During the summer, Lahaina is pretty warm. Shorts, short sleeve shirt and sandals will do. From Dec.-Apr., the days are warm, but the evenings can get chilly (for Hawaiian standards around 70 F). So, a light jacket may not be a bad idea. Swimsuit.
Shopping, Eating & Entertainment at the Mall!
The Lahaina Cannery Mall is for shopping, eating & live entertainment!
This mall has over 50 shops and restaurants, and free Hula Shows!
The most popular souvenir shop here, ABC, is where you can find all the necessary souvenirs. There is also a grocery store, Safeway, where you might want to get some small snacks and drinks for your hotel room. Speciality shops are also here for fashion clothing, books, shoes, jewelry, toys, etc. The international food court has many choices of cuisine and you'll be sure to enjoy their live Hawaiian entertainment!
Become a certified Open Water...
Become a certified Open Water diver
For about US$300 you can become a certified Open Water diver in the space of two and a half days. This is a really great deal - I found out it costs about US$500 to do exactly the same thing in Waikiki, and I'm pretty sure I remember being quoted US$500 on the Big Island when I was there. If you aren't certified, you can still go diving on 'Discover Scuba' dives, like I did last year on the Big Island, but being cerified opens up a whole new world of deeper, more interesting dive opportunities.
If you have the time, and are interested, then go for it. You have to put in some work yourself reading the PADI dive manual beforehand, then spend two mornings doing fairly simple academic reviews and tests, and an afternoon in sheltered water doing 'pool work'. Don't worry, the book learning isn't rocket science! Then for two afternoons you go diving for real in the open sea, to practice the stuff you read about.
Round off completing your certification with a 'real' dive to Molokini, and you'll feel like you really accomplished something instead of just sitting around on the beach watching the surf!
Maui No Ka Oi
I've spent more time on the northwest side of Maui, so Lahaina is the closest town name for a jump off point. There is a lot more to that part of the island than Lahaina! I've visited several times over the past years and am beginning to have favorite activities aside from lying on the beaches. By the way, if you are looking for some light reading while lying on the beaches, try a compilation, edited by A. Grove Day, of "Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii". I have the paperback University of Hawaii Press, 1975, edition. The letters were written very early in Twain's career, but his talent for humor and descriptive writing is clear.