Historic, Laid-Back and Lively Lahaina Lives on Front Street
Lahaina, Maui, is the historic capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The contemporary city offers art galleries, clubs, boutiques, world-class dining and lots of sightseeing, especially along Front Street, the main thoroughfare. Dozens of restaurants and businesses line Front Street. Following are just a few of the hot spots and events to check out:
Culinary AdventuresNo trip is complete without enjoying some of the local delicacies, though sometimes you many be hankering for a taste of home. Whether you want a true island dining experience or your early-morning bagel, you’ll find it on Front Street.
- Check out Angelina’s Cafe for breakfast or lunch in a mainland-Americana style with a Maui twist. The menu features standard café fare, including bagels, sandwiches and salads, as well as some unique iced coffees and island-fruit smoothies.
- Get a real Angus beef burger, voted the best on the island five years running, at the Cool Cat Café. In addition to the stellar food, the Cool Cat has a full bar with tropical favorites and live music nightly.
- Experience all the festivities of an authentic luau at Feast at LeLe. Take a musical and culinary trip through the Pacific, tasting the foods and experiencing the history and traditions of the Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan and Aotearoan cultures.
Shopping ExcursionsA vacation isn’t complete without some souvenir shopping. Front Street’s shops are an amalgam of unique, family-run operations, touristy shops, handmade craft and fine arts galleries and even chain stores. There’s no shortage of retail selection along Front Street.
- Spend an afternoon exploring The Shops at 505, a contemporary shopping village with an incredible beachfront locale. The trendy boutiques, arts-and-crafts galleries and award-winning dining venues at 505 have a way of winning the hearts of even the most discerning consumers. Go prepared, as you’re sure to find something you just can’t live without!
- Take home a bit of the islands from Maui Hands, a shop in which you’ll find hand-crafted jewelry, clothing, pottery and more.
- For handmade, Maui-style clothing and textiles, check out The Needlework Shop. The knowledgeable staff can educate you on the embroidery, needlepoint or quilting motifs you discover. If you have the curiosity and the time, take an afternoon workshop and learn exactly what it takes to create your own Maui-themed handiwork.
- Glimpse a bit of the past in the Wharf Cinema Center. This wooden, open-air, multi-level shopping mall houses a collection of tourist shops, boutiques, a theater and a number of restaurants.
Don’t Miss Out on the ExcitementThere’s a lot more to Front Street than just the food and shopping. While many visitors spend time searching the shops and popping in and out of eateries, many other traditional and contemporary island adventures await you on Front Street, as well.
- Consider planning your visit for the Chinese New Year, and enjoy the excitement and tradition of the ancient celebration with a bit of Hawaiian influence tossed in!
- The Old Lahaina Luau gives guests the chance to experience Hawaiian music, culture, dance and cuisine, all with an oceanfront view.