Lahaina Maui -- What To See And Do
Lahaina is a busy little town...one that is fun to check out. It used to be the capitol of Hawaii before statehood. In the 1840's, it was the major whaling port in the Pacific.
The best way to describe it is a classic, historic, bustling, oceanside town. In many ways, it reminds me of Haleiwa on Oahu. There are tons of shops, restaurants, and art galleries.
So what makes Lahaina unique? Different? Well, where do I begin? First of all, have you ever seen a tree that looks like this?
Yes, it is a tree, not trees. This is the famous Banyan Tree in the middle of town.
Part of this town's charm is you can dine at one of Hawaii's finest restaurants...
And turn the corner and walk into something really stupid...
...or take a ride in a silly taxi...
Want civilized and serious? Explore the Missionary Home...
...or browse through the art galleries of some world-famous artists like Wyland, Christian Lassen (A Maui native), Walfrido, and Roy Tabora. Here's a Hawaii fact that surprises most people...Lahaina has more art galleries per capita than any other town in the United States. Thus, it is known as "The Art Capital of the Pacific".
Every Friday night is "art night". You will be treated to demonstrations, food & drinks, entertainment, and shows by artists.
These artists create some of the most amazing work of the ocean and ocean creatures. Make no mistake, I am not an art-buff nor do I claim to have an understanding of any of its intricacies...But I do enjoy browsing through the many galleries on Front Street.
Friends have told me October 31st (Halloween) is a really fun time. There are arts & crafts, live music, food booths, and a parade for children.
Sidebar--Warning, it can get very busy and crowded here. Traffic can be terrible and the parking even worse. This is the biggest free parking lot in town. It is on the corner of Front Street and Prison Street. I got here about 10:30 a.m. and it wasn't full yet.
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