Lahaina & Kaanapali Region Sights, Tours, & Information

Things to Do & Visitor Tips for Lahaina & Kaanapali on Maui

The resort areas of Ka'anapali and historic Lahaina town grace the shores of western-most Maui. While both technically inside our West Maui region, we've dedicated a unique section here, for each of the major attractions located within these two popular areas.

John Derrick
Published on: 01-16-2020
Published by: John C. Derrick
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With plenty of sunshine and great weather year-round, this stretch of Maui coastline has become the playground of visitors from around the world and is a popular location for taking a snorkel cruise, doing some window shopping, or catching one of the very best Hula shows in all of Hawaii.

Lahaina & Ka'anapali Top 5 Things to Do

Best Things to See in West Maui in Lahaina & Ka'anapali

Black Rock Pu'u Keka'a

#5 Rated in the Lahaina & Kaanapali Region

In ancient Hawaiian legend, this large, black mass of lava was where the souls of the dead leaped into the arms of the gods named Pu'u Keka'a.

Now it is a heaven for snorkelers and scuba divers to explore the beauty of the ocean including honu (green sea turtles).

The black rock splits Ka'anapali Beach right near the Sheraton and Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.

Launiupoko State Park

#4 Rated in the Lahaina & Kaanapali Region

This peaceful park is great for family outings. There is a large, man-made wading pool for kids that is protected from the waves.

Visitors can catch a glimpse of the neighboring islands of Kaho'olawe, Molokai, and Lanai from the park's picnic area.

There is paved access and parking available as well as telephones, restrooms, and grills. This is not the best place to snorkel but surfing and swimming are decent.

Whalers Village Museum

#3 Rated in the Lahaina & Kaanapali Region

Back in the 1800s, Lahaina was a busy harbor for whaling ships and their adventurers. The Whalers Village Museum takes visitors on a free trip through time and back to the days when men would voyage off to unknown seas for years at a time.

Exhibits show the cramped living quarters where the men stayed. Among the museums of collection of items made from whale ivory and bone is one of the largest models of a whaling ship in the world.

There is also a very extensive scrimshaw collection. Scrimshaw is the art of carving on whale teeth or bones and then rubbing with ink to bring out the designs. One of the crowning exhibits is the skeletal remains of a 4-foot Sperm Whale.

Kaanapali Beach

#2 Rated in the Lahaina & Kaanapali Region

Nearly all of the seaside resorts in the Kaanapali area back up to Ka'anapali Beach, a three-mile stretch of sand suitable for frolicking with a sidewalk that runs the entire length by the hotels to Black Rock.

Black Rock, mentioned above, slices across the beach and is a popular spot for snorkelers and scuba divers. Those in search of their scuba certification on this part of the island will likely do your first dive at Black Rock.

There are also plenty more opportunities to whet your appetite for water sports such as parasailing, windsurfing, and jet skis.

Lahaina Town

#1 Rated in the Lahaina & Kaanapali Region

One of Hawaii's most historic towns is also one of the most eclectic... and it is most certainly uniquely Maui.

No trip to The Garden Isle would be complete without a visit to the port town of Lahaina to stroll the art galleries, restaurants, souvenir shops, and historic gems sprinkled all throughout the bustling town. Lahaina is most definitely a Maui must-see.

 A few of the many sights in Lahaina include the gigantic banyan tree - which literally takes up an entire city block, the historic Baldwin House, the old courthouse, and Front Street.

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