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Lahaina travel guide

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You're Going to Love Lahaina

Imagine a place where tropical sunshine mixes with gourmet food, where artists gather in a bohemian community, and surfers chase the perfect wave. There's a good chance you'll come up with somewhere like Lahaina, Maui's historic tourist gem.

Lahaina grew up as a fishing port, and many attractions still revolve around the sea. You can head out whale watching, climb into a wetsuit and grab a board, go diving at Molokini Crater, or just perfect your tan on the beach.

But there's more than just seaside attractions. Lahaina is jam-packed with great restaurants like Kimo's, the Lahaina Grill, or Fleetwood's (owned by rock star Mick Fleetwood). It's also an artistic community, with dozens of galleries selling works by locals.

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When to Visit Lahaina

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The best times to visit Maui are probably the shoulder seasons - April through May and September to November. You'll encounter fine weather without the high season crowds, and may well find accommodation bargains too. However, surfers might want to try January or February, when the waves are at their best.

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How to Get to Lahaina

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Where to Stay in Lahaina

If you choose to stay in Lahaina town (instead of basing yourself at nearby beach resorts), there are plenty of hotels to choose from, and standout options include the Lahaina Inn, the Best Western Pioneer Inn, and the Lahaina Shores Beach Resort. If you are all about the beaches, try hotels in Kaanapali like the Sheraton Resort or Maui Eldorado, both of which are about 10 minutes' drive from central Lahaina.

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Shopping Streets

If you are looking for Hawaiian souvenirs or high-quality local art, Lahaina is the place to go. Souvenir hunters will love Whaler's Village in Kaanapali or Lahaina Cannery Mall, while Sargent's Fine Art, Vladimir Kush, and Peter Lik are good places to pick up artworks (all are on Front Street). In fact, Front Street is the place to head if you love window shopping, with souvenir stores like Village Gift, jewelry vendors like Golden Beach, and plenty more to discover.

Groceries and Other

There aren't that many supermarkets in Lahaina, but Foodland on Front Street has an excellent selection of products, and the Island Grocery Depot on Kupuohi St is a good place to stock up on fruit and vegetables. Groceries aren't cheap, though, at around $6 for a gallon of milk and $4 for 12 eggs.

Where to Eat in Lahaina

Lahaina is one of Hawaii's gourmet capitals, and foodies will always have new options to explore. There's traditional open-air dining at Aloha Mixed Plate, cocktails and great sandwiches at Cheeseburger in Paradise, top-quality seafood at the Lahaina Fish Company, and exceptional meat dishes at the Lahaina Grill. After that, make time for a drink or two at Moose McGillicuddy's, Lahaina's premier evening hangout. Expect dining out to cost around $15-25 per head, or a little more at the finest places in town.

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