I figured there’s no better time than now to write a Lahaina travel guide since I’m stuck here for the time being.  I mean there could be worse places right?!  Plus this has given me a lot of time to push the publish button on several posts.

A Travel Guide to Lahaina Maui

Lahaina town Travel guide

Location

Lahaina 🔵 is located on West Maui about 45 minutes away from the airport without traffic.  I always encourage and recommend renting a car to explore the island.  Top activities like driving the road to Hana and Haleakala Summit require your own wheels.

You will fly into Kahului OGG airport 🔴.  The drive is as scenic as it gets.  You’ll have coastal views most of the way.  You’ll see several surf breaks and the people swimming at the beaches as you drive by.

Map of Maui and directions from the airport to Lahaina

History OF LAHAINA

Lahaina can be found on the Hawaiian Island of Maui on the western side. Once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, Lahaina was also a historic whaling village in the mid 1800’s.

Walking around Lahaina town you can still spot remains of bricks that used to be an old fort, the historic courthouse and even the old Lahaina jail.  Yes the ones where the walls are only about 10 feet high because no  one could throw their “ball and chain” over it.

Today Lahaina is a hotspot on Maui and without a doubt my favorite Maui town.  Lahaina’s main drag Front Street is packed with lively restaurants, bars, art galleries and boutique shops.

I don’t make enough money to rely solely off my blog just yet therefore I work in a restaurant to support my travels and to make a living.  I happen to bartend at 2 of the hottest restaurants/bars in town, on the rooftop at Fleetwoods and Down the Hatch.  If you are in the area please stop by and say HI! 👋.  Of course only when we’re opened again.

Dining at Fleetwoods on Front Street in Lahaina Maui

WHERE TO EAT IN LAHAINA

Lahaina has a buzzing food scene and provides some of the best views for ocean side dining that Maui has to offer.  There are restaurants for every type of budget and craving.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Down the Hatch

  • Budget friendly
  • The BEST breakfast on Maui
  • Fun atmosphere
  • Live Music
  • Chive TV playing all day
  • Must try the Lobster and Crab Stuffed Grilled Cheese
  • Takes care of the locals

Fleetwoods on Front Street

  • The only rooftop in Lahaina
  • Phenomenal views of Lana’i, the West Maui Mountains and the ocean
  • Best craft cocktails, high end spirits, and wine selection on the island
  • Is owned by the legendary rockstar Mick Fleetwood himself
  • Hands down the best live music you can get.  So much talent from every artist that plays here.
  • Must try the Ultimate Surf and Turf
  • Did I mention bad ass bartenders?!

Prison Street Pizza

  • Budget friendly
  • The perfect crust to cheese to sauce ratio
  • Chill vibes

Tiki Tiki Thai

  • Friendly staff, they always treat us like family
  • I come here for the Avocado Green Curry!

Mala Ocean Tavern

  • Dining right on the ocean, you’ll often see turtles
  • Best place to brunch.  Brunch 7 days a week from 9 am to 2 pm.
  • Bloody Mary’s
  • Must try the Ahi Bruschetta

Star Noodle

  • Asian fusion, the noodle soup bowls are out of this world
  • Budget friendly
  • Fast, efficient and tasty
  • Knowledgable staff

Well that’s just to name a few.  For a bigger selection and more detailed guide of the best restaurants

Down the Hatch restaurant in Lahaina, Maui
The best view while eating lunch in Lahaina Maui
Mick Fleetwood on the drums at Fleetwoods on Front Street
Prison Street Pizza a cheap restaurant in Lahaina
Mala restaurant on Front street Lahaina, Maui
Star Noodle restaurant in Lahaina Maui

lahaina Shopping

There are plenty of shops and art galleries in Lahaina that will keep you busy for an entire afternoon.  Whatever it is your looking for, swim suits? Art? Souvenirs? You’ll be able to find it as you cruise up and down Front Street.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Shops

Art Galleries

  • Peter Lik
  • Kush Fine Art
  • Morrison Hotel Gallery
  • Andrew Shoemaker
Store fronts on Front Street in Lahaina, Maui

Where to Stay in lahaina 

Most visitors stay at resorts in Ka’anapali or Kapalua which is 10-20 minutes north of Lahaina.  If you want to keep costs down and be able to walk to town there are a few places I’d recommend staying.

Aina Nalu

Aina Nalu is a beautiful oasis tucked away on a back street in Lahaina.  The resort itself is a quaint oasis in the middle of town.  The pool is big and theres plenty of room and beds to lounge around in.  The pool is a must when staying in Lahaina because it gets so hot.

This Airbnb is walking distance to all the things to do in Lahaina, nightlife, must eat restaurants and activities.  A top stay for this Lahaina travel guide.

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Lahaina Inn

The Lahaina Inn is located in the heart of Lahaina town.  It can be found above a wonderful fine dining restaurant.  Lahaina Grill is a staple in Lahaina and worth the splurge.

The hotel is small only having 12 rooms and is tastefully decorated.  Walkable to all the activities in Lahaina.

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Old Lahaina House

The Old Lahaina House is located a block away from the best beaches in Lahaina and walking distance to things to do in Lahaina at night, restaurants, and a beginners surf break.  This is a great option of where to stay in Lahaina if you are on a budget and like to be in the center of the action.

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

Lahaina Shores is located on the South end of Front Street on the beach.  This property offers great views of the West Maui Mountains and the island of Lana’i.  This is a great place to stay in Lahain if you want quiet, beachfront and walkable to everything to do and see in Lahaina.

Staying here also gives you access to the swimming pool and hot tub.  A great escape in the middle of Lahaina’s heat.

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The Plantation Inn

The Plantation Inn is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Maui Hawaii.  With its convenient location in the center of Lahaina, the hotel is just one block away from all the things to do in Lahaina Front Street. The free parking and complimentary breakfast seal the deal. 

Adults only, so nice stay for couples on their honeymoon. 

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    what to see in lahaina

     

    • The infamous banyan tree
    • The cutest public library you’ll ever see
    • Mala Pier
    • Baby Beach
    • The boardwalk
    • The harbor
    • Old Lahaina Jail
    • 505 Beach

    lahaina Activities

    Pacific Humpback whale in the ocean in Maui

    Lahaina travel guide tips 

    • Lahaina meaning…Lahaina in Hawaiian is called Lele which translates to ‘cruel merciless sun’.  It is very, very hot with little cloud coverage most of the year especially in the summer months. Try to take shade under the banyan tree and in one of the many bars that litter Front Street.
    • People walk to work so move over for those of us who aren’t shopping 🙂

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    Lahaina Maui Travel Guide with I'm Jess Traveling
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    Lahaina Maui Travel Guide with I'm Jess Traveling