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Lahaina is the second most visited place in Maui- and for good reasons. Lahaina has a wonderful combination of natural scenic beauty, rich culture, and a good serving of Hawaiian history in its sunny shores. In Lahaina, you can head to the beach, be captivated by the beauty of its natural scenes and marine life, visit the different historical attractions, and immerse yourself in the local art and culture. Because of these, Lahaina is one of the best places to explore in the island of Maui. If you’re wondering what Lahaina can offer to tourists and visitors, below are some of the places that you can explore during your visit to Lahaina.
 
Maui Island is the ideal location if you are looking for a relaxing, tropical getaway, the gorgeous white-sand coves and palm trees that sway gracefully in the wind create a wonderful ambiance that is soothing to the soul. If you are feeling stressed or anxiety-ridden, Maui is the perfect therapy for you. If you are in a pleasant state of mind or perfectly content, Maui is the perfect cruise destination for you, too!
 
Lahaina is a town on the western end of the island of Maui, Hawaii that abounds with restaurants, night clubs, and souvenir shops. Because the western end of Maui is a popular vacation destination, tourism is important to Lahaina. Most tourists, however, eschew Lahaina during the day, choosing instead the beaches of Kaanapali; but life in Lahaina after sunset is quite active.

The surrounding seas are a beautiful turquoise, and the majestic jungles are truly something to behold. Two and a half million people visit Maui annually, making it the second most popular Hawaiian location behind Waikiki. Travel and Leisure magazine has rated Maui as their number one island to enjoy a splendid vacation in past years. Even though it is a lot more crowded and bustling than Hawaii, Maui offers activities and sights that are unique to each particular region on the island and can not be seen anywhere else on earth.
 
Maui is a total of 727 square miles of sheer wonder. Three peaks on the island are over a mile high each, and hundreds of waterfalls create a picturesque atmosphere that is absolutely breathtaking. The two most impressive volcanoes on the island are Haleakala, which stands 10,023 feet, and Puu Kukui at 5,788 feet. Maui also features over 120 miles of fantastic coastline, and nearly eighty miles of beaches, complete with soft, golden-white sand. The locals on the island are accustomed to year-round tourism, and luckily, they embrace their island guests. This may be in part because many of them are extremely adept at profiting from just-landed travelers, but they are pleasant nonetheless.
 
With all its beauty and tranquility, it's a wonder that so many visitors to Maui come away with as many once-in-a-lifetime experiences as they do. Many would be perfectly content lying on the beach all day, but the exciting surroundings and energy of Maui often motivate tourists to bike for miles, take helicopter trips over active volcanoes, and windsurf for hours at a time. From deserts and rain forests to hiking and golf, the amazing island of Maui has it all.
 
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships dock at the Kahului Harbor in Maui. From there, many transportation options are at your fingertips to get your on your way.
 
Although there are a number of cruise ships that visit the island of Maui we have focused primarily here on the Pride of America cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Lines because they are the ones that arrive most frequently on the island and on a yearly basis carry the most people. All the tours we have listed below in our Cruise Ship Activity Finder are specific to the Pride of America Cruise. Many of these same tours may be applicable as shore excursions for other cruise line companies but you will need to call us for exact details as the various boats offer completely different schedules and are not always in exact alignment with shore excursion timing.
 
An additional number of tours and activities are available to you while you are docked in Kahului but will require a rent-a-car to drive to the event. Following is a list of tours that fall into this category. You can book these tours online or over the phone but a rent-a-car must be booked at the same time so you will be able to drive to the departure point of the activity. Please indicate when you make a tour booking that you would like  to arrange for a car.
 
(Overnight Parking: If you are planning to rent a car on arrival of the cruise ship schedule so you can catch an early tour in the morning you will need to park your rent-a-car near the ship. There is a free parking lot very close to the ship you can park in. Often the lot becomes full and then the best thing to do is ask the security guards at the pier to direct you to the best areas to park on the street.)
 
Get around
Front Street.Lahaina is very compact, and easily explored on foot. If driving, it is advisable to park one's car and walk. There are a couple of free parking locations, but most charge a nominal fee. In some places, stores can validate your parking ticket. Front Street is the main thoroughfare of Lahaina, where most popular places are located.

Maui Car Rental 866-344-7612 Maui Car Rental Car rentals on Maui. Locations at Kahului Airport OGG, Kapalua Airport JHM and Kihei/Wailea.
 
