Lahaina is a town rich in history, picturesque beaches, and phenomenal food. 24 hours isn’t nearly enough time to discover all the island community has to offer, but our city guide hits on the essential destinations and hot spots that make Lahaina the unique town that it is today. From the best fish tacos, to the perfect swimming beaches, we’ve got you covered. Mahalo!
Grab breakfast at Sunrise Cafe
If you’re hungry when you get off the flight, head to Sunrise Cafe. The local hole in the wall is perfect for that authentic hawaiian breakfast you’ll be craving— eggs with Hawaiian Portuguese Sausage, fresh papaya and yogurt, or a smoked salmon benedict with maui onions. Eat to the sound of waves crashing, and watch the sunrise through the open air restaurant’s large, breezy windows. The beachy cafe sets the perfect mood for a day of fun and adventure.
Price: $6-15 per entre.
Stroll through Banyan Court Park
Just two blocks away from Sunrise Cafe, Banyan Park is one of the most fascinating natural landmarks in town. The park is the site of the old Lahaina fortress, built in 1831 when the town of Lahaina was still the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Now, a massive Banyan tree stretches through the park offering branches to climb and shade to lounge under. The ancient tree dates back 150 years, and is considered the oldest living Banyan tree on the island of Maui.
Go window shopping on Front Street
Front street acts as Lahaina’s “city center.” The oceanside avenue is home to surf shops, burger shacks, and art galleries. Wander local boutiques to pick up a Hawaiian souvenir, or order an ice cream from one of the small streetside cafes. Front Street is essential for experiencing the town’s lifestyle and culture.
Price: $7 for a souverier or ice cream.
Picnic at the Lahaina Jodo Mission
Enjoy the best fish tacos in town under Japanese lanterns and one of the largest Buddhist statues outside of Asia— order takeout from Maui Fish Market and head to the Jodo Mission for an afternoon picnic. Located just north of central Lahaina, the mission was built in 1931 to encourage the practice of Buddhism in the small town. With a towering bronze Buddha sculpture, and an authentic japanese style temple, the mission attracts visitors from across the island.
Price: $9 for two tacos, entry to mission is free.
Take a tour of the MauiGrown coffee fields
Continue north and you’ll find MauiGrown Coffee, a 500-acre estate specializing in a variety of Arabica coffee roasts. Take a self guided tour of the plantation, or stop into the MauiGrown Company Store to sample the island’s best coffee. The delicious dark Estate Blend is the perfect midday pick me up for the adventurous afternoon ahead.
Go swimming at Ka’anapali Beach
Throw a beach towel in your bag and head for the ocean. Ka’anapali is the ultimate Maui experience. Its white sand beaches and aquamarine water create the perfect swimming conditions, while its luxurious seaside resorts and condos make beachgoers feel like royalty. Wander the nearby Whalers Village to discover local shopping, phenomenal seafood, and live music. If you’re lucky, you may even come across some of Hawaii’s best hula dancers dazzling groups of shoppers with an impromptu performance.
Dinner and drinks at Lahaina Grill
Make your way back to central Lahaina for a meal at the acclaimed Lahaina Grill. A favorite among locals and tourists alike, the restaurant boasts some of the best food the town has to offer. Panko crusted chile relleno, Kona coffee roasted rack of lamb, and sauteed local mahi mahi are just a few of our favorites. With this epic menu, it’s no wonder the grill was voted one of the United State’s top 25 restaurants four times.
Price: $20-60 per entre, $10-20 for 2 drinks.
Watch the sunset in the harbor
Walk to the harbor and watch the sunset across the Pacific Ocean. The quaint seafront is the perfect place to finish an adventure filled day. Watch local fisherman tie up their boats, and surfers catch their last waves of the evening. What better way to end an epic trip than by hangin’ with the locals.
Total price for 24 hours of beachin: $52-$111.
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