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July 2, 2006
From journal Maui no ka Oi! Maui is the best!
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
February 3, 2006
I decided to review all of Lahaina Town because even though there are lots of things to see and do in Lahaina, I got the most from simply taking a walking tour through it, visiting the local shops before taking the ferry across to Lanai.
There aren't very many places in Maui that aren't good to visit. I managed to make my way all the way around the island during my stay and thoroughly enjoyed all the corners and vastly different settings it has to offer. But Lahaina stood out for me more than any other place.
Maui is a place that in many ways feels perpetually placed in time, exactly as it wants to be and happy in the now. It has a lot of culture, though it rarely feels like history. The locals adopt the native culture so whole-heartedly that it feels like a common song.
But if there is a place in Maui that sings its tune with a little backward glance, I think it's Lahaina. This town has a fantastic old harbour feel to it, and though you don't often find yourself thinking about "how things used to be" in a place so pleased with being where it is, here you get a breath of what it might have been like back before a simple flight into the Pacific brought you into the island.
The harbour is full of boats of all kinds, both new and old, and has that special flavour places of the sea seem to have. The shops up and down the streets of Lahaina are maybe the best in all of Maui--even the locals go here to shop. There is an abundance of local treasures, and lots of artists sell their work here. Even one of Hawaii's most famous artists has a beautiful gallery there, which is well worth a look.
The place buzzes at night like a thriving market in a trade port on any Pacific island. It's got a great atmosphere with a huge array of places to eat, and the smells of freshly cooked fish and grilled food follow you up and down the streets while you shop. And if you do feel inclined to take the ferry across to Lanai, it's just an easy 45-minute ride across the waves.
If your time in Maui is short and you want to see something other than tourist attractions and your hotel, pop around to Lahaina. It's one of the best towns I've ever visited.
From journal To the Land of Sunsets and Volcanos...
Campbell River, British Columbia
November 7, 2005
I enjoyed having so many things jumbled together. It gave it a very unique atmosphere.
Another thing I liked about Lahaina was the opportunity to dine. From Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (try the bucket of boat trash) to the Cool Cat Cafe with their amazing burgers, you could pick from any type of food you desired.
All of these were situated right on the waterfront, so you have a wonderful view of parasailers, boaters, and cruise ships.
Take your time and look in all the tiny shops along the street. You can find unique handcrafted items. Many one of a kind that will make a lasting treasure from your trip. Or you can find the T-shirt store where you can pick up four golf shirts or five t-shirts for $20. Pick up a cool drink and relax under the Banyan tree.
Lahaina is rich with history. There are many items of interest listed on the maps you can pick up anywhere, but check out those extra galleries and places of interest not shown.
From journal Maui Wedding Escape
April 25, 2005
Near to the port, where yachts and huge vessels are anchored, lies the Hauola Stone (resemble like a stoned chair) over the seawall. Hauola means extending life and health. Back in the 14th and 15th centuries, the Hawaiians believed that this stone had magical powers to ease and assist in delivering a child and to cure ailing people, because this stone was located in an area with mixture of fresh air and saltwater, known for its healing power.
At the back of Lahaina Center, there was a remarkable banyan tree, the biggest in United States. It shades almost an acre of the park and reaches upwards to a height of 60 feet. This tree has spread over the area by the way of its aerial roots that grew into thick brawny trunks when they reached the ground. Up to now, there are 16 major trunks apart from the original trunk in the center. Under this tree is a favourite spot for painters to do their drawing.
From journal Wonder of Maui
August 20, 2004
From journal Wedding in Maui