Low Crime Rate?
I am not sure what the crime rate is in Lahaina but I can only assume that the bigger the police station, the higher the crime rate. With that said....I guess the crime rate in Lahaina is relatively low!
This could have something to do with the Aloha Spirit Law on my Oahu page.
There's a small theatre in...
There's a small theatre in Lahaina town that has a long running show called 'Ulalena'. I was coerced into going (peer pressure is a nasty thing), but was pleasantly surprised how well it was put on. Live actors and actresses recreate several Hawaiian legends with minimal vocal roles. It's kind of like a mini-Hawaiian Mystere or Cirque du Soleil. Well, not of that big a caliber, but I was impressed.
There are so many, it is good...
There are so many, it is good to save a few for the next trip! Snorkel or SCUBA. There are numerous beaches from Honolua Bay to Wailea and beyond. Check with a dive shop for tips on snorkeling - they can help match your swimming skills with the appropriate beaches. The dive shops are also a good source for aids to identify the fish. Once in the water, just relax and go with the flow. For shore entry beaches, Kapalua has about the easiest entry and greatest variety of fish close to the shore of any beach I have visited. You're not likely to see turtles there, though. North Kaanapali beach and Black Rock at Kaanapali are also good beaches for fish and encounters with turtles. Encountering a turtle underwater is an incredible and startling experience. They swim (glide) effortlessly and can appear out of nowhere, unless you are acutely aware. They glide gracefully to the surface and gently sink back to their resting place on the bottom, almost always at a 'head up' angle, resting their shell on the coral or other bottom feature. They are very adept at blending in when resting on the bottom, so be attentive to detail.
For good coral formations accessible from the shore, both North Beach and Olowalu are excellent. Olowalu beach is very shallow near the shore, so before you enter, walk up or down the beach looking for the green water leading out between the coral that indicates a coral free path to the deeper water and coral formations that project perpendicular from the shoreline. In February, 2001, I went further out (snorkeling) than I had previously done and saw a good variety of fish, spectacular coral, and a couple of turtles. Just pay attention to the 'landmarks' so you can find an easy path back in to the shoreline!
These are all accessible shorline snorkeling sites, with beaches good enough for warming up and relaxing between forays into the water. The dive shops can provide access to other less frequented sites for both snorkeling and for SCUBA. Molokini is accessible only by boat, but it is one of the best dive sites in the islands. Unfortunately, the snorkel and cruise concessions know this, so it is almost always crowded there. NOTE: Before you plan a day at Olowalu beach, be aware that it does not have 'amenities'.
Rent a car and drive the Road...
Rent a car and drive the Road to Hana. Most travel guides will tell you about nature´s beauty along the road (jungle, waterfalls, etc), but the actual adventure is the ride. There are about 600 bends, narrow, one-lane bridges and drivers that care about nothing.
This road will take you to the village of Hana. Continue on the road, and you´ll reach the Oheo Gulch with its natural pools. If you like, you can bathe in one of the pools (together with hundreds of tourists), or you hike uphill for some peace and quiet.
Lahaina, Maui Page
Lahaina, located on the northwest shore of Maui, used to be the capital city of the state of Hawaii, before the capital was moved to Honolulu on Oahu. This is an old whaling town, where sailors came to shore to restock their ships, trade in whale teeth and other items, and get some R&R. The name "Lahaina" is comprised of two words: "La" means "Sun", and "Haina" means "Cruel". The town of Lahaina is usually baked by the sun, thus earning it's name of "Cruel Sun".