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Lahaina Holiday


The former capital of Hawaii was once the heart of the global whaling trade. Today, it’s a popular beach city and starting point for whale-watching tours.

You can still get a sense for the old Lahaina by taking a walk down Front Street, the town’s main artery. This street is lined with well-preserved timber-framed homes that date back to the early 19th century. Today, these houses are restaurants, art galleries, T-shirt stores and trinket shops.  

Lahaina sits between the Au'au Channel and the peaks of the West Maui Mountains on Maui’s northwest coast. After King Kamehameha conquered Maui at the turn of the 19th century, he made Lahaina the seat of royal power. It remained in ascendancy until 1845, when the Hawaiian capital was moved to Honolulu.  

During its the peak of the whaling industry, from 1825 to 1860, hundreds of ships were berthed in Lahaina’s harbor each year while their sailors took shore leave in town. One such sailor was Herman Melville, author of the classic American novel Moby Dick.

Whales are no longer hunted from Lahaina, but you can still get up-close to them. Set sail on a whale-watching tour from the town’s harbor. The tours last between two and five hours and the best time to see the mammals is between December and May.

While you are visiting Lahaina, grab the opportunity to sit under the shade of the colossal banyan tree in Front Street. It’s of the largest banyan trees in the world.

At night Lahaina, many of Front Street’s stores and galleries stay open late. Book a seat at the Maui Theater for the Ulalena Show, a performance running most nights of the week that tells the story of Hawaii’s people through a combination of song, dance, and acrobatics.

Lahaina is a good base from which to explore the rest of Maui. The island is approximately 45 miles (72.4 kilometers) at its longest length and 23 miles (37 kilometers) at its longest width. Journey through the 'Iao Valley State Park for a close-up view of the 'Iao Needle. This colossal lava formation is one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks. Swim in the freshwater pools at Kīpahulu and enjoy spectacular views from the mountain peaks of the Haleakalā National Park. For some gentle relaxation play a round of golf or laze on the sandy beaches at the luxury resort of Kapalua.


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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali NZ$709
Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2020
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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali

2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
     
    4.0 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The views from our room were breathtaking. Gardens and pools beautiful.

    Aston Kaanapali Shores NZ$549
    Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2020
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    Aston Kaanapali Shores

    Aston Kaanapali Shores

    3445 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great location, services, and hospitality. Would stay again

      Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa NZ$656
      Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2020
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      Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

      Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

      200 Nohea Kai Dr, Lahaina, HI
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        It was beautiful. Was disappointed with the steakhouse dinner service but everything else was wonderful!

        Honua Kai Resort & Spa NZ$768
        Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020
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        Honua Kai Resort & Spa

        Honua Kai Resort & Spa

        130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Problems with TV on Super Bowl Sunday, no one resolved it, no info in room about TV channels. Also, a few days before leaving we found ants in our bed

          Royal Lahaina Resort NZ$443
          Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020
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          Royal Lahaina Resort

          Royal Lahaina Resort

          2780 Kekaa Dr, Lahaina, HI
             
            4.2 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Amazing property and the friendliest staff! Would stay there again.

            Kaanapali Beach Hotel
            Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020
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            Kaanapali Beach Hotel

            Kaanapali Beach Hotel

            2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI
               
              4.1 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The hotel and guest rooms need updating but we understand that they are going to start some remodeling in April. The wonderful staff, always smiling, made our trip that much more enjoyable. The pina colada's at the Tiki bar are some of the best in Kannapali! We will be back next year!

              Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas NZ$638
              Reviewed on 8 Feb. 2020
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              Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas

              Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas

              45 Kai Ala Dr, Lahaina, HI
                 
                4.3 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Staff was friendly. Rooms were clean. Although I had to kill a cockroach in our room on the day we were leaving, but hey that is something you can find on an island. It was a great stay.

                Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa NZ$763
                Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020
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                Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

                Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

                2605 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great location! Not happy that hot tub heater broken, was Luke warm.

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