Close your eyes for a minute and picture paradise. Yep, you’re definitely thinking of Lahaina. With beautiful beaches, lush parks, and opportunities for adrenaline-pumping fun and relaxation alike, this Maui destination is just what you’ve been dreaming of. Get to know Lahaina and start planning your Maui getaway.

Your Lahaina Itinerary

From hiking up a storm to relaxing on the beach and kicking back at a luau, a day in Lahaina won’t disappoint. Grab your swimsuit, your hiking shoes, some sunscreen, and an appetite.

Dawn: Fuel Up for an Active Day

From coffee to acai bowls, Lahaina has what you need to start your day on the right foot. For a classic Lahaina breakfast, go to 808 Grindz Café, which pours great coffee and serves incredible breakfasts. Feeling savory? You need the Loco Moco with fried rice, gravy, spam, and a couple of fried eggs on top. Thinking sweet? The macadamia nut pancakes with signature Mac-Nilla sauce are the stuff of legends. Just make sure you get here when 808 Grindz opens at 7 a.m., or you can expect a wait.

Have something a little healthier in mind? Head over to Baya Bowls, a colorful food truck that specializes in acai bowls packed with fresh, nutritious goodness. Get yours packed with fresh bananas and papaya, topped with coconut and granola, and finished off with a little fresh peanut butter. If you’re looking for something grab-and-go, check out the green smoothies. You’ll be ready for a day in Maui without feeling too weighed down.

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The Kapalua Coastal Trail.

Morning: Hike Maui

You’ll be totally blown away by the green, rocky landscapes near Lahaina, so get an early start and explore some of the area’s gems. First, head over to Iao Valley State Park, a 4,000-acre space with lush landscapes and the iconic Iao Needle rock feature in the middle. Hike the Needle Lookout Trail, the Ethnobotanical Loop, or the Iao Needle Lookout Trail, and be sure to read the plaques along the way to get a sense of the events that took place here and shaped the history of Hawaii.

Next, head over to the West Maui Forest Reserve for one of the most epic hikes on the island. The Waihee Ridge Trail loop is just under 5 miles long and offers breathtaking views of the rainforest, waterfalls, the Pacific, and even the other side of the island. It’s the perfect trail for Instagram shots. While this is a moderately difficult hike, you don’t have to worry about breaking out in a sweat here, since the weather tends to be cool and windy.

Noon: Get Your Fill of Fresh Fish

Seafood lovers, get ready to fall completely for Lahaina’s fresh fish. You’ll find it on virtually every menu in this island paradise, but if you want to try the best of the best, make a beeline for one of these legendary spots.

Located in the center of town, Lahaina Fish might not look like much from the outside, but gorgeous ocean views and amazing food await inside. Get things started with the calamari, then try the ahi tuna tacos or the macadamia-encrusted mahi-mahi. You’ll rave about the bread and salted butter, and you won’t want to miss the daily mai tai special, either.

Nestled right around the corner from Lahaina Banyan Court, Paia Fish Market Lahaina has some of the tastiest fish and chips around. If you’re with a group, get some of the mahi-mahi and chips, opa tacos, and fried shrimp, and don’t hesitate to share.

For some of the best Mexican-Hawaiian fusion in Lahaina, head to Ono Tacos. This little hole in the wall serves amazing fish tacos, shrimp burritos, and tacos al pastor. It’s the perfect place to grab a quick bite and avoid that “hangry” feeling after hiking or snorkeling.

The Kannapali Beach in Lahaina.

Afternoon: Hit the Beach

Just want to enjoy the sun and sand around Maui? Take your pick from the many stretches of sand near Lahaina. Kaanapali Beach is one of the biggest and most popular spots, with three miles of space to soak up the sunshine, go for a swim, or do a little surfing.

Nearby, Launiupoko Beach tends to be a little quieter, making it a great place for surfing, paddling, and picnicking without the crowds. If you want a spot that’s even quieter, check out Baby Beach, which is just north of the commercial development in Lahaina. This super chill spot has a great stretch of sand, calm waters, and a perfectly relaxing atmosphere.

Late Afternoon: Experience Lahaina

Whether you want to dig into history or do a little shopping, Lahaina has tons to offer. You’ll definitely want to start by checking out Banyan Tree Park, which is in the center of it all and home to the oldest banyan tree on the island. The gorgeous and massive tree is almost 150 years old and has plenty of shade to offer. If you’re lucky, you’ll also catch one of the events that takes place here, like the bimonthly Art in the Park.

Dig into more of the local history with a walk on the Lahaina Historical Trail or with a trip to the Plantation Museum or the Lahaina Heritage Museum. Since Lahaina was once the Hawaiian Kingdom’s capital city, there’s a ton of fascinating history to discover here.

Round out the afternoon with a stroll up Front Street. This is where you’ll find all of Lahaina’s best surf shops and souvenir boutiques, and it’s an easy way to spend the afternoon.

Evening: It’s Luau Time

Tell anyone you’re going to Maui, and they’ll tell you that you can’t leave without checking out a luau. While you’ll find these evening meal and dance parties all over the island, the Old Lahaina Luau is one of the best and most traditional, which is especially great if it’s your first time learning about Hawaiian culture.

The best thing about the Old Lahaina Luau is that it’s both dinner and a show, so you’ll start by digging into Hawaiian classics like fresh mahi-mahi, roasted pork, and mashed taro. Then sit back and enjoy the show, which includes music, dancing, and fire performances.

