Spend Some Time in Lahaina
It’s a simple fact that most people who visit Maui end up in Lahaina at one point or another, and this isn’t an accidental phenomenon. This town is historic, picturesque and packed with fascinating sights, so don’t feel bad for following the crowd this time around.
Lahaina’s heritage reflects elements of the whaling industry as well as the Hawaiian royalty who once considered this the capital of their kingdom. Museums and well-preserved buildings will give you an idea of the impressive culture; just take a stroll down Front Street for an up close and personal look at both modern shops and nineteenth century architecture. Stop off in Banyan Tree Square to check out the giant tree that has spread its way over most of an acre and keep your eyes open for the live entertainment and special events that define this lively area.
Western Maui, which also includes Kaanapali and Kahana, is a fine place to get in touch with nature, as well. Hills, valleys, rainforests and water falls will add an element of lush beauty to your trip, and if you’re here during the winter season you’ll not want to miss the chance to watch a few breaching humpbacks from a scenic overlook or from the decks of a whale watching boat.
Days spent hiking, strolling, sailing and napping in the sun will acquaint you with all that Lahaina and its surroundings have to offer, and staying in a condo or beach house will further enhance the experience. Just beyond the subdued bustle of downtown is a world best viewed from the comforts of a private lanai, so pick out a sweet spot to spend your hard-earned vacation.
More than just a place to haphazardly stumble across, Lahaina is one of Hawaii’s brightest gems.