Taxi services are prevalent on Maui, and service is available 24 hours. Alii Cab Co. (808/661-3688) and Maui Central Cab (808/244-7278) can assist you with all your taxi needs. If you are feeling adventurous and want to rent a moped or scooter, contact Toy Cars, located at 640 Front St. (888/628-4227, www.maui.net/~toystore/bike10.htm). If you want to rent a car while in Maui, which most tourists opt to do, contact Alamo (800/327-9633) or Avis (800/321-3712) for more information.
 
Local Interests
Hiking on Maui is tremendous fun, and the best company to contact if you wanted to go on a guided hike is Maui Hiking Safaris (888/445-3963, www.mauihikingsafaris.com). The territory on Maui is incredibly diverse, making each hike fun-filled and unique. Once you choose the hike that's right for you, rest assured that the full-day hikes will provide you with an ample workout. Haleakala National Park is a great place to hike and explore if you are on your own, or you can opt to go on a guided hike here as well. Descriptions and details can be obtained by calling (808/572-4400, www.nps.gov/hale).
 
Both golf and tennis are popular with locals as well as tourists. These sports offer exercise and a break from the beach life, if you need a break, that is. The golf courses and tennis courts are in top condition, and most of the greens are set on wonderfully picturesque landscapes. Kapalua Resort Courses in Kapalua (877/KAPALUA, www.kapaluamaui.com) is perhaps the most scenic location for golf on Maui. The two favorite courses here are the Village Course and the Bay Course. Arnold Palmer himself designed both of these courses, so you can be sure they are upper-echelon spots. A favorite place for tennis on the island is the Wailea Tennis Club located at 131 Wailea Iki Place (808/879-1958, www.wailea-resort.com).
 
The Maui Ocean Center is located at 192 Maalaea Rd. (808/270-7000, www.mauioceancenter.com) and features the biggest aquarium in all of Hawaii. The sharks and rare fish are fascinating to watch, and the corridor inside the Ocean Center is enclosed on three sides by a giant tank full of marine life.
 
Things to de and see

Maui Downhill Haleakala Summit Sunrise Tour - How would you like to see one of the most spectacular sunrises you will ever see, and then partake in a relaxing and fun 38-mile “all downhill” bike ride? You can do exactly that on this tour, which combines these two choice activities into one unforgettable day. For starters, you’ll be brought up over 10,000 feet to Haleakala’s summit, where you will have a continental breakfast and gaze upon the most astounding sunrise you will ever see. After taking in the astounding views, you’ll coast down the gentle curves and slopes of the mountain on a relaxing, fun-filled bike adventure. This tour can be done on the 2nd day you are in Maui. Check in is early in order to see the beautiful sunrise.
Haleakala Value Mid-Day at 6500 Ft – This tour can also be done on the second day you are in Maui and check in is 7:15 am Atlantis Submarine tour in Maui - Come see the secrets that Maui’s waters hold when you take this once-in-a-lifetime journey. The air-conditioned Atlantis is the world’s most advanced passenger submarine, and every seat is a front row seat. You’ll be mesmerized as you witness the watery world of exotic tropical fish and colorful coral gardens. Check in is in Lahaina which is around 35 minutes away.
 
Ulalena Maui Theatre - You’ll be captivated by the newest and most amazing stage production in Hawaii. Thrill to the mythic story of the creation of the islands and the waves of voyagers who have found their way to these shores. This is a unique and compelling story of Hawaiian lore, one you won’t soon forget
Maui Helicopter Tours – There are several helicopter options while in Maui. We recommend the tours in
 
Kahului, Maui, where you will port. Check in for these helicopter tours are at the Kahului airport.
*Please choose from the helicopter tours below for more information.
Sunshine Helicopters Molokai Deluxe – This is a great 60 to 65 minute flight that checks in at the
Kahului Heliport, Hanger #107, North Maui.

Sunshine Helicopters Grand Circle Deluxe - See it all when on this Maui helicopter tour that combines the West Maui Deluxe and the Hana / Haleakala Special. Check in is at the Kahului Heliport.
Sunshine Helicopters Hana Haleakala Special 45 minutes - Views of Haleakala's magnificent crater, travel through Maui's most remote areas with views of Hana Town, the Seven Pools, see coastline waterfalls and world famous Ho'okipa windsurfing beach.
Sunshine Helicopters West Maui Helicopter Tour – On this 30 minute tour you will discover incredible wonders as you explore the lush West Maui Mountains. If you want to take advantage of the Early Bird specials offered on some of these Maui helicopter tours, you will need to choose the date you depart Maui.
Maui Luaus – There are some fantastic luaus in Maui. We recommend that you rent a car. There are many things to do in Lahaina and Ka'anapali Beach, which is the location of the luaus in Maui.  You will need to go to the Luau on the day you arrive in Maui.
 
