Someone once said, “Oh, your poor mother!” They were right. When I was a child, I had so much energy and rarely stopped or slowed down. 50ish years later, things have not changed. It was Culinary School for the past couple of years. Now I’m taking a digital photography class, hence my topic, historic Lahaina town.
I’ve learned to really see things now. I pay attention to light, framing, and composition much more than before. I find beauty in things that were ordinary a few months ago. We were told to go to Lahaina town and photograph…so I did.
Brief History of Lahaina Town
But first, a little history. Did you know that Lahaina town was the capital of Hawaii, once upon a time? During the whaling days, the Lahaina Harbor was the most important port in the state. It wasn’t until later that everything moved over to Oahu, and Maui settled into the pace that we see today.
Maui’s Banyan Tree
One of the most iconic images of Lahaina town is the banyan tree. It’s noted to be the largest banyan in the United States, clocking in at 60′ high and 200′ wide. It is also one of the largest in the world.
There are many offshoots of the main tree that create an amazing canopy
The base is so massive that it would take you a while to walk around its circumference
Lahaina Boat Harbor
Just across the street is the historic Lahaina Boat Harbor, home to whaling vessels many years ago.
Snorkel and fishing tours can be taken from the docks here as well as the ferry to Lanai
Additional Lahaina Town Attractions
The old Lahaina Jailhouse is home to the Lahaina Museum and galleries
The Pioneer Inn is one, if not, the oldest hotels on the island
The Bailey House Museum is just a short walk through the Banyan Tree park to Front Street
Front Street: One of America’s 10 Great Streets
Front Street is home to t-shirt shops, art galleries, trinket shops, and many restaurants. Front Street was recently named one of America’s 10 Great Streets. I wrote a blog about it.
More Front Street
If you are eating at a restaurant on Front Street, there is a good chance it’s in one of these decks facing the ocean
There are numerous characters along the way. Wanna take your picture with macaws?
Gotta have a shave ice…or shaved ice? You decide
You can also get a fresh carving to take home for yourself or as a gift; Front Street offers a lot and should be taken at a leisure pace
A short walk South will take you to a traditional Hawaiian Hale (home) – there is your picture of a grass shack!
Maui Oceanfront Homes on Front Street
Front Street has some amazing homes right on the ocean. They don’t come cheap, but if you want to live on the beach, it’s a small price to pay. Here are a couple of beachfront listings:
459 Front Street
459 Front Street is listed at $3,975,000 (MLS# 353028). The home is a 3 bed/1 bath with approximately 1,140 square feet and sits on 16,017 square feet of land. Beachfront on Front Street does not come cheap, but to some, it’s worth it.
If you want a sizable amount of land, this listing is for you. It sits on 16,017 square feet of beach front and is gated.
1037 Front Street
1037 Front Street is listed at $6,900,000 (MLS# 351243). The home is a 3 bed/3.5 bath with 3,747 square feet on a smaller lot of 8,111 square feet. If you are looking for a larger house and the amount of land isn’t an issue, this is the listing for you.
If you are looking for amenities like a pool, spa and new construction, this is the one for you
With either of these homes, taking a stroll along historic Front Street is just a few short steps away. Interested?