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Kaanapali, HI 96761, USA
Hawaii is a paradise in so many ways. For me, as a devotee of tropical fruit, there was no better place to sample strange tropical delights than on the beach in Maui. Fruit stands are abundant here. Lychee? Hairy but delightful. Dragon fruit? Hot...
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Lahaina, HI, USA
On my recent trip to Maui the first thing I did was sign up for a surf class. Surfing has been on my bucket list for years and I couldn't have asked for a better locale to put my balancing skills to the test. Our instructors were Dustin and...
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For an off-the-beaten-path gallery experience, visit the Village Gallery Gift and Fine Art shop in Lahaina. Along with local artists' handmade and hand-painted creations, the shop also sells items from around the world. The beautiful work is the...
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Kapalua Coastal Trail, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Kapalua Coastal Trail in Maui is one of my favorite and most accessible hikes. Stacks of sharp, twisted lava crags at Hawea Point and Makaluapuna Point (also known as “Dragon’s Teeth”) that resemble a fantasy landscape from Game...
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2525 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
In an island area of West Maui that draws many transplants and seasonal employees, Dale Simonson’s longevity at 40 years behind a bar is amazing. But top that with his expertise at making tropical drinks and his friendly attitude and the Tiki Bar...
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Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
[Dragon's Teeth is near a sacred and ancient burial ground. If you go to this area, please respect the locals and the burial ground]. The geological sites in Maui are fascinating...so many different things to see on such a small island. We walked...
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600 Office Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
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If you ask locals what the island's best sushi spot is, there's a good chance they'll say Sansei. Located in a plantation-style building, this award-winning sushi house consistently impresses with its fresh, creative fare. From the miso butterfish...
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345 Keawe St # 304, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Poke (pronounced POH-kay) is not only a staple of Hawaiian cuisine, it's also a favorite of diners needing a meal on the run. These bite-sized chunks of raw fish are seasoned with everything from soy sauce to seaweed, and you won't find a luau or...
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2525 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Hawaiian green sea turtles—locally known as honu—are one of the most enchanting creatures you're likely to encounter while snorkeling in Kaʽanapali. Deliberate in their movements and stealthy in their approach, these tropical reptiles have a...
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658 Front St #160, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
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Front Street, Lahaina, is home to two famous burger joints. One has an oceanfront location and the name of a Jimmy Buffet song, and the other simply has the island's best burgers. While there's no denying the popularity of famously-named...
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624 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
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In the native Hawaiian language, the word "Lahaina" literally translates as "cruel, merciless sun." Given the name, it should come as little surprise that not only is Lahaina the hottest place on the island, but it can be five degrees warmer than...
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Kāʻanapali Beachwalk, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
From the moment you first pop up on a surfboard—and realize you're standing on a wave—it's immediately apparent why the sport of surfing is such an addictive and popular pursuit. In Ancient Hawaii, surfing was reserved exclusively for royalty and...
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Five hundred years ago, long before the arrival of Westerners, Honokowai Valley housed a thriving population of more than 600 self-sustaining families. But when sugar was planted in West Maui, streams were diverted to irrigate the fields, and by...
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Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
There are a number of places on the island of Maui where you can buy fresh produce on the roadside. Very few of them, however, are actually farmer's markets, and a couple of stands sell produce that has been shipped in from the mainland and...
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6 Kai Ala Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Even with a population of only 140,000 people, Maui has a remarkable amount of residents who possess some sort of artistic talent. From jewelry to clothing to hand-carved wood, you can find local artists hawking their wares at craft fairs across...
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1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
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In the mid-1800s, as Maui's sugar industry flourished, it became apparent that more laborers would be needed to meet the demand for sugar. To solve the shortage, thousands of immigrants from across the Pacific were brought to work in the fields....
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Not many visitors stop in Olowalu. This small waypoint between Maʽalaea and Lahaina is best known for the snorkeling at Mile Marker 14. The next largest draws are Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop and a stand that sells smoothies and fruit juices. What...
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5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
When the paniolos - the Big Island (Portuguese) cowboys left Hawaii they forgot to teach the locals how to tune their guitars so they loosened up the strings (let out the slack) and this form of traditional Hawaiian guitar was born. These days...
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5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
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When eating at the Sea House Restaurant, it's hard to decide what is actually better: the view of Molokaʽi across the water, or the Molokaʽi sweet potatoes used in the frittata. Either way, both combine for a memorable breakfast on the island's...
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820 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
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For most visitors to Lahaina, Olowalu is simply a blip on the road between the airport and their resort or hotel. There's one general store, a popular snorkeling site, and that's really it. But there's also a small kitchen and pie shop that might...
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67 Kaniau Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Shortly before reaching Lahaina, on the drive from Kihei, is a road-side fruit stand. Although it is there to snag tourists, not locals, we decided to stop and buy some fruit. These tasty little apple bananas aren't something we can find at home...
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820 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
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Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop is a Maui favorite. The eatery uses locally sourced ingredients to make everything from scratch. The chicken pot pie (pictured), the roast pork hoagie, and the signature burger are particularly delicious. You can't...
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5255 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
People define Aloha in many different ways. I think of Aloha as a state of peacefulness that comes from an appreciation for the beauty and fragility of life, combined with compassion and respect for the people and creatures we live among. When I...
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1087 Limahana Pl, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
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Much more than just a restaurant or smoothie stop, Choice Health Bar is a culinary fusion of food, lifestyle, and positivity. This small restaurant in the Lahaina industrial park serves fresh kale salads and heaping acai bowls. The place is a...
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Lahaina, HI, USA
First off save your money take the bus from airport to lahaina $2 per person. And not many stops along way..so it's quick. 30min tops. Lahaina is the epitome of sleepy beach town. Great hospitality felt like I was a local from day one. The staff...
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222 Papalaua St # 202, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Cannot recommend this place enough. The menu only has a few local dishes on it, but that’s all you really need. I may be bias but the loco moco is king here. Also, ask for a musubi (spam atop a rice ball wrapped in nori seaweed). There is also...
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1251 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
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We have visited our fair share of luaus over the years but Old Lahaina Luau takes the cake for most genuine and authentic experience. If you are craving a cultural experience I highly recommend checking out Old Lahaina Luau next time you are in...
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648 Wharf St #103, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

This group was founded and blossomed in the '60s, beginning with informal exhibits in parks and along the seawall. Today its galleries in the Old Lahaina Courthouse teem with beautiful local arts and crafts. The society also runs outdoor arts...

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1013 Limahana Pl, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

If it's an image you can hang up, Lahaina Printsellers probably has it for sale. Look for wonderful vintage Hawaiian photos of surfers and hula dancers, menu covers and iconic movie posters printed on cotton canvas. Standouts include fish prints...