Golf: Maui is home to world-class golf courses, many overlooking the ocean. The natural beauty that surrounds you might even inspire a better golf game. You can book a round via your cruise ship's shore-excursion desk or consider these options: Kapalua Resort (877-527-2582) or Wailea Golf Club (888-328-MAUI).
 
Iao Valley State Park: This heritage site is home to the 1,200-foot Iao Needle, a rock outcropping covered in greenery set in the lush green Iao Valley. Paved trails take you to the viewpoint. After you've snapped your photos, you can learn from interactive exhibits in the visitor center or take a walk in the rainforest. (Located at the end of Iao Valley Road/Highway 32 in central Maui; open d7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily).
 
Hiking and Eco-Tours: Try a hike or eco-tour for an up-close-and-personal exploration of Maui's rainforests or Haleakala Crater. There are many easy hikes on the island that culminate with a waterfall viewing; wear your swimsuit and cool off in the crystalline water at the waterfall's base. Other hikes can be more vigorous and even include a sea kayak component. For guided adventures, consider Hike Maui (808-879-5270 or 866-324-6284), or for scenic tours with a photography focus, try Photo Safari Hawaii (888-565-3185). Piiholo Ranch (808-270-8750) offers zip-line and canopy tours for a bit more adrenaline.
 
Horseback Riding: While most visitors journey up Haleakala in cars, perhaps daring to bike back down, a more unusual way to explore the volcano is on horseback. Options include descending Sliding Sands Trail to the crater floor or an easier excursion crossing at Haleakala Ranch. Try Pony Express Tours (808-667-2200). If you're just prefer a country ride with views of Haleakala, check out Piiholo Ranch (808-270-8750).
Lahaina Harbor
A visit to Lahaina would not be complete until you have gazed upon the gentle giants of the oceans—the humpback whales. As Lahaina was a major whaling port in the past, you will have a great view of the whales in their natural habitat. You can even see them from the shore. But if you want to get up close and personal, you can also get a whale viewing tour from the harbor. The harbor is also a place for great food with a great view as there are plenty of seaside restaurants that can give you the freshest catch of the day.
 
Culture and history
Lahaina has several historical sights and attractions for visitors. This is because the town has gone through a lot of changes over the century, from being the capital of the Hawaii Kingdom, to being a whaling town, to becoming a plantation settlement, and to its present state. Because of this, Lahaina is on the National Register of Historic Places. In Lahaina, there are lots of places to tell you about Hawaii’s past and culture.
 
Lahaina Historic Trail
This trail will lead you through the historic places within the town of Lahanai. For example, you can look at the old mission houses built for the protestant missionaries, or check out the Hale Paahao, the jailhouse for sailors during the whaling era. This is a self-guided tour, so it’s more exciting to explore and discover the area for yourself. Look through the different historic buildings to learn more about how the town has changed through each era until its present state. You can get guides of the place from the Lahaina Visitor Center.
 
The Banyan Tree
If you want to experience a real tree canopy, then you need to see the Banyan Tree in Lahaina. When they say large, that would be an understatement as the tree covers a whole city block. Its branches reach up to 2/3 of an acre, and so, this location is a great place to stroll and walk under the shade while marveling at the tree’s great size and reach. The Banyan Tree is also one of the largest in the US, and perhaps one of the oldest. The tree was imported from India, and was planted in 1873. The Banyan Tree is also the spot where you can see great Hawaiian art. Every second and fourth weekend of the month, an arts festival is held at the roots of this great tree. You can find original artworks and handicrafts during the festival, and you can grab souvenirs from there as well.
 
Lahaina Art Galleries
If you’re really into the arts, then the Lahaina Art Galleries is a must-see. Offering about 40 art galleries for you to visit and look at, Lahaina has become one of the well-known centers of art in the US. In the galleries you can find paintings, sculptures, jewelries, and ceramics made by local artists. This is another great place to shop for authentic Hawaiian products and souvenirs. Some of the galleries that you can visit are the Old Jail Gallery, Village Galleries, and Martin Lawrence Galleries. Aside from artworks, you can also find antique items such as maps and prints that dates back to the 17th century.
 
