Lahaina

Overview for Lahaina, HI

23,473 people live in Lahaina, where the median age is 40.3 and the average individual income is $43,670. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

23,473

Total Population

40.3 years

Median Age

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$43,670

Average individual Income

Welcome to Lahaina

Best place to watch the humpback whales in Lahaina Harbor
 
 
Lahaina is the largest census-designated place in West Maui. Formerly called Lele (Hawaiian for "relentless sun"), Lahaina is a historic town that has become a cultural mecca known for its many art galleries, one-of-a-kind eateries, and chic boutiques. Most of this historic whaling village, which served as the Hawaiian capital in the 1800s, is preserved and maintains its authentic old-world charm. Lahaina is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walking down Front Street, one of the "Top Ten Greatest Streets," according to the American Planning Association, is a great way to experience the rich history of this town. Once the hub of the global whaling industry, Lahaina is now a fantastic place to watch the humpback whales, which are now legally protected, frolic in the ocean from November to May. Compared to the surrounding towns, Lahaina enjoys a sunny and dry environment.

Despite its rich history, Lahaina boasts a lively atmosphere, with an exciting nightlife scene complete with bars and entertainment venues. Its sandy beaches only cater to the area’s bustling ambiance, providing ideal waters for surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, and diving.

What to Love

  • Rich history
  • A warm, dry climate
  • The remarkable Lahaina Banyan Tree
  • Home to some of the best entertainment in Maui
  • A variety of Lahaina houses for sale to choose from

Local Lifestyle - Living in Lahaina

Lahaina residents are close to a host of activities and events. Residents love spending time surfing at Breakwall near the Lahaina Harbor. Tourists enjoy Maui's best seaside Luaus, where they can eat, drink and watch traditional Polynesian dances. Lahaina Harbor is the perfect departure point for a whale-watching adventure in the winter. Seeing humpback whales is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the channel off the coast of Lahaina is one of the best spots in the world to do so.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

For arguably the best food in Lahaina, head to Lahaina Grill. This popular restaurant was crowned the #1 Best Restaurant in the US by TripAdvisor in 2022. Delicious steaks and authentic Hawaiian delicacies are just two examples of the delectable fare served at this restaurant.

Star Noodle’s steady stream of patrons is largely in part due to its creative takes on Asian classics. Here, customers can enjoy heaping portions of noodle bowls, sushi, and more in a modern setting with oceanfront views.

Head to the rooftop bar at Fleetwood's on Front Street for stunning views of the ocean and live music or dine inside the restaurant’s romantically-lit dining area for a taste of fresh seafood. Inside the eatery, you’ll enjoy plush seating, flickering, lit candles, and a sophisticated atmosphere ideal for special occasions.

New England-inspired eats are served in an airy, industrial-themed restaurant just steps from the ocean at Honu Oceanside. Delectable bites like shrimp cocktails, truffle fries, seafood scampi, brick-oven pizzas, and Po boys are all served at this popular hangout.

Mediterranean-style cuisine entices customers at Mala Tavern. This rustic-chic eatery located directly on the ocean is a must-visit for those who enjoy fresh seafood, hand-patted burgers on brioche buns, and hand-tossed pizzas heaped with quality ingredients.

Things to Do in Lahaina

Watch the night sky light up with bursts of color at the Lahaina Spectacular Fireworks Show, a highly awaited community event taking place on the Fourth of July. You can watch the show from the ocean along Front Street. Another widely anticipated event on Front Street is its Halloween festivities, which bring thousands of community members in costume to the iconic street for delicious cuisine, fun activities, live music, and more.

Enjoy dinner and a show at Old Lahaina Luau, an oceanfront restaurant home to some of the island’s best luau performances. Dine on authentic Hawaiian fare while surrounded by an airy space lit with tiki torches in this infamous culinary and entertainment destination.
 

Schools in Lahaina

Lahaina is home to several top-performing private and public schools in the area, such as:
 
  • Lahainaluna High School, Public
  • Maui Preparatory Academy, Private

 

Demographics and Employment Data for Lahaina, HI

Lahaina has 7,272 households, with an average household size of 3.18. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Lahaina do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 23,473 people call Lahaina home. The population density is 246.31 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

23,473

Total Population

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

40.3

Median Age

49.93 / 50.07%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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18-24 Years

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
7,272

Total Households

3.18

Average Household Size

$43,670

Average individual Income

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Around Lahaina, HI

There's plenty to do around Lahaina, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Thai Taste 65, HeleWai Eco Tours, and Humpback Divers.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.55 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.18 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.18 miles 50 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.32 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.55 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.5 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Lahaina, HI

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The following schools are within or nearby Lahaina. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Maui Preparatory Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
King Kamehameha III Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Lahaina Intermediate School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
Princess Nahienaena Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Sacred Hearts School & Early Learning Center
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Mana'o'io Baptist Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Lahainaluna High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
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