If you're truly into finding out some history of the area, walk around town near the old baseball field (near Front Street). This old field used to be a pond that was part of the royal summer retreat in Lahaina, called 'Kamalu-ulu-o-lele'. This field butts up against the back of the old Waiola Church. In the side yard of the church are several old graves, including the crypts of Hawaiian royalty (and several of my relatives). It is interesting to read the gravestones and learn a little bit about old Hawaii. If you go a block closer to Wailuku, you'll see the old prison (on Prison Street!). This is where prisoners were kept as they awaited trial. I'll bet quite a few of the occupants were drunken sailors fresh off their whaling ships! Hmmm. I'll bet that's why I'm 1 / 64 English.
Lanai it is the only island of hawaii that you can go by ferry....it is a privet island own by Dole pinneaples now an exclusive resort have bought it and it is a golfers heavens...and a hikers hiden placer.
We took the ferry from Lahaina to Lana'i. We took the first ferry out at 6:45am and the waters were still and calm. Its a 45 minute ferry ride and the first ferrys out in the morning are not usually very crowded at all. There is a bathroom on the boat and you can sit inside or outside on top.
We booked the ferry with a jeep package. Which was about $170.00
Check out my Lanai pages for more info. We totally loved Lanai and cant wait to go back. Its no where near as busy as Lahaina and thats what some people love this place for and the same reason why other didnt care for it too much.
There are two 'off the beaten path' excursions I tried for the first time this February: One was a commercial venture and the other was relatively self directed. We signed up for a snorkel cruise to Molokini on a boat (Maui Magic out of Maalea Harbor, slip 55, www.mauimagicsnorkel.com) that advertised itself as 'Beyond Molokini''. They delivered on their promise! The cruise starts at 7:00 a.m. and ends at about Noon. The boat is fast, but stable and covers good distance in open water. The weather was not good ('A bad day in Maui is better than a good day at work!') for either boating or snorkeling, but the crew was prepared and provided parkas to ward off the spray and breeze. The captain took us along the southwest coastline past Wailea and La Perousse bay to the South side of Maui in the channel between the Big Island and Maui. This area of Maui is not accessible by normal vehicle or tourist. We were able to get quite close to the most recent lava flows that split La Perousse Bay about 200 years ago. It is very rugged and unusual terrain - far different from the usual image of Maui. We also made it to Molokini and other snorkel sites, but it was the 'beyond Molokini' part that made the trip worth every penny (this is also a good way to see whales and other marine life without going on a cruise that only does whale watching. (The whale watching takes less time, so there is a tradeoff there). The second 'off road' excursion was to do some hiking away from the shoreline. I bought a book to get some ideas, then picked out a few intriguing hikes. (A good place to start, which we had done previously, is to look in the paper for guided hikes in the rainforests of Haleakala, esp. in the Waikamoi preserve area. The Nature Conservancy and some affiliated groups offer some moderate to easy hikes through the area and are quite informative about the threats of non-native animals and plants to the island's well-being. These are not all through public areas, so call ahead for guided tours and respect the signs requesting 'No Trespass' - they are there for good reasons.) The two places we decided to see were the petroglyphs that are carved into a lava outcrop about a half mile behind the Olowalu General Store, on [formerly?] Pioneer Mill sugarcane property. This is an easy hike and worth the hour or so it takes to get there and back. The second place was the 'L' (for Lahainaluna High School) that you can see in the hill behind Lahaina (and to David Malo's grave which is at the peak of the hill above the 'L'. This is a difficult hike (goes up over 2,000 feet [around 700 meters?] from sea level) which will take about 3 -4 hours of vigorous hiking, much longer if you're not fit. On a good day, it would afford incredible panoramic views of the Northwest side of Maui, but the day we were there it was cloudy and raining at the top. I would not do it again, but David Malo and the 'L' are significant features of Lahaina's culture and history and it was worth one trip. On a clear day, it is likely to be hot and dry, so take plenty of water and some food. If you are interested in either of these hikes, there are hiking guides that can be purchased in the stores - the ones I looked at all had descriptions of both of these hikes among others that were more or less strenuous - including some that I wouldn't even call 'hikes'. The books all have the phone numbers you need to call to get permission to cross private land. One such book is 'Hiking Maui' by Robert Smith. However, Smith describes the 'L' as limestone. I didn't make a very close examination, but I doubt there is much limestone on that hill. It appeared to me to be 'limed' red dirt. He describes a slightly different route than we used (we had to start at the Lahainalune High School). The sugarcane fields are no longer used, and I can't imagine driving anything but a HumVee to the 'cattle pen' (which is more prominently marked by an old 'sham' cabin that was used as part of a movie set.)
Take a drive North on Hwy. 30, you'll see Honolua Bay and some awesome waves.
Also, in Lahaina stop by Dan's Greenhouse. You'll find anything from baby pot bellied pigs to plumeria plants. His plants are all certified to take back to the US Mainland.
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.
Well, this is not something one usually does on a usual basis, so I guess "Off the beaten track" is the closest category.
Lahaina, Maui was the greatest place - very quiet with the whole church nearly to ourselves the whole day.
A travelling couple we didn't even know stopped by and kindly dropped in to watch our ceremony!!!
You have to visit great State Park call Iao Valley with Iao Needle.On your way back to Lanikai stop in Maui Tropical Plantation. Great place.
Visit the statue of Buddha at the Jodo Mission
Admire the amazingly blue waters surrounding Maui from the Papawai Point lookout