Once the seat of the monarchy of Hawaii, a whaling village, and a bustling seaport, Lahaina is a historic town and one of the most popular destinations in the state for both Hawaiians and tourists alike. Visitors can still see the original cannons and huge walls of the fort that once defended the town of Lahaina, Hawaii, however, the whaling ships of the past have been replaced by cruising boats. There is plenty to do here, ranging from history and the arts to shopping to restaurants serving delicious food and more. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Old Lahaina Courthouse
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The Old Lahaina Courthouse, situated in the heart of the historic town, is a charming building that now houses the Lahaina Heritage Museum, the Lahaina Visitor Center, and the Lahaina Arts Society. Guests can explore the many displays and the interactive exhibit about the history of Lahaina. The visitor center is also a great place to get information about things to do and see in town, including a walking tour brochure highlighting all of the historic sites. The theater at the Old Lahaina Courthouse shows rotating films about a wide range of topics related to Lahaina, Hawaii and its past.
648 Wharf St, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-667-9193
2.Baldwin Home Museum
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The Baldwin Home Museum provides a glimpse into what life was like in Hawaii during the nineteenth century. The informative museum is housed within the former residence of Dr. Dwight Baldwin, a missionary, as well as his family. The stone-and-coral house was built from 1834 to 1835 and has been carefully and beautifully restored as a reflection of the time period. Visitors today can still see many of the home’s original furnishings, such as Dr. Baldwin’s dispensary and a grand piano. The Baldwin Home Museum is open daily from 10:00am until 4:00pm, until 8:30pm on Fridays.
120 Dickenson St, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-667-7040
3.Wo Hing Temple Museum
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The Wo Hing Temple Museum is a rather eye-catching Chinese temple in the middle of Lahaina’s Front Street. The historic temple is reflective of the importance of the early Chinese immigrants to Lahaina, Hawaii. Built in 1912 by the Wo Hing Society, the museum houses a Taoist altar, historical photo exhibits of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, and numerous beautiful artifacts. The rustic cookhouse next door is home to a small theater that shows some of the first films Thomas Edison shot of Hawaii from 1898 to 1906, featuring Hawaiian cowboys herding cattle, everyday street scenes, and cane workers in the fields.
858 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-661-5553
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4.Bill Wyland Galleries
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The Bill Wyland Galleries opened in May of 2016 in the town of Lahaina, Hawaii and showcases hand-selected works of both established and new Pacific artists within a historic former theater building. The spacious gallery today is home to artwork by more than twenty different artists, the majority of which are either from the islands of Hawaii or now call Hawaii their home. The Bill Wyland Galleries are open seven days a week, from nine in the morning until ten at night. Visitors can explore striking visuals by Patrick Parker, Bryan Pezman, Dennis Mathewson, Colin Anderson, and Robert King Andia.
828 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-667-2090
5.Lahaina Cannery Mall
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Formerly the Maui Pineapple Cannery during the middle of the twentieth century, the Lahaina Cannery Mall now sits within the iconic landmark and is the only fully enclosed, air-conditioned shopping center on Maui. More than twenty jewelry, apparel, and specialty stores can be found at the Lahaina Cannery Mall, as well as the Pineapple Court with its six quick service restaurants. Hula shows can often be seen at the center stage on weekends, along with ukulele and hula lessons on specific days. The mall is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am until 9:00pm and until 7:00pm on Sundays.
1221 HI-30, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-661-5304
6.Lahaina Arts Society
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The Lahaina Arts Society dedicates itself to showcasing, marketing, mentoring, and supporting the artists of Maui County. Formed by a group of Maui artists in the 1960's, the arts organization was able to raise money and establish a gallery inside the historic Old Lahaina Courthouse. This nonprofit today still serves as a gatekeeper for Maui's new artists and operates two art galleries, in addition to hosting weekly free art classes for children and regular art fairs. The art fairs are often held outside of the town’s Lahaina Cannery Mall on Saturdays and Sundays, featuring live music, fine art, and more.
