Maui is a paradise in so many ways, there is magic to be found all over this special little island. If you visit Maui a stroll down Front street in Lahaina is a must. Once known as Lele, which means “relentless sun” in Hawaiian, Lahaina is a historic town that has been transformed into a Maui hot spot with dozens of art galleries and a variety of unique shops and restaurants.
Once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, Lahaina was also a historic whaling village during the whaling boom of the mid-1800’s. Up to 1,500 sailors from as many as 400 ships took leave in Lahaina including Herman Melville, who immortalized the era in his classic novel Moby Dick.
Today, Lahaina is on the National Register of Historic Places. You can still get a feel for old Lahaina as you stroll down lively Front Street and visit historic stops like the U.S. Seamen’s Hospital, Hale Paaho (Lahaina Prison), the Pioneer Inn and other sites on the Lahaina Historic trail. Approximately 55 acres of old Lahaina have been set aside as historic districts.
If you find yourself on Maui during the winter months you are here for the whale watching season. Our two hour whale watching trips leave from Lahaina harbor right on Front street. Our trips are a perfect addition to you day, grab lunch and head out for a whale watch. You can join us for a snorkel any time of year. Choose our half day trip and you will be back in time to try one of Front Streets many restaurants. Whale watching from Lahaina is an experience of a lifetime and we take you far from the beaten path.