Without mincing words, Front Street, Lahaina, is a shopper's dream destination. Here, along a one-mile stretch of shoreline, stores and boutiques proffer everything from jewelry to surf wear and clothing to crafts. More than anything, however, it's the numerous art galleries lining the street that make Lahaina the art capital of the Pacific.
Even if you aren't a seasoned art aficionado, the level of talent that is on display along the street makes it worthy of a casual stroll. Of the larger names, Peter Lik has a gallery of oversized photos, and Wyland has a gallery set right on the water, brimming with dolphins and whales.
Other galleries such as Sargent's and Lassen have selections of various fine art, and many of the galleries feature visiting artists who are eager to discuss the pieces.
For those who really appreciate art (or simply want a festive atmosphere), every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. is officially art night in Lahaina. Galleries will highlight their finest pieces, and a few even feature a number of extras such as wine or a live jazz band.
Art aside, Front Street is still the most happening place you will find on the West Side of Maui. With festive bars, popular restaurants, and dozens of chances to go shopping, it's little wonder the American Planning Association named it as one of the greatest streets in America.
Tip for visitors: Avoid trying to parallel park on Front Street, since there is plenty of parking on the various side streets.