E Komo Mai

    Welcome to Lahaina

    Home of Hawaii's Heritage

    Aloha E Komo Mai

    Often called the “Jewel in the crown of Maui,” Lahaina is a destination that is experienced by two million people, or 83% of all Maui visitors, annually. Lahaina town is the second most visited spot on Maui after beaches. We warmly welcome you to visit our historic town, which is nestled between the calm waters of the Au’au Channel facing Lana’i island and the fertile peaks and valleys of Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui mountain range). Lahaina has provided a home for many cultures over the centuries, always welcoming visitors to its inviting shores.

    Upcoming Events:

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    Mar
    1
    Wed
    4th Annual Writing Contest Entries Due
    Mar 1 all-day

    2016 winner: Elaine Galant for “oliwa”

    Contest Rules.
    Entries will be accepted until March 20th, 2017.

    Entry Fee: $25 per submission. Limit of 3 entries per entrant.
    Maui life, heritage, culture, the land and the ocean surrounding the island of Maui. The 4th Annual Maui Short Story Competition is designed to encourage previously unpublished writers to explore writing about the Hawaiian island of Maui from a unique perspective. This competition is open genre. However, LAC strongly recommends keeping the subject to Maui. For example: Maui life, heritage, culture, the land and the ocean surrounding the island of Maui. Enter online at www.visitlahaina.com or submit your entry via regular mail. Entry forms also available at the Lahaina Visitor Center located at the Old Lahaina Courthouse

    Mar
    4
    Sat
    Whale and Ocean Arts Festival
    Mar 4 – Mar 5 all-day
    Whale and Ocean Arts Festival

    Saturday:
    10-11:30am Haiku Hillbillys
    11am-3pm Keiki Art Contest
    12pm-1pm Anthony Pfluke
    1pm-3pm Maui Jam
    3:15-4:15pm Na Kamali’i Wahine Nani O Lahaina Hula

    Sunday:
    10-11:30am Uncle Lui Williams
    11:30am-1pm Dan Saunders
    1pm-3pm Maui Jam
    3:30-4:30pm Arlie Asiu

    Lahaina celebrates the migration of Pacific Humpback whales with an annual Whale and Ocean Arts Festival the first weekend in March at Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina. Several Whale Research groups will educate visitors and locals alike. Artists display their best marine- themed art for sale, while Hawaiian musicians and hula troupes entertain. The event also includes a keiki art contest, lei making and face painting. Welcome the whales and enjoy the festivities this March at the Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival.

    Mar
    10
    Fri
    Second Friday
    Mar 10 all-day

    There's always something happening in Lahaina!

    Annual Favorites

    Lahaina is especially suited for events because of its intimate Front Street setting, cultural and historic significance, and reputation for hosting fun. Historic, ocean front buildings host a wide selection of eateries with casual takeout, family restaurants and fine dining. The lively art and entertainment scene, fascinating museums and historic sites co-exist with a bustling retail district. Come visit Lahaina for these annual favorites!

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    Whale And Ocean Arts Festival

    Lahaina celebrates the annual migration of Pacific Humpback whales with our upcoming Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival. Artists display their best marine-themed art for sale, while musicians and hula troupes entertain. The Keiki will enjoy a keiki ocean art contest. Prizes provided by our sponsors. The festival consists of Marine research Groups, with naturalists on hand who will talk story and offer visitors and residents opportunities to learn more about the whales and our oceans life. Each Whale group will also have information available and merchandise for sale. The Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival event will be held at Banyan Tree Park and will have live musical entertainment, Maui artists, lei making and face painting for the keiki.

    Prince Kuhio Celebration

    Known as “Ke Ali’i Maka’ainana” or the Prince of People, Kuhio is well known for his efforts to protect, preserve, and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and people. Keiki Activities and Live Entertainment at Banyan Tree Park.

    Banyan Tree Birthday

    Lahaina wishes Hau`oli la Hanau (Happy Birthday) to the Banyan Tree with a celebration in the park. Probably the most famous landmark in Lahaina – the Banyan Tree was planted in 1873 by the Sheriff to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Missionaries. The tree was brought from India, and was only 8 feet high at the time of planting. It now has a dozen main trunks, and spreads over two-thirds of an acre. The Banyan Tree is noteworthy for its size. It has grown by dropping roots from its branches that then become additional trunks. Celebrated each year the third weekend in April the festivities include a birthday cake, live music, silent auction, Maui artists, and more.

