It was the sunsets that did me in. For two weeks straight, at 5:30 sharp, I’d run down to the beach (that beautiful, blissful, sandy stretch of inspiration), camera in hand, intent on capturing the ultimate sunset picture. Mind you it usually takes a good ten to fifteen minutes for the sun to set just about anywhere, including setting over the Pacific Ocean via Ka'anapali Beach in Maui.
We did most of our shopping along the docks of Lahaina where we booked our whale watching excursion (alas, November proved too early for whales), our sunset cruise (oh, how novel; another sunset to capture)
The bottom line on the city of Lahaina.
- Verdict: You don't want to miss Maui's colorful version of tacky tourist. Sandwiched
between all those shops and galleries is a legendary night life, particularly on Halloween,
the options for food and fun as plentiful as the people and the colorful sunsets.
- How to Get There: There's only one main road (and that's a two-laner) that traverses the
Northwest side of Maui, Route 30, so it's a no brainer finding Lahaina.
- Insider Information: They obviously did not pave paradise and put up a parking lot, so
parking can be a problem. Be aware unmanned lots use non-descript pay stations that are
notorious for leaving unsuspecting tourists with hefty fines. Parking is free along Front Street
for those adept at parallel parking in the tinests of spaces, and then for only 3 hours at a
time, which means if you head out for a sunset cruise at 5 p.m. and return just after 8 p.m.
you may be in trouble.
- Nearby Food: Another no brainer given the plethora of options up and down Front Street.
Our favorite was Cool Cat's, just across from the Banyon Tree and upstairs.