Port of Call  Lahaina (Maui), Hawaii

Lahaina (Maui), Hawaii

Cruise ship at Lahaina, Maui. Cruise ships anchor off Lahaina and tender passengers into the small port next to Banyan Tree Park.

Lahaina (Maui) Shore Excursions

Banyan Tree Park

Banyan Tree Park

Next to the tender quay, Banyan Tree Park is home to just one tree. But this one tree spreads out to over an acre, and has 13 major trunks, in addition to the huge central trunk. The tree was planted in 1873 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Christian missionary work in Maui. It’s a great place for a welcome rest in the shade.

Front Street

Front Street

Famous Front Street, which runs along the coastline, is a popular thoroughfare packed with speciality shops, excellent restaurants, welcoming bars and lively nightclubs. To reach the busy section of Front Street from the tender dock, wander through Banyan Tree Park, then turn left.

Baldwin Home Museum

Baldwin Home Museum

The Baldwin Home Museum dates back to 1834, when the Rev. Dwight Baldwin moved into the house to take up his work as a missionary and a physician. The house has now been faithfully restored to resemble its original state, and chronicles life in Lahaina 150 years ago. The house is just inland from Banyan Tree Park.

Japanese Jodo Mission

Japanese Jodo Mission

The Japanese Jodo Mission was started in 1912 by Japanese immigrants working on the pineapple and sugar plantations. The grounds are open for visitors, and you can wander around a huge Budda, and see the Temple, the Pagoda, and the Bell Tower (but no entry to the inside of these). A beautiful beach contours past the Mission grounds, ideal for a meditative stroll. The mission is located off Front Street, about a 15 minute walk from the Banyan tree.

Ka’anapali Beach

Ka’anapali Beach

Ka’anapali Beach is Maui’s favorite resort beach and fronts several large hotels. There’s lots of sand to explore – a useful reference point is Black rock, which is the black lava promontory standing at the northern end of the main beach. Beyond Black rock there’s lovely Kahelili beach. To the south, the beach continues for nearly a mile to Hanakoo Beach Park. A boardwalk runs behind the sands, with easy access to shops, restaurants and beach rental concessions. Facilities available include public restrooms and showers. To get to Kaanapali beach from Lahaina, take a cab, or hop on the #25 Ka’anapali Islander bus at the back of the Wharf Cinema Center (across from Banyon Tree park) and take the 30-minute ride to Whalers Village in Kaanapali.

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