Lahaina, Hawaii

Sunset on beach at Mama's Fish House in Maui

Sunset at Kuau Beach at Mama’s Fish House Restaurant Maui, HI

Spent my birthday in August in Lahaina, a great little town on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Had a fun-filled week of exploring the island, snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, and visiting the shops and restaurants on and around Front Street. One of the highlights of the trip was an evening at Mama’s Fish House. What gorgeous views of the sunset, amazingly tropical grounds, and delicious food. Mama’s is about a 45 minute drive outside of Lahaina, toward the airport. There are Palm Trees everywhere and a beautiful sandy beach right in front of the restaurant.

Entrance to Mama's Fish House Restaurant

Lush entrance to Mama’s Fish House Restaurant

Mama's Fish House

Mama’s Fish House Maui, HI

We rented snorkeling gear, beach chairs, and a sun umbrella at Snorkel Bob’s in Lahaina and checked out some local spots. Really enjoyed Mokule’ia Beach which is north of Lahaina. Amazingly vibrant blue water. Could sit on the beach and enjoy the view for hours. We also saw several large sea turtles while snorkeling!

Mokule’ia Bay

Snorkeling at Mokule’ia Beach located north of Lahaina

Another beach we tried for snorkeling was Papalaua Wayside Beach, just south of Lahaina.  It’s great because it is a long, narrow beach lined with lots of trees. Just pick a spot along the beach, pull right off the highway, and you’re there! The trees provide a feeling of privacy and lots of shade.

Papalaua Wayside

Snorkeling at Papalaua Wayside Beach

A fun way to spend a day on Maui is driving the Road to Hana. There were so many breathtaking vistas along the way, but this black sand beach located at Wai’anapanapa State Park was one of my favorites. Love the contrast of the black sand against the white and blue ocean!

Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach on Road to Hana

Also loved spending evenings in the walkable downtown village of Lahaina. We stayed at the Aina Nalu which is just a few blocks from the Front Street and harbor area. So easy to walk into town to enjoy the lively restaurants, bars, and shops.

View of Lahaina "Downtown"

Lahaina downtown area restaurants have a great ocean view, right on the water!

Another bustling area to visit is Whaler’s Village where you can dine, shop, and walk a beautiful path along the beach and resorts. The cliff diving ceremony at Black Rock and the Kaapanali Sunset Luau are also in this area.

Walking Path at Whaler's Village

Walking Path at Whaler’s Village


Walking Path at Whaler's Village

Walking Path at Whaler’s Village

I think the most amazing evening in Maui was the Dinner Cruise. Being out on the water made the sunset even more spectacular. The Hawaiian singer/storyteller was excellent, and the food was delicious. Very romantic!

Dinner Cruise Sunset

Dinner Cruise Sunset

Okay, I think that sums up the most of the trip. But just wanted to include some photos of the Aina Nalu Condo we stayed in. Perfect location for walkability, and beautiful Hawaiian atmosphere. Really loved the salt water pool too.

Aina Nalu Pool

Aina Nalu salt water Pool

Aina Nalu Grounds

Aina Nalu Grounds–second swimming pool

Our Aina Nalu Condo

Our Aina Nalu Condo

Master Bedroom

Lahaina walking map

Lahaina walking map from our hotel


Some Lahaina trip planning tips:

  • I booked an airfare, car, condo package through Costco travel online.  It worked out well and was a good value.
  • The dinner cruise was through the Pacific Whale Foundation in Lahaina.
  • I don’t know if this is always the case, but while we were in Maui we were approached by several timeshare agencies and invited to attend presentations and offered discount vouchers. Out of curiosity, we gave it a try. The presentation was not short, but the presenters were knowledgeable and friendly. We did not end up buying a timeshare, but did get vouchers that practically paid for the dinner cruise and snorkel gear. Quite a pleasant surprise!


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