Even if you only have a few days to spend on Maui, finding the time to spend a day in Lahaina could be one of the best decisions you make! This “small” town is teeming with history and culture — and the views aren’t half-bad either!
If you only have a day to spend in Lahaina, Maui, you’ll want to spend it wisely. So, read-on to learn which hot-spots, cultural treasures, and scenic places should take priority:
Start with the free stuff:
You must be hungry:
After a morning of visiting some of the area’s historic places, take a moment to enjoy a relaxing lunch along the Lahaia waterfront. The Lahaina Grill, Kimo’s, and Mala Ocean Tavern are just a few of the many oceanfront eateries in Lahaina, Maui that offer authentic Hawaii cuisine with a spectacular view. After lunch, make sure you save room for shave ice — Ululani’s is a favorite!
Now that your belly is full:
After lunch is a great time to head to the some of the area’s fantastic museums. Depending on how much time you want to spend indoors, you may want to limit your museum visit to just one. But, ultimately, it’s up to you. Choose from the Baldwin Home Museum (a 19th century home), the Wo Hing Temple Museum (Chinese history and artifacts), or the Lahaina Restoration Foundation (Lahaina history and artifacts).
Time for some shopping:
Front Street is my favorite place in Lahaina for great shopping. You’ll find anything and everything you need, plus souvenirs to take home — and, it’s all contained in an outdoor mall setting. This is a great place to find unique T-shirts for the loved ones left behind! You’ll also find lots of places to stop for a mid-day snack.
Take a whale watching or sunset cruise:
Lahaina used to be one of the world’s great whaling villages, and, now it’s one of the world’s premier sites for whale watching. If it’s whale season, make sure you book a whale watching tour, so you can view these amazing animals up close. If you’re in Lahaina, Maui outside of whale season, consider taking a sunset sail out of Lahaina harbor. You won’t soon forget the experience of sailing into the Maui sunset.
If you’re in the mood for fine dining after your day on the ocean, check-out Gerard’s, Merriman’s Maui, or Leilani’s on the Beach. A beautiful dinner is a great way to round-out a spectacular day in this incredible town.
If you only have a day in Lahaina, Maui, no matter! You can still fill it with plenty of culture, fun, and food. So, put Lahaina on your Maui itinerary, and enjoy this extraordinary town!