Lahaina is packed full of interesting history. And you can go discover it while you’re there! There is an 1831 fort that stands on the edge of the sea, and it still contains its original cannons. There’s also a whaling ship from the 1800s that was sunk a little ways from shore, which you can explore if you go diving at Lahaina. Many of the buildings date back many decades, and visitors can stay the night in a historic home. Of course, like every other coastal town in Hawaii, there is also plenty to do in the sun and sea.
Paia was built around a sugar plantation that was in operation from 1880 to 2000. This town attracted mostly plantation workers until the mid-20th Century, and in the 1970s it became famous as the “Wind Surf Capital of the World.” Today, pro wind surfers still travel from around the world to practice and compete in Paia’s waters. This, of course, makes it a wonderful place for visitors to relax on the sand and watch the windsurf show.
Did you know Hawaii has a ranching and rodeo culture? It is technically in the west, after all. If you want to see the best of it, head to Honokaa on Western Weekend. On other days of the year, you can still ride horses through the beautiful valley, marveling at waterfalls and enjoying majestic ocean views.
Lanai City is the center of the island of Lanai and was built as a pineapple plantation town. Dole Park is the most important location in Lanai City; it’s a grassy park around which all the businesses in the town are built.
Step back in time when you enter Kaunakakai. You’ll experience life as it once was in all of Molokai: meet Hawaiian cowboys, see people fish for their dinner, visit the last royal coconut grove, and view the house where King Kamehameha V once lived.