    Golf Classic

    The LahainaTown Action Committee invites golfers to its Annual Golf Classic every May at the Ka’anapali Royal Golf Course in West Maui. Golfers who participate will win the satisfaction of helping a charitable organization with a portion of the tournament proceeds benefiting Lahaina Junior Golf. A spectacular perpetual trophy for the Golf Classic was carved by the talented woodworking artist Paul Kasprzycki and will be presented at an award luncheon following the tournament. A four golfer scramble-shotgun start format where prizes, food and fun can be found at every hole. We hope you’ll join us for the Annual LahainaTown Action Committee Golf Classic – See you on the Green!

    King Kamehameha Day Parade

    King Kamehameha Day was one of the first holidays to be proclaimed when Hawaii became a state in 1959. This is a great day for the family which includes a parade, artist booths and live music. Delicious food and beverages will also be available to parade viewers. Join us on Front Street for one of Lahaina’s oldest standing traditions!

    Classic Car Show

    The Annual Classic Car show is coming back to Lahaina! This is a free event complete with live music, great food, and family fun! The classic cars can be seen on Front Street, between Dickenson and Prison Street blocks and around the Banyan Tree. See you there!

    Festivals of Aloha

    Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style! This is a day filled with Maui-made artisans and crafters, ‘ono food, hula and Hawaiian music.

    4th of July

    The LahainaTown Action Committee invites all to stroll historic Lahaina and enjoy the holiday specials in many ocean view restaurants and town shops. For an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration, come down and listen to a variety of bands play throughout Lahaina. A fireworks display lighting the night sky over Lahaina is scheduled annually at 8pm from a barge offshore of Front Street. Fireworks can be viewed from charter boats in Lahaina Harbor and on land throughout Lahaina Town. Enjoy an afternoon of great fun, food, shopping, keiki activities, entertainment and more, followed by a spectacular sunset and a fireworks celebration. Being the only public fireworks display on Maui, every year the community and businesses of Maui come together to raise money for the annual 4th of July Fireworks in Lahaina. Please consider making a pledge and keeping the celebration of independence alive in Lahaina.

    Halloween in Lahaina

    For one night each year, Front Street transforms into a giant Halloween Party, filled with family-friendly activities, live music, and of course one of the world’s most unique displays of ghosts, ghouls, and much more. You never know what you’ll find! Festivities begin on Front Street with the Annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade. Please enjoy your Halloween safely and with Aloha!

    Lighting of the Banyan Tree

    Celebrate the holidays by visiting Banyan Tree Park and watch as we ceremoniously “Light The Banyan Tree” with holiday lights. The lights are an eye-catching adornment to what is already a beautiful and majestic tree. This event includes music and entertainment, artists and more.

     

    For more information, please call Lahaina Town Action Committee at 667-9175

    Lahaina Poster Contest
    Lahaina 2016 Winners
    Lahaina 2015 Winners
    Lahaina 2014 2014 Winners
    Lahaina Poster Contest 2013 Winners
    Lahaina 2012 2012 Winners
    Lahaina 2011 2011 Winners
    Lahaina 2007 2007 Winners
    Lahaina 2006 2006 Winners
    Lahaina 2005 2005 Winners
    Lahaina 1998 1998 Winners
    Lahaina 2001 2001 Winners
    Lahaina 1993 1993 Winners

    Produced from 1989 to the present, the Official Lahaina Poster is available in the Lahaina Visitor Center at the Old Lahaina Courthouse. These collector’s items are signed and numbered by the artist and include a certificate of authenticity. If you are interested in purchasing a poster, please browse our online gallery and select a year. If a poster year is not listed, it is currently sold out.

    The current poster is sold for $25. Remaining inventory of former winning posters are sold at a special rate of only $10 while supply lasts. If you are lucky enough to live on Maui or come to visit soon, please stop by at the Visitor Center at the Old Courthouse, right between the Lahaina Harbor and the Banyan Tree. If you want your piece of Lahaina history sent to you, please call us at 808-667-9193 to arrange shipment. Framed posters are available for $250.

    Proceeds from the sale of these posters benefit programs of LahainaTown Action Committee, a nonprofit civic organization which promotes and preserves historic Lahaina.

    LahainaTown Action Committee promotes, preserves, and encourages the historical, cultural, social, commercial and environmental vitality of Lahaina.

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