Where can I find free or paid Lahaina parking? How long can I park there? Can I get free parking in Lahaina by getting my parking ticket validated at Lahaina shops or restaurants?
There is very little on-street parking in Lahaina, and it can be hard to get in and out of the street parking spaces because of traffic. But there are many paid Lahaina parking lots and a couple free lots. You can park as long as you want if you don’t mind paying, but the rare free lots have time limits.
The largest free Lahaina parking lot is at the corner of Prison Street and Front Street. Because is is free, it is often full, but you may get lucky and pull in as someone else pulls out. It has a 3-hour limit. Don’t park in the spaces marked “buses only” there, because I have often seen all the cars in those spaces with parking violation tickets on their windshields.
The biggest parking lot in Lahaina, where you can always find a space and can stay as long as you like, is a paid lot (and connected parking structure) on the north side of Papalaua street, about a half block inland from Front Street. It is the parking lot of the “Outlets of Maui” which is the shopping center that includes the Hilo Hattie store. Another paid Lahaina parking lot that practically always has available spaces is behind the Wharf Cinema Center, which is the 3-story shopping center across from the Banyan Tree Park. Enter that lot from Wainee Street, between Dickenson and Prison Streets. Parking lots that you can enter directly from Front Street or from Lahainaluna or Dickenson streets are usually more expensive than the two lots mentioned earlier in this paragraph.
Some stores or restaurants will “validate” your parking for a free or discounted stay in some of the paid lots, but only for a limit such as 2 hours. Any of the stores or restaurants in the Outlets of Maui mentioned above will validate you for 2 free hours of parking in that lot, if you buy something in the store. Any of the stores or restaurants in the Wharf Center will stamp your parking card for a short free stay or a longer half-price stay in the parking lot behind that shopping center.