Lahaina Jodo Mission
For a glimpse of the multi-ethnicity of Hawaii, you should visit the Lahaina Jodo Mission. The mission is a replica of a Japanese Buddhist Temple, and has one of the largest Buddha statues outside of Asia. The bronze statue measures twelve feet high, and is about three and a half tons in weight. The statue was erected in 1968 as a commemorative marker for the centennial of the Japanese immigrants’ arrival upon the shores of Hawaii. Aside from the temple, you can also look at its gardens, and relax in its serene atmosphere.
 
Front Street
If you want be in the most happening place in Lahaina, then Front Street is it. Packed with lots of restaurants, shopping establishments, and art galleries, you can find plenty of things to do. And of course, you can’t forget the luau. If you want to experience an authentic Hawaiian luau, then Front Street has the Old Lahaina Luau and the Royal Lahaina Resort Luau to give you a fine Hawaiian feast with complimentary Hawaiian entertainment.
 
With all these attractions, it’s not that hard to see why Lahaina has more than its fair share of visitors in the island of Maui. Combining great scenery from nature, history, and culture, Lahaina provides a complete Hawaiian experience for its visitors.
 
The beaches and water activities
Maui is known for its beaches, and the west side, including Lahaina, boasts of the most beautiful shores in Hawaii, and it also has the distinction of having the most beautiful sunset views on the planet. Take your pick among the beaches in West Maui, or, better yet, visit them all and have a complete experience of what it’s like on the beaches of Maui.
 
Kapalua Beach
Also known as the “Old Fleming Beach”, the Kaplua Beach offers great spots for swimming, surfing, and snorkeling. The beach was also named the best beach in the US in 1991. There is also a resort nearby where you can easily grab a bite to eat.
 
Launiupoko Beach Park
Aside from the scenic beach, you’ll also be treated to a view of the natural pool created by lava rock enclosures. The park is great for kids as the waters are calm. You can also find picnic tables, rest rooms and shower rooms in the park.
 
Wahikuli State Park
Just like the other beaches, you can swim, snorkel, and surf on this beach. You also have facilities like picnic tables and grills for family outings and picnics. This is also a great place to just lounge on the beach and relax, or to go for a romantic stroll while viewing the sunset.
 
D.T. Fleming Beach Park
This beach was named as the best beach in the US in 2006, and is a popular spot for swimming and surfing. The park also has tables, restrooms, and shower rooms, so you can hold a picnic on the shores with the family.
 
You can't mention Hawaii or Maui without thinking of the acclaimed Kaanapali Beach. While it remains outrageously popular, the four-mile Kaanapali is so vast that you will have no problem finding an isolated spot to lie down and soak up the rays. Laced with restaurants, water sport facilities, and accommodations, this is the premier beach in Maui. The sand is a sparkling gold, and the water clear and tranquil, making Kaanapali an outstanding location for snorkeling. Wailea Beach features plenty of room and perfect waves for the novice bodyboarder or bodysurfer. There is not a better spot to watch the sunset in all of Maui. In addition, from December until April, migrating humpback whales are visible from shore.
Best for Active Types: Located just minutes from Lahaina, the three miles of white sand that is Kaanapali Beach welcomes those who wish to swim or snorkel. The northernmost strip of the beach is called Black Rock, and this is a safe and easy place to snorkel -- just look out for those courageous enough to cliff dive off Black Rock! You can also book a sailboat or catamaran outing from Kaanapali -- and less-active types will love the people watching. Swimmers should watch out for the strong undertow; lifeguards are usually on duty, but be aware of your own safety whenever in the water.
 
Best for Families: D.T. Fleming Beach Park, in Kapalua, is a 20- to 30-minute drive from Lahaina. This white-sand beach is perfect for boogie-boarding as well as sunbathing and lounging in the shade of the pine trees lining the shore. There's a lifeguard on duty, restrooms, grills and picnic tables.
 
Many families also head to H.A. Baldwin Beach Park in Paia (Central Maui, just minutes from Kahului). It's an expansive and gorgeous white-sand beach that's excellent for swimming. Lifeguards are on duty, and there are restrooms, picnic areas and a sheltered lagoon that's dubbed "baby beach."
 
Best for Windsurfing and Surfing: Even if you don't plan to surf, you should definitely check out Ho'okipa Beach Park in Paia. Windsurfers and surfers covet the heavy surf, and a terrific viewing area lets you enjoy the action without being down on the beach or in the water. The biggest waves occur during the winter months. Restrooms and picnic tables are available. If you're a novice and want to learn to surf, head for less-intimidating beaches in Kaanapali, Lahaina and Kihei (and book a lesson).
 
