Lahaina is located in West Maui in Maui County. The region captures a tropical small-town feel that offers beautiful beaches, family attractions, and lots of outdoor activities to keep everyone busy during their Lahaina town vacation.
Lahaina was the capital of Hawaii until 1845, as well as a busy whaling port in the years when whaling was a major commercial activity. Although the capital moved to Honolulu and the whaling trade in Hawaii ended, the Lahaina region has endured and prospered both as a tourist attraction and a draw for locals.
Given its rich and varied record, it's no surprise that the town has a lot to offer history buffs. If you'd like a taste of local culture and history, then visit the island between October 24th-October 25th for Plantation Days.
This festival is a commemoration of the old pineapple and sugar plantations that used to cover large stretches of Maui. The event features historical reenactments, food, games, music, and lots of other fun family activities. History buffs will also enjoy visiting historical venues such as the Baldwin Home Museum. This Maui landmark was erected around 1834, and the Baldwin family that the house is named after moved into the home around 1835. The Baldwin home was used as a "missionary compound".
There are numerous other historical tourist attractions in the area as well, such as the Lahaina Lighthouse, the Wo Hing Museum, and the Lahaina Heritage Museum.
Sports and outdoors enthusiasts will appreciate events such as the XTERRA World Championship, held annually on Maui since 1996. This grueling triathlon attracts some of the best athletes from all around the world and tests their endurance to its very limit.
For a change of pace, there's also the Maui Aloha Classic, which is part of the American Windsurfing Tour. This event starts in the last couple of days of October, lasting through the first couple of weeks of November.
Restaurants in the area are extremely diverse and serve a range of Asian, Italian, American and traditional local cuisines.
Our own Royal Lahaina Resort has plenty of dining options, with the Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant and Lounge serving traditional Hawaiian and seafood dishes with a glorious oceanfront view; for lighter fare, you can stop by the Royal Scoop and grab a sandwich or an ice cream, or relax at the Beach Bar with a refreshing cocktail.
Elsewhere in town, vegan tourists can dine at the Choice Health Bar, which offers a variety of breakfast, brunch, and snack options, including sumptuous local tropical fruits.
Lahaina also boasts a plethora of tasty and distinctive snack foods for hungry tourists and surfers. No visit to Maui would be complete without sampling Hawaii's famous shave ice, and Local Boys West and Breakwall Shaved Ice Co. are good spots to grab a serving or two.
This is only a taste - there's a lot more you can do and many more foods you can taste when you visit Lahaina. Book your Lahaina vacation today, and go exploring!