Several small towns located on northwestern end of Maui pack lots of different experiences along the area known as West Maui. This part of the island is home to the towns of Ka’anapali, Lahaina, Kahana, Launiupoko, and Olowalu. From the historic whaling village of Lahaina peppered with numerous art galleries and great restaurants to the glorious beaches and well-maintained trails and snorkeling just off shore in Olowalu and Launiupoko, residents can find all that is necessary for an active, cultured, and happy day-to-day life.
Lahaina, the former capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, boasts the many unique shops, galleries and restaurants of Lahaina Town, as well as the Friday Night Art Walk, and even Broadway style shows at the Maui Theater. Head to one of the delicious restaurants in Lahaina for dinner and breathtaking sunset views, such as Pacific’O and I’O or enjoy breakfast at Longhi’s. This historic town puts residents in a prime location with every opportunity to experience all that Maui has to offer.
Within a 5-10 minute drive from Lahaina are the communities of Launiupoko and Olowalu. With glorious beaches and miles of community trails for hiking or biking, homes in this area offer gentle trade winds, incredible views of Lanai and Molokai, and the occasional afternoon shower unveiling spectacular rainbows. Watch stand-up paddle boarders and surfers off the Launiupoko Beach Park from the hillside while eating a picnic lunch or participate yourself. Surrounded by friendly outdoor oriented people, those who live in this more relaxed area enjoy larger lots with open views of the ocean and outer islands as well as a dramatic backdrop of the surrounding mountains. With great communities where your neighbors truly know each other and frequently see one another walking dogs or driving golf carts through the area, the area also offers many small farms, orchards and private gardens. Launiupoko offers a feeling of being miles away from the hustle and bustle of Lahaina yet close enough to all the attractions and amenities offered with island style living.
With more of an upscale resort feel, Ka’anapali and Kahana are again, just a short hop from Lahaina with a completely different feel. Ka’anapali is home to the major hotels—the Westin, the Hyatt, and the Sheraton. While in Ka’anapali, head to the beautiful beaches and go scuba diving or snorkeling. For those less interested in the beach, Ka’anapali Golf Resort has two spectacular courses. A night out in Ka’anapali includes a meal at a delicious restaurant in Whaler’s Village shopping mall followed by drinks at one of the surrounding great bars or clubs.
With so many different aspects of Hawaiian life and culture in such a compact area, a home in Lahaina, Ka’anapali, Kahana, Launiupoko, or Olowalu can be anything you want it to be. From golf to scuba, art to gourmet cuisine, beaches to history, whales to resorts, this area has access to every aspect any Hawaii home could require.