Best for a Luxurious Day in the Sun: Wailea Beach, on Maui's southwestern coast, is lined with luxury resorts, but you can pretend you're a VIP when you set up your towel on its golden sands. It's a great place to swim, boogie board or spot whales in season -- or you might want to wander about and try to spot someone famous. Restrooms and equipment rentals are available, and a paved beach walk leads to the upscale restaurants and shops attached to the hotels
 
You can't mention Hawaii or Maui without thinking of the acclaimed Kaanapali Beach. While it remains outrageously popular, the four-mile Kaanapali is so vast that you will have no problem finding an isolated spot to lie down and soak up the rays. Laced with restaurants, water sport facilities, and accommodations, this is the premier beach in Maui. The sand is a sparkling gold, and the water clear and tranquil, making Kaanapali an outstanding location for snorkeling.
 
Wailea Beach features plenty of room and perfect waves for the novice bodyboarder or bodysurfer. There is not a better spot to watch the sunset in all of Maui. In addition, from December until April, migrating humpback whales are visible from shore. Kapalua Beach is spacious, features fabulous facilities, and lifeguards are on duty all day. Snorkeling and swimming are great here, and Kapalua is the favorite place to kayak as well.
 
Best for Active Types: Located just minutes from Lahaina, the three miles of white sand that is Kaanapali Beach welcomes those who wish to swim or snorkel. The northernmost strip of the beach is called Black Rock, and this is a safe and easy place to snorkel -- just look out for those courageous enough to cliff dive off Black Rock! You can also book a sailboat or catamaran outing from Kaanapali -- and less-active types will love the people watching. Swimmers should watch out for the strong undertow; lifeguards are usually on duty, but be aware of your own safety whenever in the water.
 
Best for Families: D.T. Fleming Beach Park, in Kapalua, is a 20- to 30-minute drive from Lahaina. This white-sand beach is perfect for boogie-boarding as well as sunbathing and lounging in the shade of the pine trees lining the shore. There's a lifeguard on duty, restrooms, grills and picnic tables.
 
Many families also head to H.A. Baldwin Beach Park in Paia (Central Maui, just minutes from Kahului). It's an expansive and gorgeous white-sand beach that's excellent for swimming. Lifeguards are on duty, and there are restrooms, picnic areas and a sheltered lagoon that's dubbed "baby beach."
 
Best for Windsurfing and Surfing: Even if you don't plan to surf, you should definitely check out Ho'okipa Beach Park in Paia. Windsurfers and surfers covet the heavy surf, and a terrific viewing area lets you enjoy the action without being down on the beach or in the water. The biggest waves occur during the winter months. Restrooms and picnic tables are available. If you're a novice and want to learn to surf, head for less-intimidating beaches in Kaanapali, Lahaina and Kihei (and book a lesson).
 
Best for a Luxurious Day in the Sun: Wailea Beach, on Maui's southwestern coast, is lined with luxury resorts, but you can pretend you're a VIP when you set up your towel on its golden sands. It's a great place to swim, boogie board or spot whales in season -- or you might want to wander about and try to spot someone famous. Restrooms and equipment rentals are available, and a paved beach walk leads to the upscale restaurants and shops attached to the hotels
 
Don't Miss
Road to Hana: You've probably heard of the Road to Hana, a narrow twisting road with nearly 50 one-lane bridges, carved into the lush rainforest and punctuated by breathtaking waterfalls, lava cliffs and sandy beaches. Before you start your drive in the town of Paia on the Hana Highway, arm yourself with the Hana CD guide. You can order the CD and map online in advance or buy it at one of many locations in Maui. Play the CD as you drive, and your private tour guide will tell you what's located where. Be on the lookout for the waterfall at Pua'a Ka'a State Wayside Park; the black-sand beach and lava tube at Wai'anapanapa State Park; the Halfway to Hana snack shop that sells mouth-watering, freshly baked banana bread; Kaihalulu Red-Sand Beach in Hana proper; and Ohe'o Gulch Pools, 10 miles past town.
 
