Destination guide

Fascinating Lahaina has something for everyone

Lahaina is a historic town that was once the capital of Hawaii, but is now a trendy and popular vacation destination with unique stores, restaurants, and with plenty of affordable Lahaina vacation rentals; perfect for a family-friendly Hawaiian hideaway. Lahaina was also an important whaling station in the mid-1800s, and you can still get a feel of old Lahaina as you stroll around its designated historic districts. Lahaina is also the gateway to a pristine Polynesian paradise of clear waters, sandy beaches, and a wide variety of activities at sea and on land for the whole family.


Exciting adventures await the whole family in Lahaina

The sunny climate, oceanfront setting, and superb Lahaina vacation rentals provide the perfect backdrop for an exciting family-friendly Hawaiian vacation. There’s also great beaches with ample opportunities for surfing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, and much more for the whole family to enjoy. Whale watching is also especially popular, either from a boat or even from the beach if you’re lucky. Or why not take a trip on a traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe? Of course, if you prefer more land-based activities, there’s plenty to do in Lahaina itself. Take a stroll down beautiful and historic Front Street for a spot of retail therapy.


Unbelievable differences in climate in Lahaina

Lahaina and the west coast of Maui County have several different microclimates. It is generally classed as having a tropical semi-arid climate with warm temperatures all year round. The historic district around Lahaina itself is the driest and calmest. Further north, Kaanapali has double the annual rainfall and is windier, then it gets even rainier in Kapalua, which has 4 times as much rain as Lahaina itself. August is the hottest month with average temperatures of around 88°F. It cools down slightly in January with averages of a cooler 65°F.

Natural features

The different landscapes of Lahaina and West Maui

West Maui and Lahaina enjoy a great variety of landscapes from sandy beach, to forest and mountain. Most visitors spend time on the many superb beaches, and also on and under the sea, surfing sailing, snorkeling or scuba diving to enjoy the great variety of marine life. Whales love Lahaina, too, with the channel just off the coast a favorite haunt. Tired of the beach? The West Maui Mountains offer spectacular views over the ocean, although hiking is not for the fainthearted. However, there are guided tours through the lush rainforests and volcanic landscape.


Transportation to and around Lahaina

The nearest airport is in Kapalua, HI (JHM-West Maui), located 6.1 mi (9.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Kahului, HI (OGG), which is 15.7 mi (25.2 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Lahaina Sugar Cane Train Station or Lahaina Sugar Cane Train Kaanapali Landing Station and explore the city from there.

Where to stay around Lahaina?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 8,455 vacation rentals near Lahaina. From 6,674 Condos/Apartments to 435 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lahaina for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Lahaina?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lahaina:

  • Plantation Estates: 15 vacation rentals
  • Ukumehame Ahupuaa: 289 vacation rentals
  • Historic Lahaina Front Street: 508 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Lahaina: 416 vacation rentals
  • Montage Kapalua Bay (Residences at Kapalua Bay): 431 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lahaina?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lahaina. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Maui Ocean Center: 8,885 vacation rentals
  • Black Rock: 5,438 vacation rentals
  • Lahaina Harbor: 8,033 vacation rentals
  • Maalaea Harbor: 8,880 vacation rentals
  • Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course: 5,151 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lahaina listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Lahaina?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 6,674 Condos/Apartments in Lahaina. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lahaina include:

  • Houses: 435 rentals available
  • Villas: 458 rentals available
  • Cottages: 52 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lahaina?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 7,315 vacation rentals with pool available in Lahaina. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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