Wondering what to do in Lahaina? I’ve had a love affair with Lahaina for some time now, ever since I moved to Maui. I have spent most of my time living on West Maui so I’ve had ample time to try all the things to do in Lahaina.
My partner Joe, the man behind the camera grew up in Lahaina. Its crazy to think that his home town attracts visitors from all over the globe. It is the perfect, charming Maui town and should be included on anyone’s itinerary.
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1. Visit the lahaina Banyan Tree
2. Take a Surf Lesson
When most people think of Hawaii surfing comes to mind. Learning to surf in Lahaina at break wall surf break is a perfect beginners spot. There are plenty of surf shops nearby that will set you up with a group or private lessons depending on your preference. The Lahaina Surf Shack is the best surf school located on Prison Street next to Prison Street Pizza. If you’re not in Lahaina, check out these surf lessons.
3. Enjoy the Sunset Ceremony at Fleetwoods
Every night at 5:30 on the rooftop of Fleetwoods on Front Street there is a sunset ceremony. A Kumu (Hawaiian for teacher) or Scottish bagpiper start the ceremony and tell you a little bit about why they’re here, their relationship with Fleetwoods and then they light the tiki torches.
The ceremony lasts 15 minutes and on Saturdays you’ll get to see both the kumu and piper. (No double ceremony due to COVID.) First come first serve for seating around the bar.
4. Gallery Hop on a Friday Night
- Peter Lik
- Kush Fine Art
- Morrison Hotel Gallery
- Andrew Shoemaker
Remember it is illegal to drink on the street and enjoy your classy art crawl!
5. Float at Baby Beach
Baby Beach is the perfect beach to float at because of the shallow waters. This also makes it a perfect beach to take your kids, hence the name Baby Beach. Pick a floatie, pack a cooler, grab your girlfriends and spend the day relaxing in the ocean. If you see a giant rubber duckie float come over and say hi. Its not unusual to find me here. It’s one of my favorite things to do in Lahaina.
Get your Floatie ↓
6. Enjoy an Adult Milkshake at Cool Cats
7. Attend a Luau
One of the best luau’s is located at the beginning of Front Street in Lahaina is The Feast at Lele. This luau takes you on a 5 course dinner of polynesian cuisine from the islands of Hawaii, Aotearoa, Tahiti and Samoa.
Another great luau located on the opposite end of Front Street is the Old Lahaina Luau, one of Maui’s oldest luau’s. It has gained popularity over the years, selling out almost every night and is open 365 days of the year.
8. Catch Live Music at Fleetwoods
I know I’ve mentioned Fleetwoods before but if you LOVE listening to live music then head over the Fleetwoods because the talent is above par. I mean what do you expect, it’s the house of Mick Fleetwood, every musician/ band that plays here has loads of talent!
They have up to 4 live performances a day. Check here for a list of times and musicians. You might even get lucky and see the great Mick Fleetwood perform himself.
9. Shop of Front Street
10. Enjoy a Hawaiian Shave Ice
Since the shaved ice is a bit thicker it is able to hold onto the syrup giving each bite a full, flavorful, sweet taste. To add to this already sugar packed dessert is a scoop of ice cream. Yes thats right, not
only do you get a sugary, delicious iced concoction, it also comes with a scoop of ice cream. The Hawaiian made ice cream come in choices like haupia (coconut) and mango.
Love dessert but prefer to have some booze in it? Then head to BreakWall Shave Ice located in the Lahaina wharf. This is home to the ‘Adult Shave Ice’ where you can order a shave ice with alcohol in it. They offer different flavors like pina colada or mai tai.
11. See a Magic Show at Warren & annebell’s
12. Breakfast at Down the Hatch
Best breakfast on the west side! Located in Lahaina town across the street from the banyan tree. Police officers enjoy the breakfast here several days of the week. If the police eat here then it has to be delicious right?!?! It’s Hawaiian with a southern flare where you’ll find items like fried rice, and chicken and waffles.
13. Go on a Whale Watch
If you’re visiting Maui during mid December through mid May you be here during whale season. In my opinion this is the best time to visit.
Every year the humpback whales migrate from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm waters of Maui. It is in the warm Hawaiian waters that the females give birth to their young. Going on a whale watch is one of the BEST Lahaina activities.
Whale watching tours depart directly from the Lahaina harbor.
14. Try Hula Pie at Kimos
15. Catch a Sunset
Make sure you do this every night you are in Hawaii. The sunsets are always beautiful as each one surpasses the next. Look at this sunset from 505 beach in Lahaina.
16. Brunch at Mala
Brunch with a view. Located at the end of Front Street on the water is Mala Ocean Tavern. Sip mimosas and as the waves crash on the rocks. It’s not uncommon to spot a sea turtle swimming near shore while you’re here. Enjoy brunch 7 days a week from 9 am – 2 pm. The food will not disappoint!
17. Happy Hour at Fleetwoods
Remember earlier on the list when I talked about live music at Fleetwoods? Come thirsty and give all your senses an experience.
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