Haleakala National Park: Haleakala Crater's lunar-like landscape is the piece de resistance of Haleakala National Park in Maui's upcountry. It's a two-hour drive from sea level to the summit at 10,023 feet, and it's amazing how many ecosystems you'll pass along the way. At 9,000 feet, you'll see the endangered silversword plant before you stop in to the visitor center at 9,740 feet (open sunrise to 3 p.m.) for exhibits about the native flora and fauna of the volcano. A trailhead there leads to an easy walk to an overlook. (More difficult hikes may be tackled at Haleakala, as well, from the trailhead there and another down at 7,990 feet.) Most people visit Puu Ulaula Overlook, the volcano's summit, to watch the sunrise. Check weather conditions before you head out. The summit can experience heavy winds, rain and even snow. In fact, it's generally 30 degrees cooler at the summit than in Kahului, so be sure to bring a jacket or blanket, warm hat and gloves. A glass-enclosed outlook offers panoramic views of the valley below, the Big Island, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai and -- sometimes on very clear days -- Oahu.
 
Water Sports: Maui is a snorkel haven with no shortage of excellent locations for all ability levels. Try Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach; it's not uncommon to run into sea turtles there, and fish huddle along the lava/coral wall below Black Rock itself. Three miles offshore, Molokini Crater is a Marine Life Conservation District that boasts clear water with visibility of more than 100 feet. You might see monk seals, thousands of tropical fish, manta rays and whale sharks. If you'd like to try your hand at surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, you can book a lesson in Maui's waves.
 
Known as the Valley Isle, Maui is the ideal location if you are looking for a relaxing, tropical getaway. The gorgeous white-sand coves and palm trees that sway gracefully in the wind create a wonderful ambiance that is soothing to the soul. If you are feeling stressed or anxiety-ridden, Maui is the perfect therapy for you. If you are in a pleasant state of mind or perfectly content, Maui is the perfect destination for you, too!
 
The surrounding seas are a beautiful turquoise, and the majestic jungles are truly something to behold. Two and a half million people visit Maui annually, making it the second most popular Hawaiian location behind Waikiki. Travel and Leisure magazine has rated Maui as their number one island to enjoy a splendid vacation in past years. Even though it is a lot more crowded and bustling than Hawaii, Maui offers activities and sights that are unique to each particular region on the island and can not be seen anywhere else on earth.
 
Maui is a total of 727 square miles of sheer wonder. Three peaks on the island are over a mile high each, and hundreds of waterfalls create a picturesque atmosphere that is absolutely breathtaking. The two most impressive volcanoes on the island are Haleakala, which stands 10,023 feet, and Puu Kukui at 5,788 feet. Maui also features over 120 miles of fantastic coastline, and nearly eighty miles of beaches, complete with soft, golden-white sand. The locals on the island are accustomed to year-round tourism, and luckily, they embrace their island guests. This may be in part because many of them are extremely adept at profiting from just-landed travelers, but they are pleasant nonetheless.
 
With all its beauty and tranquility, it's a wonder that so many visitors to Maui come away with as many once-in-a-lifetime experiences as they do. Many would be perfectly content lying on the beach all day, but the exciting surroundings and energy of Maui often motivate tourists to bike for miles, take helicopter trips over active volcanoes, and windsurf for hours at a time. From deserts and rain forests to hiking and golf, the amazing island of Maui has it all.

Where to Eat on Lanai
Pele’s Other Garden -- If you want a deli sandwich for a picnic lunch, Pele’s is a great lunch option. They’re located on 8th Street, across from Dole Park.

Blue Ginger
This restaurant is next door to Canoes on 7th Street in Lanai City. They told me they were famous for their teriyaki chicken. I thought it was quite tasty, though it did have a bit too much fat for my liking. Blue Ginger is also known for their mahi mahi sandwich. I really liked their ono sandwich. Blue Ginger is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 
One Forty at Four Seasons Manele Hulopoe Court offer breakfast. What a beautiful place to start the day with a yummy breakfast. We usually opt for the bountiful breakfast buffet, but their a la carte menu is a good option, too. breakfast here close to two dozen times and it’s always delicious, but the vHulopoe Bay view  is tremendous. One Forty is located in Manele at the Four Seasons resort. They’re open for breakfast and dinner.
Terrace at Four Seasons Lodge at Koele -- The Terrace offers very tasty gourmet breakfasts with views of the Lodge’s peaceful gardens and grounds. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (We love the Terrace for dinner, too!) The Terrace is located at the magnificent Great Hall in Koele at the Four Seasons Lodge.
 
Lanai offers dining experiences on two ends of the spectrum: from humble ma-and-pa eateries to world-class culinary adventures. The posh resort restaurants require deep pockets, and Lanai City has only a handful of other options.
 
Lanai City Grille at Lanai Inn -- Another not-to-be-missed Lanai restaurant is Lanai City Grille in Lanai City. If you’re on Lanai on a Friday night, you must go to the Lanai City Grille as they have live music that’s very popular with locals and visitors.

