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L'O Restaurant

Hot chef James McDonald, owner of Pacific'O and the new I'O, has started a revolution with his Feast at Lele (505 Front St., Lahaina. What distinguishes the luau is that food is an integral part of the performance: each of four acts is coordinated with a tasting menu of traditional dishes such as fafa (steamed chicken and taro leaf in coconut milk) and eiota (raw fish). Desserts are divine: banana-coconut haupia; truffles made with locally grown chocolate. This is the most fabulous cooking on Maui, which is saying a lot.

505 Front Street Lahaina , 808-667-5353

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Cool Cat Cafe

If you want the best hamburger or cheeseburger in paradise, find it at the Cool Cat Cafe.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp

You’ll find us on the waterfront in Lahaina where the whole family will enjoy great seafood, friendly service and spectacular ocean views. Stop in after a day at the beach and enjoy a cold drink and a great time.

889 Front St. Lahaina , 808-661-3111

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Lahaina Grill

Lahaina Grill is located at the historic Lahaina Inn just off Front Street in Lahaina Town on the Island of Maui, and offers legendary dining service in a refined yet comfortable atmosphere.

127 Lahainaluna Road Lahaina , (808) 661-0577

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Aloha Mixed Plate

Aloha Mixed Plate - tasty dishes from the varied ethnic groups that call Hawai‘i home...

1285 Front Street Lahaina , (808)661-3322

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Aloha Mixed Plate

Aloha Mixed Plate - tasty dishes from the varied ethnic groups that call Hawai‘i home...

, (808)667-2998 ext. 235

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Paia Fish Market

"The best Fish Burger on Maui" has been a longstanding compliment that is directly attributed to the high level of expertise with which the Paia Fish Market operates.

Maui , 808-579-8030

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Maui also known as the "Valley Isle" is the 2nd largest island in the Hawaiian chain, with over 700 square miles of breathtaking scenery and coastline. The island of Maui was actually formed by two separate volcanoes, one being Mt. Haleakala which is the worlds largest dormant volcano. Haleakala rises to over 10,000 feet with sloping hills and wind swept terrain. The second of Maui's volcanoes is Puu Kukui, which is located on the west side of the island and receives over 400 inches of rainfall annually.

Kahului and Wailuku are Maui’s two largest communities and flow together to form the island’s largest urban sprawl. This is where regular folks live, work and shop. Kahului is the commercial center. The main road, Kaahumanu Avenue is a collection of stores, banks and office buildings and a mile-long strip of shopping centers.

Lahaina has a long and varied history, which is now woven into the fabric of the present-day town. The earliest settlers of Maui stepped foot on its shores around 450 A.D – and some think even earlier. However, it was the prosperity of the 1800s and the foresight of King Kamehameha that put Lahaina on the map.

In 1802, King Kamehameha pronounced that the West Maui town of Lahaina would be the capital of his Hawaiian island kingdom. He even built a brick palace on the shores of Lahaina (the ruins of which are still there) along with other royal buildings and residences on a site called Moku`ula. Lahaina served as the seat of government for over 50 years, until the capital moved to Honolulu.

In the 1800s, Lahaina was also a major whaling port and fishing town, thanks to the calm harbor and it’s location on the whale migration routes. Also known as Lele, which means “Land of Relentless Sun,” the weather was a major draw for immigrants as well. However, the bawdy sailors had to share the immigration limelight with the missionaries that were also attracted to the area. This brought about a battle of virtues – the missionaries had many virtues and the sailors had none. Eventually, with the construction of missionary schools, the introduction of the missionaries of the printing press on the island and the construction of a prison for sailors in 1853, the missionaries won out and tamed the nautical culture.

In 1873, the now-famous Banyan Tree was first planted by the courthouse by the sheriff of Old Lahaina Town, William Owen Smith. Its original purpose was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lahaina’s first Christian Mission. In 1886, it served as the site for a birthday party for King Kamehameha III, and in 1898 was the site of a ceremony marking Hawaii becoming a United States territory.

Lahaina has moved with the times, and now the wooden buildings along Front Street were once outfitters for sailors and grog houses are now unique shops and art galleries. The port that was once where whalers’ ships docked is now where tourists take boat excursions. However, the past is always present in Lahaina.


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