648 Wharf St, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-661-0111
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7.Lahaina Heritage Museum
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The Lahaina Heritage Museum shares the colorful story of Lahaina, Hawaii through a series of interesting exhibits in the historic Old Lahaina Courthouse, which dates back to 1859 and serves as an artifact in itself. While the array of artifacts cover a range of topics related to the area’s local history, there is an emphasis on Lahaina’s whaling industry that at one time dominated the town’s economy. The whaling exhibits at the Lahaina Heritage Museum include old photographs, giant whale teeth, and more. Displays throughout the museum are also organized by era, such as Monarchy Period and Ancient Times.
648 Wharf St, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-661-3262
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8.Hale Pa'i Printing Museum
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The Hale Pa'i Printing, or “House of Printing,” Museum contains an old printing press that dates back to the 1800’s.When missionaries arrived in the town of Lahaina, they were able to convince the Hawaiian ali' that literacy and education were key to people prospering. The first school anywhere west of the Rocky Mountains, the Lahainaluna Seminary, was created in 1832 and today is known as the Lahainaluna High School, where the Hale Pa'i Printing Museum is now housed. Visitors can now tour the Printing Museum on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
980 Lahainaluna Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-667-7040
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The ABC Stores of Hawaii originally began as a “mom-and-pop shop,” but have expanded to become one of the tourism industry of Hawaii’s most recognizable brands. The founders behind the successful brand, Minnie and Sidney Kosasa, paved their road to success through their vision consisting of two fundamental and important tenets: service and convenience. The first ABC Store opened in 1964 in Waikiki Beach, selling cosmetics, drugs, souvenirs, groceries, and just about everything else any visitor may need. There are now ABC Stores on each of the major islands of Hawaii, including a location in the historic town of Lahaina.
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Located at The Plantation Inn, Gerard's Restaurant opened in 1982 and brings delicious contemporary French island food to the island of Maui. Chef Gerard Reversade combines fresh Maui island products with his classically French culinary arts. The restaurant also offers a decadent dessert menu and an award-winning selection of wines. As for options when it comes to seating, Gerard's Restaurant offers several choices, ranging from a romantic setting on the veranda to the peaceful garden patio to the comfortable, charming, and air-conditioned dining room. Dishes are prepared primarily with ingredients from local farmers and fishermen, offering farm-to-table dining.
174 Lahainaluna Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-661-8939
11.Frida's Beach House
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Frida's Mexican Beach House is a unique restaurant in Lahaina, Hawaii that serves eclectic Mexican cuisine, as well as several dishes inspired by South and Central American culinary traditions. As its name suggests, Frida’s Beach House is situated right next to one of Hawaii’s beaches, allowing guests the chance to listen to rolling waves as they dine on delicious food or simply sip a refreshing cocktail, with Happy Hour offered daily. In addition to the main restaurant, there is also a tequila bar consisting of more than forty different tequilas ideal for either sipping slowly or drinking as a shot.
1287 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-661-1287
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12.Cheeseburger In Paradise
Cheeseburger In Paradise in Lahaina on Maui is the flagship location of the wildly popular restaurant, situated on the town’s world-famous Front Street. The restaurant is the home of the “legendary Five-Napkin Cheeseburger” and has been providing its own unique version of “Aloha” for more than thirty years. Offering dining all day, Cheeseburger in Paradise also provides oceanside dining with amazing views of the ocean. Live entertainment can be heard every night at the Lahaina restaurant as well, with house musicians often singing guests’ favorite songs. In addition to the food, there is also a great list of handcrafted cocktails.
811 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-661-4855
12 Best Things to Do in Lahaina, HI
- Old Lahaina Courthouse, Photo: Ralf Broskvar/stock.adobe.com
- Baldwin Home Museum, Photo: Art Boardman/stock.adobe.com
- Wo Hing Temple Museum, Photo: Rick Beauregard/stock.adobe.com
- Bill Wyland Galleries, Photo: Bill Wyland Galleries
- Lahaina Cannery Mall, Photo: Lahaina Cannery Mall
- Lahaina Arts Society, Photo: Lahaina Arts Society
- Lahaina Heritage Museum, Photo: Lahaina Heritage Museum
- Hale Pa'i Printing Museum, Photo: Hale Pa'i Printing Museum
- ABC Stores, Photo: NOOMUBON PHOTO/stock.adobe.com
- Gerard's Restaurant, Photo: Gerard's Restaurant
- Frida's Beach House, Photo: Frida's Beach House
- Cheeseburger In Paradise, Photo: Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: JJAVA/stock.adobe.com
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