Part of the Lanai City Grille menu was designed by Chef Bev Gannon. I first got a taste for her American and Pacific Rim culinary designs at Maui’s Haliimaile General Store.
 
We have always enjoyed everything we’ve ordered at Lanai City Grille. The appetizers and entrees are excellent, but you must save room for dessert. Toasted Coconut Cream Pie or Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, anyone?

Lanai City Grille is located in Hotel Lanai in the heart of Lanai City. They’re open for dinner only, Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations are recommended.
 
One Forty, located at the Four Seasons in Manele Bay, serves amazing steaks and seafood. One Forty gets its name from two interesting facts — Lanai has a 140 mile square radius and a medium steak is cooked to perfection at 140 degrees. One of our friends who is a steak connisiuer told us he had the best steak of his life at One Forty. This restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner.

When we are just in the mood for a drink and some pupus (appetizers), we love to grab an oceanview table by the railings at the The Sports Bar. Usually there’s live music playing in this relaxed, yet elegant lounge. The Sports Bar is located at the Four Seasons Resort at Manele.

Great Hall --  it’s practically impossible to go to the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele and not be drawn to the Great Hall. The Great Hall features soaring ceilings, giant fireplaces and oversized seating that beacons you to soak yourself into the comfortable cushions. At the Great Hall, you can have afternoon tea, hot chocolate, or an evening cocktail while listening to live entertainment.
Lanai Ohana Poke Market-- unfortunately, the the Lanai Ohana Poke Market has been closed when we’ve visited, but we’ve certainly heard how delicious it is. Many locals recommend it highly, saying that it’s the best poke in all of Hawaii. Lanai Ohana Poke Market is located at 834 A Gay Street, just a hop, skip and a jump from Dole Park.

Maui Shopping
 
Maui’s best shopping is found in the small, independent boutiques and galleries scattered around the island—particularly in Makawao and Paia. (If you’re in the market for a bikini, there’s no better spot than the intersection of Baldwin Ave. and Hana Hwy. on Maui’s north shore.) The two upscale resort shopping malls, the Shops at Wailea in South Maui and Whalers Village in Kaanapali, have everything from Louis Vuitton and Coach to Gap—plus a handful of local designers to boot. If you’re looking for that perfect souvenir, consider visiting one of Maui’s farms (or farmers’ markets), most of which offer fantastic value-added products. Take home Kaanapali coffee, Kula lavender spice rub, Maui Ocean vodka, Maui Gold pineapple, and other tasty treats that can be shipped worldwide.
 
Central Maui
 
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Kahului’s shopping is concentrated in two malls. The Maui Mall, 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave. (www.mauimall.com; tel. 808/877-8952), is the place of everyday retail, from Longs Drugs and Whole Foods to Tasaka Guri Guri (the decades-old purveyor of inimitable icy treats that are neither ice cream nor shave ice, but something in between) and Kahului’s largest movie theater, a 12-screen megaplex that features mainly current releases.
 
Queen Kaahumanu Center, 275 Kaahumanu Ave. (www.queenkaahumanucenter.com; tel. 808/877-3369), a 10-minute drive from the Kahului Airport, offers two levels of shops, restaurants, and theaters. It covers the bases, from arts and crafts to a Foodland and everything in between: a thriving food court; the island’s best beauty supply, Lisa’s Beauty Supply & Salon (tel. 808/877-6463) and its sister store for cosmetics, Madison Avenue Day Spa and Boutique (tel. 808/873-0880); mall standards like Macy’s, Sears, Sunglass Hut, and Local Motion (surf and beach wear).
 
Wailuku’s vintage architecture, antiques shops, and mom-and-pop eateries imbue the town with charm. You won’t find any plastic aloha in Wailuku; in fact, this is the best place to buy authentic Hawaiian souvenirs.
 
Central Maui Edibles -- Maui’s produce has long been a source of pride for islanders. You’ll find a selection of fresh Maui-grown fruit, vegetables, flowers, and plants at the Ohana Farmers Market, at Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center (tel. 808/877-3369), every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8am to 4pm.
 
In the northern section of Wailuku, Takamiya Market, 359 N. Market St. (tel. 808/244-3404), is much loved by local folks and visitors with adventurous palates, who often drive all the way from Kihei to stock up on picnic fare and mouthwatering ethnic foods for sunset gatherings. Unpretentious home-cooked foods from East and West are prepared daily and served on plastic-foam plates. The chilled-fish counter has fresh sashimi and poke, and prepared foods include mounds of shoyu chicken, fried squid, kalua pork, Chinese noodles, fiddlehead ferns, and Western comfort foods such as cornbread and potato salad.
 
