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!
Bike down Haleakala. You get to see one of the most beautiful sunrises, then you cruise down this ancient volcano, the operative words are 'cruise down'! You do hardley any peddaling and you are able to see some of Maui's microclimates.
Also, a sunset cruise on the Kapalua Kai. They leave right from Kaanapali Beach and take you out on a huge catamaran to watch the sunset. The crew is very friendly and from Dec.-Apr., you'll probably see humpback whales.
Whalers Village is an outdoor shopping mall with a large variety of shops and restaurants right off of Kaanapali Beach. The shops include many brands you already know such as : Coach, Tommy Bahama, Sephore and PacSun. They also have local Hawaiian Brands such as Maui Divers Jewelry, ABC, Tori Richard and Na Hoku. In particular, I liked the open air setting along with the nice fountains throughout the area. The fountains had a nice ocean theme to them with sculptures of whales and fish.
As for restaurants you'll find a nice array: Hula Grill, Leilaini's, Maui Fish & Pasta and a food court as well. My wife and I enjoyed some drinks and dessert at the Hula Grill and Dinner at Leilaini's.
The mall also has the Whalers Village Museum that provides some history of the area.
This restored home from the 1830’s is made of cut lava rock (two feet thick). It was home to the medical missionary Dr. Reverend Dwight Baldwin, his wife and eight children, until 1868. Period furniture is the showcase of this museum, which is maintained by the Lahaina Restoration Society.
It was hard not to imagine Rev. Hale from James Michner's Hawaii living here instead!
The Atlantis is an actual submarine in which you can ride through Maui's tropical reefs. From the wharf at Lahaina, a small ferry shuttles passengers out to open water for a rendezvous with the Atlantis . The passengers then board the submarine and descend up to 100 feet below the surface for a good close look at Maui's marine life in their natural environment.
Front Street remains the main thoroughfare for Lahaina. Front Street was once a rowdy place back in the whaling days; full of taverns and some undesirables but that was a long time ago. Front Street now is full of restaurants, bars, shops, art galleries and some historic sites.
My wife and I enjoyed walking along Front Street, exploring some shops, getting a bite to eat and seeing some of the historic builings. Many areas of Front Street are waterfront and have beautiful views of the crystal blue water.
The historic downtown Lahaina is host to an abundance of restaurants, shops, restaurants, and galleries. It is a great place to go for a meal, as many fine places to dine can be found in downtown Lahaina. Some of the restaurants have a second story that is open air. The open air establishments are pleasant while also offering views of the streets below. Live entertainment can be found downtown. This old part of town also offers several historic sights and buildings. Downtown is a fantastic place for a walk, day or night.
The Master’s Reading Room is one of the historic sites in Lahaina. The building was constructed in 1834 with lava rocks ane coral bricks. The purpose of this building was a place for sea captains to come and read local newspapers, publications and have a place to write. The lower level of the building was a store room and the upper level was for captains and officers.
The building still stands today in perfect condition thanks to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation who uses the building as a meeting place.
Haleakala mountain is a most in the island the bike down hill is a very excelerating rush you will ever have...a most. there is a lot of companys that sale the tour...arround 50$ with a sun rise and breakfast.
I love "playing" on Maui there is so much verity from scuba diving to riding a horse down into a volcano. What a great place. A really good website with lots of tips on fun activities on Maui is www.GetLostInMaui.com
Not far from the tourist traffic of downtown Lahaina is the peaceful oasis of the Jodo Buddhist mission. Here the 12 ft tall bronze Buddha overlooks a serene courtyard facing the Pacific Ocean. A few meters away is the gracefully tall pagoda, which faces a large temple bell. Across the street is an old Japanese cemetery, and a few steps down the road is the beach. This is a nice place to take a break and take in the atmosphere of what seems to be old Japan.
Halloween in Lahaina is insane! We went during that time because we heard it was one of the top five places in the world to go for Halloween. It was a really wild and fun time. The streets and venues along the beach were completely flooded with thousands of people in the most elaborate and diverse costumes imaginable. The creativity and the energy and the sheer numbers of people were very impressive.
Before the Whalers and Missionaries arrived in Maui; there were the Chinese Immigrants. These immigrants banded together to preserve their culture with the formation of the Wo Hing Society. This group built two-story temple on Front Street. The building served as a fraternal and social meeting hall. It housed a sacred altar room on the second floor for religious ceremonies.
In the 1940's many of the immigrants relocated to Oahu for better employement opportunities and the Wo Hing temple fell into direpair. In 1983, Lahaina Restoration foundation restored the house to its former look. It is now used as a museum to Chinese culture.
My wife and i passed by this museum while we were walking on Front Street. Unfortunately it was too early in the morning for it to be open to visitor's but definitely next time.
You can hike right down into the crater (wear warm clothing). Depending on your physical condition, you can walk for hours.
The colours and the fact that there are very few people make this acitivity very attractive!
If you have no car of your own, you can book a downhill biking spree. They will collect you at your hotel, take you up the mountain - and off you go on your rented bike, neatly in a group, with a stop here and there.
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