Lahaina Front Street & Banyan Court Park

Lahaina Front Street & Banyan Court Park

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Insider tip or tourist spot?
Known and much going on
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Time needed:
3 hours
Optimal arrival time:
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Lahaina Front Street & Banyan Court Park - description

Waldbrand 2023 – Lahaina und Banyan Tree zerstört?

Historisch betrachtet hat Lahaina schon viele Veränderungen und Herausforderungen erlebt, doch die Ereignisse des 8. August 2023 haben eine tiefe Wunde hinterlassen: An diesem tragischen Tag wüteten Wald- und Buschbrände über die Insel, und das charmante Hafenstädtchen Lahaina stand im Zentrum der Verwüstung. Fast die gesamte Stadt stand in Flammen, ca. 3000 Gebäude wurden zerstört und mehr als 100 Menschen verloren ihr Leben.


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Inmitten des Infernos wurde auch der 150-jährige Banyan-Tree, eines der Wahrzeichen von Lahaina, erfasst und man ging zunächst davon aus, dass auch dieser vollständig zerstört wurde. Doch die neusten Erkenntnisse zeigen: Obwohl er schweren Schaden erlitten hat, sind Experten zuversichtlich, dass er sich erholen kann.


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Und dennoch: Lahaina blickt auf einer Herausforderung von gewaltigem Ausmaß: dem Wiederaufbau, der viele Milliarden Dollar und unzählige Arbeitsstunden erfordern wird.

Auch du kannst helfen!

Die Gemeinschaft auf Maui benötigt jetzt jede erdenkliche Unterstützung, um wieder auf die Beine zu kommen. Es gibt verschiedene Möglichkeiten, wie du helfen kannst:

Habitat for Humanity – Maui: Diese Organisation bietet eine Vielzahl von Spendenmöglichkeiten an, von Einzelspenden über geplante Spenden bis hin zu Sachspenden. Auch Freiwilligenarbeit wird angeboten, um vor Ort zu helfen und die Gemeinschaft wieder aufzubauen​.

Darüber hinaus empfiehlt Maui County ( für Geldspenden diese Institutionen:

Jede Spende, ob groß oder klein, ist ein Schritt in Richtung Heilung und hilft dabei, die Schönheit und das Gemeinschaftsgefühl, das Maui und insbesondere Lahaina auszeichnet, wiederherzustellen. So können wir alle einen Beitrag zur Überwindung dieser Krise leisten und die Hoffnung auf eine bessere Zukunft nähren.

Lahaina vor dem Inferno

Aus historischen Gründen, und in der Hoffnung, dass durch die Großzügigkeit von Spenden und den Einsatz helfender Hände Lahaina in seiner ursprünglichen Schönheit wiederaufgebaut werden kann, halten wir unseren damaligen Beitrag zu Lahaina online:

If you're in the mood for history, culture or just some urban flair, you can plan a half day in Lahaina, an interesting historic town at the foot of the West Maui Mountains. In the days of whaling, all hell broke loose here. Even today, Lahaina is a bustling city with about 11,700 inhabitants. However, the hustle and bustle in the streets and along the harbour is no longer caused by drunken sailors but by tourists. Economically and administratively, Kahului and Wailuku are more important, but Lahaina is culturally the most important city in Maui and an American National Historic Landmark.
Many visit the city for that. Many tourists also shop on the famous Front Street. Cruise ships dock here and many tours (to Lanai, Molokai or whale watching) also start from Lahaina.

Good to know
Lahaina was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Since 1846, it is Honolulu.

Hermann Melville spent a few months in Lahaina in 1843. What he experienced here was incorporated into his novel "Moby Dick".

Not all houses here are from the pioneer era, they just look like they are from the 19th century. New buildings are obliged to have an old-looking "mask".

In Lahaina, it is often hot and dry. However, it rains frequently in the West Maui Mountains, which are not far away. That is why there are often magnificent rainbows above the city.

Banyan Court Park
The name of this park comes from the fact that the largest banyan tree in Hawaii is located here. At first, it may look like you're in a small forest. But no: everything that grows here over an area of almost 3,000 square meters is a single tree.
Banyan is a species of fig that spreads to other trees until its aerial roots reach the earth, the banyan grows stronger and its host tree cannot survive under the load. Its proportions here in Lahaina are mighty.
There is always something going on around and under the Banyan Tree. Markets and cultural events take place here and people relax in its soothing shade from the "merciless sun" (that's what Lahaina means).
Towards the harbour is the Old Lahaina Court House located. The courthouse was built in 1859. Conveniently, at that time the building housed not only the court but also a jail. Today it houses a visitor centre, the Lahaina Heritage Museum and two galleries of the Lahaina Arts Society.
Directly behind the Banyan Tree is the harbour. The Pioneer Inn on Wharf Street is the oldest hotel on the island.

Highlights on Front Street
Cafés, bars, stores, galleries - along Front Street, visitors bustle about. They are looking for postcards or paintings, jewelry, a delicious lunch or simply a bottle of water.

At the corner of Front Street and Dickons Street in the middle of a lush green park stands the Baldwin House. Dwight Baldwin lived in this house which was built in 1834. He was a well-known natural scientist and Protestant missionary. It is interesting to visit (the entrance fee is only 3 $) this building because it also offers insight into the history of missionary work in Hawaii.

Among galleries and clothing stores, another building stands out: at 858 Front Street is the Wo Hing Temple, a temple built by Chinese in 1912 that is now a museum of Chinese culture and history in Hawaii. By the way, the ticket to Baldwin House is also valid here. At the end of Front Street is a Japanese Buddhist temple.
These and other cultural and historical sights are summarized in the so-called Lahaina Historical Trail. More than 60 sites can be visited and explored on your own. The tour takes about an hour. The city guide is available at the visitor centre in the Courthouse at the Banyan tree.

Directions and parking
Lahaina is located on Highway 30, a very well developed road. From Kahului it is less than 25 miles to Lahaina. You should plan about 45 minutes by car. Public buses (the Lahaina Islander) also drive this route.
Highway 3000 is a bypass road. It leads around Lahaina to merge back into Highway 30 north of the town. Despite the bypass, however, there can be heavy car traffic in Lahaina at rush hour, as many explore Frontstreet with their rental cars.
Free (and much sought-after) parking is available, for example, at the corner of Front Street and Prison Street. At the shopping centre "Outlets of Maui" there are more, however costly, parking spaces.

Around Lahaina
If you want to combine the trip to Lahaina with a day at the beach, you can do that at Ka'anapali Beach or Baby Beach.
But Lahaina can also be combined well with a day trip on and around Highway 30. Along the spectacular coastline, there are beautiful bays, great viewpoints and great short hikes, for example to the famous Nakalele Blowhole.

What we say

A stroll along Lahaina Front Street takes you past both historic and modern buildings. Besides a lot of souvenirs, there are also handicrafts, clothing, paintings and jewellery to admire. A shopping trip is worthwhile.
Our checklist & tips:
  • If you are interested in arts and crafts, you will find something here
  • Versatile small stores and boutiques
  • Lots of bars, restaurants and ice cream vendors
  • Definitely look at the huge Banyan tree, which you can only fit on a panorama picture because of its size

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Address: 671 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Longitude: -156.677602
Latitude: 20.871789

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