Found on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Lahaina is a beautiful town known for its beaches, art galleries, and popular restaurants. It also has a rich history — did you know it was the state’s capital from 1820 to 1845? Take a look at this itinerary so you can make your Lahaina trip one to remember.

Early Morning: Fuel up Hawaiian Style

Start your day right and stop by one of the city’s many delicious breakfast places. 808 Grindz Cafe serves typical breakfast fare with a tropical twist. The Kalua-Pork Hash is an eggs Benedict with pork patties. The Rainbow French Bread gets its colorful hues from guava and taro root. The most popular menu item, however, is the stack of macadamia nut pancakes with “mac-nilla” sauce.

If you’d rather play with your food, stop by Slappy Cakes. You’ll get a griddle at your table so you can make your own customized pancakes. Choose your batter, select ingredients like chocolate chips or fresh mango, and get started. Bacon lovers should order the candied bacon on the side.

Black rock beach
The Black rock Beach in Lahaina.

Morning: Go Whale Watching

Every December, pods of humpback whales travel to the Hawaiian waters to breed, give birth, and raise their young. You’re highly likely to spot the whales because adults must surface for air every 10 to 15 minutes, and calves surface every three to five minutes. You can view them from shore or board a cruise ship to get as close as 100 yards. The peak season is January to early April.

Not interested in spotting whales? Spend your morning at another local attraction like the Whales Village Museum or the Punakea Palms Coconut Farm. You can also get in some shopping on Front Street. Visit art galleries such as Costantino Studio or Maui On Metal. To find deals on clothing and gifts, check out The Outlets of Maui.

Noon: Stuff Yourself With Delicious Food

It’s time to satiate your appetite! Seafood lovers should check out Honu Seafood and Pizza. Located on Front Street, this restaurant provides an unobstructed view of the ocean while you eat. Popular dishes include the ahi bruschetta, crab macaroni and cheese, and ahi Bolognese. The seats fill up quickly, so it’s a good idea to make reservations.

Maybe you’re craving dessert more than an actual lunch. In that case, head over to Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop on Otowalu Village Road. It serves lunch items like salads, burgers, sandwiches, and savory pot pies. What it’s known for, though, is the pies. This restaurant gets rave reviews for its desserts. If you don’t know what to try, go with the passion fruit pie.

Banyan court park
The Banyan Tree at Banyan Court Park in Lahaina.

Afternoon: Explore the City

Even if you’re not a history buff, you should check out a few historical sites around the city. The most famous landmark is the Banyan Tree. It covers an entire acre, making it the largest banyan tree in the state. If you’re visiting Lahaina in December, you can view the annual tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2 and 3.

Other sites worth visiting include the old prison, the old fort, the Hale Aloha Church, and the sacred Hauola Stone. You can do a self-tour or find a guide at the Lahaina Visitor Center.

Dinner: Sit Down and Relax

You’ve been on your feet all day. Sit down and relax at a great restaurant. For fine dining, stop by Lahaina Grill. It has a classy atmosphere with its fine china table settings and collection of local artwork. Choose from options like porcini-portobello mushroom ravioli, filet mignon, or oven-roasted chicken.

For something a little more casual, go to Aloha Mixed Plate. This restaurant serves traditional Hawaiian fare alongside Korean and Chinese dishes. You’ll find kimchi, Korean-style ribs, tofu stir-fry, and fried noodles on the menu. When ordering appetizers, get the coconut prawns with pineapple chutney.

Sugarcane train
The Sugarcane Train in Lahaina.

Evening: Take in a Show

One of the best performances in Lahaina is Warren & Annabelle’s Magic Show. The host specializes in sleight-of-hand magic tricks and regularly brings in guest performers. Every magician is an expert in the field. Depending on when you visit, you may see John Shryock, who appeared on the TV show “Masters of Illusion.” The comedy magician Chris Blackmore also performs regularly — he used to put on shows at Walt Disney World.

Lahaina is a wonderful place to visit whether you want to relax on the beach as much as possible or check off a long list of things to do. Make the most of your trip by booking your hotel, flight, and more at GoDoTrip.