West Maui Dining
Lāhainā is West Maui’s dining destination of choice. On Front Street, cool down with iced coffee over breakfast at Belle Surf Café. For lunch, order a lobster grilled cheese, any kind of fish or shaved ice at Down The Hatch. Mick Fleetwood’s on Front St. is the town’s hot spot for rooftop panoramas of paradise over upscale casual American, and the Aloha Fridays extended Happy Hour goes from 11 to 4. In Kapalua, farm-to-fork Merriman’s beckons for elegant romance with ocean views over sophisticated regional cuisine.
Tour Hawaiian Farms
Agriculture is still a major Maui industry — and way of life. Find out how premium coffee is grown, and the whole field-to-cup process, at MauiGrown Coffee, a 500-acre estate in the West Maui Mountains outside Lāhainā. Not something you see every day, Maui Dragon Fruit Farm, just five minutes outside Lāhainā, cultivates 27 organic acres of its namesake, plus other exotics like pineapple, papaya, mango and banana. Take a guided walking tour to see 16 varieties of dragon fruit, learn about the unusual produce, the farm’s background and the area’s agricultural past.
Visit Lāhainā Town
Once a mid-1800s whalers’ village, modern-day Lāhainā is a relaxed, sunny oceanfront West Maui hub with a fun surf town ambiance. Spending the day visiting the original shops, galleries, coffeehouses, bars and restaurants, plus heritage buildings and historic sites. Lively Front Street, often ranked tops in the U.S., is the place to be. Be sure to snap a picture in front of the town’s mascot: a century-old banyan tree, the oldest on the island. The area’s other retail center is Whalers Village oceanfront shopping mall in Kā’anapali.