West Maui -- Lahaina’s merchants and art galleries go all out from 7 to 10pm every Friday, when Art Night  brings an extra measure of hospitality and community spirit. The Art Night openings are usually marked with live entertainment and refreshments, plus a livelier-than-usual street scene. If you’re in Lahaina on the second or last Thursday of the month, stroll by the front lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum, 120 Dickenson St. (at Front St.), for a splendid look at the craft of lei-making (you can even buy the results).
 
Across from the seawall on Front Street, you’ll find the Outlets of Maui, 900 Front St. (www.theoutletsofmaui.com; tel. 808/667-9216). There’s plenty of free validated parking and easy access to more than 2 dozen outlet shops including Calvin Klein, Coach, Banana Republic, Adidas, Kay Jewelers, and more. Ruth’s Chris Steak House serves its famed cuts of beef here, and the Hard Rock Cafe serves lunch and dinner with live music most nights.
 
At the northern end of Lahaina town, what was formerly a big, belching pineapple cannery is now a maze of shops and restaurants known as the Lahaina Cannery Mall, 1221 Honoapiilani Hwy. (www.lahainacannerymall.com; tel. 808/661-5304). Inside the air-conditioned building there’s a Longs Drugs and a 24-hour Safeway for groceries. Footprints Maui may surprise you with its shoe selection—everything from Cole Haan sophisticates to inexpensive sandals. In the food court, try Ba-Le French Sandwich and Bakery for great banh mi and croissant sandwiches, while L & L Drive-Inn sells plate lunches. At Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club & Grill, you can get a frosty beer and watch big-wave surfers on the multiple flatscreen TVs.
 
Honokowai, Kahana & Napili
those driving north of Kaanapali toward Kapalua will notice the Honokowai Marketplace, on Lower Honoapiilani Road, only minutes before the Kapalua Airport. It houses restaurants and coffee shops, a dry cleaner, the flagship Times Supermarket, and a few clothing stores.
 
South Maui -- Kihei is one long strip of strip malls. Most of the shopping here is concentrated in the Azeka Place Shopping Center on South Kihei Road. Across the street, Azeka Place II houses several prominent attractions, including a cluster of specialty shops with everything from children’s clothes to shoes, sunglasses, and swimwear.
 
Upcountry Edibles
Working folks in Makawao pick up spaghetti and lasagna, sandwiches, salads, and changing specials from the Rodeo General Store, 3661 Baldwin Ave. (tel. 808/572-1868). At the back of the store, a superior wine selection is housed in its own temperature-controlled cave.
 
For just shy of a century, the hard-working Komoda family has been satisfying Maui’s sweet tooth. Untold numbers have creaked over the wooden floors to pick up a box of famous cream puffs at T. Komoda Store and Bakery, 3674 Baldwin Ave. (tel. 808/572-7261). The coveted pastries (filled with vanilla or mocha cream) are just the beginning; stick donuts encrusted with macadamia nuts, Chantilly cakes, fruit pies, and butter rolls keep loyal customers coming to this nostalgic piece of Maui history. Old-timers know to arrive before noon or miss out. Bring cash and be aware of the odd business hours: It’s open 7am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 7am to 2pm on Saturday.
 
East Maui -- Paia has no fewer than five boutiques dedicated to Maui’s sun-kissed beach uniform, the bikini. And that’s not all; many of the other shops lining Baldwin Avenue and Hana Highway also sell swimwear. Head to this north-shore beach town for everything from skimpy Brazilian bikinis to full-figured, mix-and-match-your-own suits. The best of the bunch are Maui Girl, 12 Baldwin Ave. (www.maui-girl.com; tel. 808/579-9266; daily 9am–6pm), a cheery beach shack that has outfitted more than one "Sports Illustrated" cover model; and Le Tarte, 24 Baldwin Ave. (www.letarteswimwear.com; tel. 808/579-6022; daily 10am–6pm), an ultra-chic boutique with embroidered beach cover-ups so pretty you’ll want to wear them out and about. Maui Girl and Le Tarte are both owned by local designers, as are two other great spots to shop for suits: Wings Hawaii, 69 Hana Hwy. (www.wingshawaii.com; tel. 808/579-3110), and Tamara Catz, 83 Hana Hwy. (www.tamaracatz.com; tel. 808/579-9184).





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