure to entertain everyone. Guys can go check out a knife shop, girls can shop for clothes, and everybody can enjoy picking out souvenirs. And while you're at it, grab a bite to eat for lunch before continuing your adventure.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Parking can be a bit of a challenge in this area. If you can, find parking away from the village and walk in.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Lahaina
    • Added bonus to trip 05/20/2018
    • Fun thing to do in the village 05/08/2018
    • Whalers Village Museum
    Address:
    2435 Kaanapali Pkwy
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1980
    Phone:
    +1 808-661-5992
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Kapalua Coastal Trail
    Hiking Trails, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Joshua S Says:

    If you enjoy going for a walk in the morning or around sunset, you might find yourself on this trail every day. Whenever I visit Maui, I go for at least one walk along this trail that follows the beautiful coastline. As soon as you step foot on the path, you will be greeted with sweeping views and the smell of the ocean; and as you hike along and enjoy the fresh air, don't hesitate to swim at any of the gorgeous beaches you pass by!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • While you can walk this trail in sandals or even barefoot (I have done it), I would recommend closed toe shoes for the rockier sections.
    • Bring plenty of water! The sun is intense and you don't want to get dehydrated.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 106 things to do in Lahaina
    • Lovely Hike Along Ocean 12/02/2022
    • Pleasant walk along the ocean 11/29/2022
    • Kapalua Coastal Trail
    Address:
    99 Coconut Grove Ln
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-8737
    Phone:
    +1 808-464-0840
    Other:
  • Leilani's On The Beach
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood, Hawaiian)
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    Joshua S Says:

    In my travels to Maui, I've only had the privilege of eating at Leilani's on a couple of occasions, and each time I have felt absolutely spoiled! The location near the beach sets the mood perfectly, the food is exceptional, and the service is superb! Due to the cost, I usually only stop in once a trip, but each time it is an experience I cherish to the last bite. This is the perfect ending to another day in paradise!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • I have to recommend ordering fish. The fresh seafood is second to none!
    • If you really want to treat yourself, finish off your dinner with any of the magnificent desserts!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 731 restaurants in Maui
    • Eat on one of the most amazing beaches in the world. 11/27/2022
    • No Happy Hour! 11/22/2022
    • Leilani's On The Beach
    Address:
    2435 Kaanapali Pkwy
    Bldg J1
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1980
    Phone:
    +1 808-661-4495
    Price range:
    $35 - $50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Sea House Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian)
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    Joshua S Says:

    Unlike most people, breakfast is my favorite meal to eat out. And of all my favorite spots, I think Sea House takes the cake! In fact, as I write this I leave for Maui tomorrow, and I can't help but think about sitting here enjoying breakfast in the next day or two. As you gaze out the large open windows you will be able to appreciate the entire view of Napili Bay; complete with it's sparkling, crystal clear water and perfect white sand beach. Between the view and the food, you might not want to leave!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • One of my favorite breakfast items is the "bird of paradise." It features a huge plate of the best tropical fruit imaginable, along with a yoghurt parfait and a small muffin.
    • I also have to recommend the macadamia nut cinnamon roll. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #159 of 731 restaurants in Maui
    • Fantastic Service, Food and View 12/02/2022
    • Delicious food at decent price! 12/02/2022
    • Sea House Restaurant
    Address:
    5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
    Napili Kai Beach Resort
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-8780
    Phone:
    +1 808-669-1500
    Price range:
    $0 - $50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Honokeana Bay
    Beaches, Bodies of Water
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    Joshua S Says:

    If you enjoy snorkeling, Honokeana Bay is a must! With visibility up to 50 feet, countless varieties of fish, and a large population of sea turtles, Honokeana has it all! While the fish are similar to what you might find in the surrounding bays, I can guarantee you will see at least three or four turtles in the water here (something unique to this cove.) There's nothing quite like swimming alongside a massive sea turtle, and what better picture to send home to all your friends? (Don't forget a waterproof camera!)

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The only way I know of to get to Honokeana is following a short trail at the south end of Napili Bay. If you have trouble finding it, ask a local!
    • It can be a bit challenging to get into the water at Honokeana Bay. It's all rocks along the shore, but you will see a spot that most people use when you first get to the bay.
    • Try to go snorkeling here when the surf is small. Big surf will decrease visibility and also make it more challenging to get into the water.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #125 of 428 things to do in Maui
    • One of the best snorkeling spots on the island 04/16/2022
    • Snorkeling here 02/09/2022
    • Honokeana Bay
  • Lorraine's Shave Ice
    Restaurants (Hawaiian)
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    Joshua S Says:

    What can I even begin to say about Lorraine's Shave Ice? This is my absolute must-see hidden gem on the entire island of Maui! Despite the drive, I have gone to Lorraine's at least once on each of my Maui trips. When you meet Lorraine, it's essentially like gaining a new grandma! If it's your first time, she will take you on a tour of her property to see her backyard with ocean views, banana trees, and a small creek. Afterwards, you can order shave ice, banana bread, and toasted coconut that are all to die for! By the time you've enjoyed your delicious treats and hung out with Lorraine you will feel like family! Don't miss out!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • When you get your tour, make sure you see the "shy weeds" or "cheap entertainment" as Lorraine calls it!
    • Be sure to order the shave ice with ice cream at the bottom! It's the only way to go!
    • The road to get to Lorraine's is technically the main road around Western Maui. However, there are some narrow sections, so use caution on the drive.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #116 of 731 restaurants in Maui
    • Be a non-tourist visitor!! 09/27/2022
    • Great stopping place! 09/22/2022
    • Lorraine's Shave Ice
    Address:
    Highway 30
    Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
    Phone:
    +1 808-242-7049
    Other:
  • Napili Beach
    Beaches
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    Joshua S Says:

    Napili Bay just might be the nicest beach in all of Maui. I have talked with countless people who have been all over the island and just keep coming back to Napili. The relatively sheltered bay is a perfect spot for paddle boarding, snorkeling, or swimming, and the sunsets are some of the most beautiful I have seen in the world. You could spend the entire day hanging out on the beach, but be sure to stay long enough to catch the sun going down between the islands of Lanai and Molokai. This spot is one that I will be coming back to for years, and after you visit you will understand why!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Park anywhere along the small road and use one of the walkways between the hotels to access the beach.
    • My favorite times to enjoy the beach are before lunch when the sun isn't as intense, or at sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 106 things to do in Lahaina
    • WAVES!!! 10/11/2022
    • Clean, beautiful, peaceful 09/26/2022
    • Napili Beach
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