A Little History Lesson…LAHAINA!…come and see for yourself…
Lahaina means “merciless sun.” That’s because even when it rains in Kapalua and Ka’anapali, the sun is probably still shining in Lahaina.
Sometime around 1794 King Kamehameha the Great conquered Maui and later named Lahaina the capitol of his kingdom. It remained the capitol of Hawaii until King Kamehameha III moved it to Honolulu in 1840. Lahaina’s history is rich with chief’s, kings, queens, ship captains and whales. For the better part of the 1800’s Lahaina was a whaling port and today it’s still famous as a whaling port, mostly for whale watching. During its early whaling days Lahaina was a wild town. When the first missionaries arrived they were appalled at what they saw and immediately set out converting the heathens to Christendom. Needless to say the whalers and the missionaries were always at odds with each other. Once the whalers even cannonballed the missionaries homes from their ships.
To protect themselves, a fort was buil. Today remains of that fort still stand at the Lahaina harbor. For most of the late 1800’s, until Hawaii became a state in 1959, Lahaina laid dormant. Mostly a company town for the sugar cane plantations during that period. Then in the 1960’s when Amfac started developing Ka’anapali as a destination did Lahaina again become alive.
Old tin-roof buildings were again converted to shops, restaurants and grog shops, much like the whaling days of old. Many of the kings, queens and missionaries who settled Lahaina are buried in a small cemetery located at the Waiola church on Waine’e street in Lahaina.
Lahaina’s famous Banyon tree was planted in 1873 by the sheriff of Maui and is now the largest in the state. One could spend an entire day exploring Lahaina’s colorful past. To get started, I suggest you start at the Baldwin House in Lahaina. They will provide you with a map of other historical sites. Today Lahaina is a bustling seaport. The Lahaina harbor is the center for most ocean activities including whale watching, fishing, snorkeling trips, even the ferry to Lanai. Â Hawaii Hideaways would love to help you book any activity you are interested in! We have an exclusive conceirge service that is accessible 24 hours a day!
Front street runs about a mile, is loaded with restaurants, souvenir shops, art galleries and t-shirt stores. It’s a must stop on your tour of Maui. Hawaii Hideaways offers a varity of lavish, luxury vacation rental homes in Lahaina, Kapalua, Napili, Kaanapali and through out the Hawaiian Islands! One of fabulous homes in Lahaina is our “Sea Star” home. Check out it’s grand beach front view!
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
Coral Gables, FL
Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
Arlington Heights, IL
You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.