Don’t wait too long to book your ticket for this classic Hawaiian experience, though. Tickets can sell out months in advance. Yep, it’s that popular.

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The Sugarcane Train.

Kahului Airport Guide

When you’re booking your trip to Maui, nine times out of 10, you’ll get a ticket to Kahului Airport (OGG), the island’s main air travel hub. This busy airport serves about a dozen airlines, including Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Mokulele Airlines, and Virgin America. Most flights serve domestic destinations like Honolulu, Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Phoenix. But if you want to travel between Maui and Vancouver or Calgary, WestJet and Air Canada Rouge have you covered.

How to Get to and From Kahului Airport

You’ll have tons of options for getting to and from OGG. Head to the taxi stand for a hassle-free ride to your Lahaina destination or get a ride via your ride-hailing app of choice. If you’re planning to road trip around the island, this is also a convenient spot to rent a car. You’ll find all the major car rental counters here.

Prefer to let someone else do the driving? The Maui Bus offers one of the most budget-friendly ways to get to and from OGG. You can hop on the 35 or 40 bus at the airport, and then transfer to the 20 bus to get into Lahaina. Check the Maui Bus schedule to confirm bus times.

The Lighthouse in Lahaina.

What to Do at Kahului Airport

Want to fuel up before your flight? Grab a pizza or a salad at California Pizza Kitchen, a Whopper and fries at Burger King, or some high-end hot dogs at Frankly Gourmet. If you have a little more time to kill and want to grab one last drink with a mini cocktail umbrella, sit down at Stinger Ray’s Tropical Bar and Grill, which specializes in Hawaiian fusion dishes like tropical shrimp or grilled chicken, along with island-inspired drinks.

If you’re looking for a snack on the go or a quick souvenir, you have options, too. Pick up a Maui T-shirt at Pineapple Country, some island-themed souvenirs at Kahului Trading Co., and a quick snack at the Old Plantation Store.

Alternatives to Kahului Airport

OGG is the largest and least expensive gateway to Maui, but it isn’t your only option. Kapalua Airport (JHM) is closer to Lahaina and offers inter-island service. This tiny airport serves just two airlines, Mokulele Airlines and ‘Ohana by Hawaiian, and offers flights to and from nearby island destinations like Honolulu and Molokai from JHM.

Don’t expect anything fancy at this airport, as it has just a handful of departure gates and snack machines for sustenance. But when you’re looking for convenience and easy access to the rest of Hawaii, Kapalua delivers.

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The Lahaina Jodo Mission.

Where to Stay in Lahaina

No matter your accommodation style, you’ll find the perfect place to stay in Lahaina. From luxury resorts to lively hostels to private rentals, this island paradise has just what you’re looking for.

Top Hotels in Lahaina

Maui is all about romance, which makes it the ideal destination for a getaway with that special someone. For a memorable stay, book a room at one of these ultra-romantic spots in Lahaina.

Looking for a hotel with the best stretch of sand? The Royal Lahaina Resort is perched on one of the quieter parts of the coast, which means you can look forward to relaxing sunbathing sessions, great snorkeling, and beautiful rooms.

Check out Lahaina Shores Beach Resort, too. This waterfront spot has condo-style accommodations with full kitchens, a pool, a hot tub, and all the Wi-Fi you need to keep everyone updated with Instagram stories.

Don’t want to stay right on the beach? Located in the heart of Lahaina, the Plantation Inn is a quiet spot with fewer than 20 rooms, a breezy courtyard, and a French restaurant. Whether you start your day with breakfast by the pool or end it with a candlelit dinner, you’ll love this romantic spot.

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The Old Lahaina Courthouse.

Best Hostels in Lahaina

Planning a girls’ trip or guys’ weekend on Maui? Save yourself a few bucks and dig into the island’s social scene at one of Lahaina’s best hostels.

Looking for an awesome place to stay near surfer hangouts like Break Wall? Check out the brand new Lahaina Beach House, which has private rooms, dorm rooms, and girls-only rooms to suit your needs. Chill out on the sun deck, smell the flowers in the garden, or soak in the gorgeous views. This hostel is just steps from the beach, shops, and restaurants, so everything is at your fingertips.

If you’re looking to add some tiki flavor to your Maui getaway, book your stay at the Tiki Beach Hostel. With its tiki garden setting, outdoor shower, and proximity to the beach, this hostel has it all. This social spot even has all the ocean gear you need for a fun day at the beach, including surfboards, snorkeling equipment, and boogie boards.

When you want to immerse yourself in that easygoing Maui lifestyle, Hakuna Matata Hostel is a great pick. Choose from mixed dorms or girls-only dorms and take advantage of the common areas, including a kitchen and an outdoor living room. Grab a surfboard or a kayak and hit the beach!

Coolest Private Rentals in Lahaina

Whether you’re planning to stay for a couple days or for a whole week, private rentals help you settle in and feel like you live on Maui. In Lahaina, you’ll need to choose between apartments on the beach and flats in the Front Street area. Both have the potential to be amazing, but apartments or homes will give you more of a taste of local flavor. Beachfront rentals will make you feel like a true beach babe, especially when you can just open the front door and walk a few steps to the water.

From gorgeous beaches to stunning landscapes to delicious food, Lahaina has it all. Plan every aspect of your stay on GoDoTrip and get ready for an unforgettable trip to paradise.