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5 Fun Things to Do in Lahaina, Maui Island of Hawai’i

There are so many fun things to do in Lahaina Maui, an island in Hawai’i! If you are looking for stuff to do in Maui for your next trip, take a look at these Lahaina activities.

5 Fun Things to Do in Lahaina, Maui Island of Hawai'i

Fun things to do in Maui

Have you ever visited the Hawaiian islands? If not, they are truly as beautiful as you have heard and we love everything about Hawai’i.

We recently visited Maui and stayed in the Lahaina area. Lahaina is on the west side of the island, which is pretty developed but still has amazing scenic tropical mountain and ocean views. If you are looking for a laid-back, family-friendly island vacation, we recommend Lahaina, Maui, Hawai’i.

View from Kaanapali Diamond Club Resort Maui

There are plenty of Maui activities for families!

If you are looking for things to do in Lahaina, Maui, there are plenty of amazing activities in the area. From swimming, shopping, luaus, and exploring the west side of the island, to more exciting things like snorkeling, sailing, and cliff jumping, you will find some amazing things to do with your family!

Hawaiian pineapples in Maui

Best Things to Do in Lahaina Maui

We loved spending time in Lahaina on the west side of Maui. Here are some fun Maui activities for families and free things to do in Maui when you visit.

1. Swam and relaxed at Kapalua Bay beach in Maui

If you don’t do anything else in Hawai’i, you definitely have to go to the beach! There are lots of beaches to choose from so it won’t be hard to find one. We went to Kapalua Bay, which is a little bit north of Lahaina, and had lots of families sunbathing and swimming in the ocean.

Kapalua Bay Beach in Maui

This is a good beach in Lahaina Maui because it is small and enclosed so the water is on the calm side. We did not snorkel but we heard that you can see fish and sea turtles at this location if you do! If you are looking for free things to do in Maui, visiting the beach is a great choice.

Families at the Kapalua Bay beach in Lahaina Maui Hawaii

2. We explored Lahaina Front Street

Lahaina Front Street runs along the ocean in the Downtown Lahaina area and is home to many clothing & souvenir shops, restaurants, art galleries, and more fun activities to do in Maui. If you are looking for a little low-key walking, shopping, and people-watching, make sure you spend some time around here.

Lahaina Front Street in Maui

We ate at Lahaina Fish Co. for lunch and I do highly recommend stopping in for a bite! The seared ahi steak was amazing, as well as the ahi poke tostadas and the ahi katsu rice bowl. Can you tell we like fish?!

Shop on Lahaina Front Street

3. We lounged & enjoyed our Maui resort property

Our resort in Lahaina Maui was nothing short of paradise. We stayed at the Ka’anapali Beach Club and just loved the lush resort grounds, our wonderful suite with amazing ocean and mountain views, the large pool with waterfalls and a waterslide, an open-air cafe and bar, and more!

Swimming pool with ocean view at the Kaanapali Beach Club Resort Maui

This is a Diamond Resorts property and was available on Airbnb, but it is typically a members-only type of property. You can book this Lahaina resort through various travel sites, such as Kayak. Click here to check availability.

Kaanapali Beach Club lobby waterfall

Swimming in Lahaina Maui

4. We ate lots of amazing Hawaiian food in Lahaina

As mentioned above, we ate at Lahaina Fish Co. on Lahaina Front Street and loved the food at tiki bar style restaurant Kitchen 5315! Again, ahi was the star, but they had several other amazing dishes like their huge Luau plate with your choice of meats, fish, and sides.

Food plate rice sushi rolls from Lahaina Fish Co

We ate tons at our hotel cafe, which was pretty good poolside food, and we also stopped at a couple of coffee shops, had some amazing grocery store poke, and sampled lots of amazing local fruits and treats at a roadside market (see below!).

5. Stopped and indulged at a roadside market

We were driving along a highway-style road and spotted a turnout with an open-air market! We had to stop by and see what they had, and I am so glad we did.

Olowalu Juice Stand Maui Island

There were so many amazing fruits and local veggies, Hawaiian treats, like toasted coconut, and even fresh juiced sugar cane (used to be a huge market for sugar cane in Maui) and other tropical drinks made on site. I wish we could have taken it all back with us!

Roadside Farmers Market Maui Hawaii

Lahaina is a place you must see in Maui

We hope you are able to get some ideas for fun stuff to do on your trip to Maui. The Lahaina area is so nice and laid-back, it is a must-visit when you are on the island! On our next visit, we definitely want to make it out to a luau, try some hula lessons, and even do some cliff jumping at Blackrock Beach! Enjoy your trip.

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