Lahaina Harbor is one of the major harbors in Maui. It has a long history and is an important part of the island. Lahaina Harbor itself was constructed back in 1955.  However, it’s history goes further back when it was called the Port of Lahaina. Back then, Lahaina was still the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. This was during the reign of King Kamehameha III. The port was an important destination for the whalers who hunted for sperm whales in the Pacific. Whale fat was used to make oil that was an important commodity. It was used as fuel for lamps and for the Lahaina Lighthouse. Other parts of the whales were also used. Christian missionaries also lived in Lahaina during this time. The presence of these two groups in Lahaina often resulted in conflicts that at one time lead to the shelling of Lahaina Town. Lahaina Fort was constructed to mitigate these fights and to protect Lahaina town from attacks.

Nowadays, Lahaina Harbor is one of the main attractions for tourists in West Maui since it is the location of several tour operators that offer a myriad of water activities. If you want to explore and marvel at the underwater beauty of Maui, you can join the different snorkeling tours that depart here. If you want to explore it more, there are scuba diving tours available here. Couples can enjoy a romantic dinner on one of the dinner or sunset cruises here. There are also Submarine Tours in Lahaina Harbor that are a great way for kids to learn about marine life. If you are a fishing enthusiast, you can choose from any of the bottom or deep sea fishing trips here. During the winter months, Whale Watching tours are available that lets guests see Hawaii’s seasonal visitors.

If you are not interested in water activities, there are points of interest in Lahaina Harbor that you can explore. The Lahaina Lighthouse is nearby. It is the first navigation aid in Hawaii and is also the first lighthouse in the US Pacific. The Banyan Tree Park is just across the street from the harbor. This is a great place to relax and enjoy a quiet time. There are also arts and crafts stalls during the weekends here.

Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.

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