What to see and do in Lahaina
Where to eat, where to stay,
Where to park
If you haven’t been to Lahaina, you haven’t really been to Maui. Though its population is only 9000 residents, this little town has the most of everything for tourists: shopping, restaurants, history, ambiance, harbor, and much more.
Lahaina was the royal capital of Hawaii in the 1800’s, and most of the old buildings on the main street are preserved, though now converted into shops and restaurants. This was the “whaling capital of the Pacific” from 1825 to 1860. Whalers came here for rest and relaxation after months at sea hunting whales. Today the tourists come hunting burgers and bargains. But don’t miss the history while you are here. Pick up a free brochure in the Visitor’s Center in the Old Courthouse adjacent to the harbor, and take a self-guided walking tour of the many historical buildings.
Inexpensive places to eat in Lahaina, in order of my recommendation, include Penne Pasta, Lahaina Coolers, Lahainaluna Cafe, Lahaina Pizza Company, and Cool Cat Cafe. Moderate priced very good restaurants include Honu, Kimo’s and Bubba Gump. The top fine-dining very expensive restaurant in Lahaina is Lahaina Grill. The best shave ice is at Ululani’s. Free cookie samples are at Honolulu Cookie Company.
Parking in Lahaina
Where are the best places to park in Lahaina, whether you are looking at the shops and galleries, relaxing under the banyan tree, dining at any of the restaurants, or just strolling along Front Street? The only free lot is at the corner of Prison Street and Front Street. If that is full, the best deal in a centrally located paid lot is behind the Wharf Center (enter from Wainee Street just south of Dickenson). At the south end of town, you can park in a paid lot across from the 505 Front Street shops (enter from Shaw Street). The largest paid lot, and the only parking structure, are at the north end, at the Outlets of Maui shopping center adjacent to Hilo Hattie (enter from Papalaua Street half a block inland from Front Street). There are several other paid parking lots scattered through Lahaina, but they are mostly smaller and more expensive.
See photos below.
Front Street, Pioneer Inn on left, Wharf Center on right
Giant banyan tree
See the page of Things To Do In Maui for luaus, whale watching, snorkeling, tours, helicopters, horseback riding, ATV, dinner cruises, parasailing, fishing, zipline, biking, golf, beaches, kids and family fun, and more.