Lahaina was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1820 to 1845. It was once an important destination for the 19th century whaling fleet, whose presence at Lahaina frequently led to conflicts with the Christian missionaries living there. In Lahaina, the focus of activity is along Front Street, which dates back to the 1820s. It is lined with stores and restaurants, and is often packed with tourists. Banyan Tree Square features an exceptionally large banyan tree planted in 1873 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the missionaries. It is also the site of the reconstructed ruins of Lahaina Fort, originally built in 1832. Lahaina is a town located in West Maui, Maui County, Hawaii. Lahaina has a resident population of about 10,000 the only town of substance in West Maui. Lahaina means "cruel sun" in Hawaiian, describing droughts that affect the area. During the heavy tourist seasons, the population can bloat to nearly 40,000 people.
Go take a trip to see the banyan tree in Courthouse Square. The banyan tree produces a strangling fig, it has grown by dropping roots from its branches that then become additional trunks.
Did you know that the Plantation Course at Kapalua hosts the PGA Mercedes Championships every January? Now you do so make plans to visit next year.
Also every November, Lahaina hosts the Maui Invitational, one of the top early-season tournaments in college basketball. It usually has three or four of the top teams in the country.