Walk Around LahainaMaui

Day or night, exploring LAHAINA on foot is a unique experience, one where you’ll find HISTORIC SITES and MODERN HANGOUTS dotting the landscape of this FAMOUS PORT CITY.

HALE PA‘AHAO, an old stone jail that stands at the corner of Waine‘e and Prison streets, has a colorful past. Built in 1852, it once was the site where drunken sailors were reprimanded for disorderly conduct.

WAINE‘E CHURCH on Shaw Street is another historic landmark. Built between 1828 and 1832, it was the first stone church constructed in Hawai‘i. The church has been rebuilt several times after having been destroyed by fires and a whirlwind. When the church was again rebuilt in 1953, it was renamed WAIOLA, “THE WATER OF LIFE.” It is still standing today.

After a day of taking in Lahaina’s history, explore the city’s cool NIGHT SCENE. Fine-dining restaurants, oceanfront bars and casual eateries serve island-themed dishes with a lively dose of music and dancing.

The charm and character of Lahaina is most visible along FRONT STREET. In fact, this historic corridor has been named one of America’s “10 Great Streets” by the American Planning Association (APA), under the organization’s Great Places in America program. The group noted Front Street’s “wooden storefronts, second-story balconies, public parks, art galleries, eateries, residential quarters” as part of what makes Front Street exemplify “everything that makes Lahaina, Lahaina.” Also noted were the views of the WEST MAUI MOUNTAINS and “an archaeological site dating to the year 700.”

Maps and guides are available at LAHAINA VISITORS CENTER (648 Wharf St.) and at the LAHAINA RESTORATION FOUNDATION, at the corner of Front and Dickenson streets.