Lahaina Port Guide

Lahaina Port offers visitors plenty of dining and shopping opportunities. Lahaina is an historic old whaling town, and the second most-visited location on Maui. Lahaina enjoys a lot of sunshine and is warm all year. At the Lahaina port of call, ships are anchored. The passengers are tendered directly to the main tourist area. Area attractions and the visitors' center are within walking distance. Taxis can take visitors to areas not in easy walking distance.


Souvenir shops are abundant in Lahaina. Much of the shopping centers on Front St., a waterfront boardwalk. The Lahaina Cannery Mall offers a good mall-shopping experience with a few Hawaiian-themed stores. Handcrafted dolls are a local specialty.

Old Lahaina Book Emporium is a two-story used bookstore. A good number of different books, magazines and audiobooks are offered. The owner is very knowledgeable of her collection. Wear Aloha offers a great selection of T-shirts, as well as souvenir items.

Things to See

The town is situated in a very attractive place, bordered by the pristine waters of the Auau Channel and the Mauna Kahalawai mountain range. The greenery is lush, the skies are clear, and rainbows are often seen. The area has been home to a multicultural population ever since its founding.

The Lahaina Kaanapali Railroad or Sugar Cane train, is the only train running in Hawaii. It makes runs to Kaanapali, where many of the resort beaches are located. The vintage-style locomotive takes passengers to see some of the area's best sights, including humpback whales. A weekly dinner train trip is offered with a buffet and live Hawaiian entertainment.

Carthaginian 2 is a replica of a whaling ship. It's located in the main harbor, and is an interesting sight for all ages. A massive banyan tree is located in the center of the city, and covers a city block.

The Old Lahaina Luau is one of the most well-attended luaus in the Pacific. In addition to a filling, satisfying feast, fire dances are offered for entertainment.

Dinner cruises are a popular activity, as well as whale-watching. Other cruises can take visitors to nearby Lanai. Fishing charters are also available.

Seasonal and yearly events include a lively Halloween party with elaborate costumes, the Vic-Maui yacht race, and the Mercedes-Benz PGA championship.

Churches include a Catholic parish called Maria Lanakila Church, Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, Lahaina United Methodist Church, and Waiola Church.

Restaurants and Bars

Chez Paul offers nice French cuisine. Kimo's is a popular restaurant where you might want a reservation. The Lahaina Fish Company is a great place to enjoy sunsets. Lahaina Store Grille & Oyster Bar offers rooftop dining.

The Aloha Mixed Plate offers beachside dining with traditional Hawaiian specialties. Bubba Gump is a good destination for shrimp. Lahaina Coolers offers good selections for all 3 meals. Io is a popular destination for vegetarian fare.

Full-service bars are found in most larger restaurants. The Hard Rock Cafe is a popular nightspot, as are Cheeseburger in Paradise and Moose McGillycuddy's.

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