First time visitors to Lahaina are entranced by its sleepy small town atmosphere, its picturesque present, historical past and its 24:7 buzz. Lahaina is at once small and local, yet full of life and excitement.
Once the royal capital of the Hawaiian Island of Maui and before annexation of the islands by the United States, Lahaina is now the largest town on Maui’s west coast and second largest on the island. Signs around the town still clearly make this fact known and such is the popularity of Lahaina today, that though the resident population is only around 10,000, it can swell to 50,000 at the height of the tourist season.
The name Lahaina means ‘merciless sun’, for indeed it is a town of long hot days and little rainfall, about 21 inches a year, so cool clothes and hats are in order. Traditionally, the warmest month is July with an average 85°F and the coldest is January at 64°F.