Lahaina Center intermingles an odd mix of activities and destinations.
• A free outdoor ancient Hawaiian village cultural exhibit and hula show
• Popular restaurants - Hard Rock Cafe
and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
• The famous Warren and Annabelle's Magic Show
• Our favorite vacation shopping destination - Hilo Hatties
• A rarity on Front Street - parking!
Lahaina Center - Hawaiian Culture
Where else can you find giant carved wooden Hawaiian statues spread throughout an outdoor shopping mall? We enjoy just strolling along searching for artifacts.
A free outdoor exhibit - Hale Kahiko (ancient house) - is a replica of a portion of a Hawaiian village. Hale Kahiko includes three hale (houses) - one each for eating, sleeping and craft making.
This exhibit also hosts a Keiki (kid's) free Maui hula show - normal schedule is 2:30pm Wednesdays and 3:30pm Fridays.
Lahaina Center - Hilo Hatties
Lahaina Center is the home of our favorite store - Hilo Hatties - filled with reasonably priced Hawaiian music, clothes, candy, calenders, keepsakes and take home gifts for friends.
Each year our youngest daughter like to visit the jewelry counter at Hilo Hatties and open an oyster for pearls. This is inexpensive - less than $10. The ladies behind the counter make the experience of anticipating what will happen when the pearl is discovered a fun one.
Then we usually end up making the optional purchase (this is where they make their money!) of mounting the pearl in a ring or necklace.
Our daughter then has a story to tell about her Maui vacation each time someone compliments her on her pearls.
We sometimes combine a quick purchase at Hilo Hatties (to get free parking!) with a stroll down Front Street.
Lahaina Center - Parking
We not only like Lahaina Center for some of our favorite stores and Hawaiian culture, but for something hard to find in Lahaina - parking
Parking is even free for two hours if you make a purchase at one of the shops in Lahaina Center.
View a store and parking map of Lahaina Center.
Lahaina Center - Restaurants and Shows
If you are not driving and don't need the parking lot, the easiest way to locate Lahaina Center as you are walking along Front Street is just to turn at the side street (Papalaua) at the Hard Rock Cafe
This restaurant, along with Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
and Warren and Annabelle's Magic Show
, just look like normal buildings along Front Street, but they are part of the open air shopping complex known as Lahaina Center.
Lahaina from Lahaina Center