Under the Banyan Tree on the Boardwalks of Old Town Lahania, Maui, Hawaii, USA


The old town area of Lahania contains one of the most historic and largest Banyan Tree’s in the United States. It anchors a wonderful historic area, along with an afternoon of shopping along it’s main street, finishing with an opportunity for some ocean water viewing at the end of the Lahania strip. It’s a must visit area on any trip to Kaanapali.

This post is one chapter on our trip to Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii, United States of America. This trip was redeemed through Alaska Mileage Plan on a 2 for 1 Companion Fare and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Activity: Under the Banyan Tree on the Boardwalks of Old Town Lahania, Maui, Hawaii, United States of America

After several days on the beach at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, it was time for a trip into nearby Lahania. Lahania is pretty much the gateway town for the Kaanapali and Kapalua beach area. Lahania was the original capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1820 to 1845 before the capital was moved to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Marvelling at the Banyan Tree:

We self drove down from the hotel and parked at the south end. We started at the fantastic and awesome Banyan Tree. The tree is reportedly the largest in the United States and was planted in 1873. WT73Jr had a great look into the tree, which takes up a whole city block.

Taking a First Look at a Historic Banyan Tree
Wandering through America’s Largest Banyan Tree
A Massive Tree

Wandering down Lahania’s Main Street:

After the Banyan Tree, we wandered up the quaint but highly touristy street. Its full of souvenir shops and restaurants for visitors, but that’s what you came here for in the first place…

Historic Buildings in Lahania

With window shopping on the mind, we wandered aimlessly through town.

Wandering through Lahania Main Street
Walking through Timeshare Resales and Art Galleries
Even ABC Stores has a home on Main Street

It wasn’t long before we came up to the waterfront. You can see a little ways out towards the sea way between the islands here, making for a very picturesque Main Street Walk.

Viewing Water Shores on Lahania’s Main Street
A Beautiful Walk along a Historic Street
The Family Taking in the Sights
Historic Trees
Taking in Sunny Skies
A Beautiful Walk

My son was particularly interested in the tiny crabs that decided to visit the sidewalk.

Crabs Visiting the Shore Line
Checking Out the Crabs

Picking up Fish Taco’s:

As our breakfast wore off, we had the opportunity to eat at the Paia Fish Market on Front Street It was on our way through town and the looked like best available option. This place was a little gem full of seemly visiting locals. We had fresh and tasty fish tacos, rice and coleslaw with lemon. Divine!

Stopping at Paia’s Fish Market – Lahania
Fish Tacos, Coleslaw with Spicy Rice

My Thoughts on Walking in Lahania:

Lahania is a beautiful tourist destination that actually has a little bit of history to it. In addition to a fabulous Banyan Tree, it has a wonderful and touristy Main Street walk that happens to over lap the ocean. While any tourist row can be enjoyable for a visit, this one has a Hawaiian ocean charm. It’s worth a visit on your way through Kaanapali, Maui, United States of America.

If you’ve visited Lahania, Maui, USA did you find it a charming tourist destination worthy of a visit ?

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