Lahaina, on the west side of Maui Island in Hawaii, is a charming town and excellent base for your family beach vacation. Steeped in history, Lahaina was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii before Honolulu in the 1700s.
Lahaina’s Baby Beach, which has much calmer waters than most other beaches in the area thanks to an offshore breakwater, is very popular with families.
Here, kids love the antique, open air Sugar Cane Train. This is a steam engine that used to carry sugar from the fields to the Lahaina harbor back in the plantation days. Enjoy a ride as it makes a leisurely, six-mile journey complete with narrated history, a stint over a 325-foot curved wooden trestle, and a great view of the West Maui Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. During whale season (December to May), riders often see humpback whales from the train.
Here are a few options for hotels in Lahaina that are ideal for your family’s Hawaiian vacation.
Book Lahaina Shores for the Comforts of Home
Lahaina Shores Beach Resort is the only condo vacation rental property located right on the beach. Priced very affordably, Lahaina Shores welcomes families with amenities such as a swimming pool, kayak rentals, and spacious units with plenty of room for families to spread out.
Book Royal Lahaina Resort for Amenities and Activities
The first resort built on the west side of Maui, Royal Lahaina Resort is a short walk north of Lahaina’s Old Town. Consider booking one of the affordably priced suites or cottages at Royal Lahaina Resort for more room to spread out. Kids love this resort’s exercise classes and on-site arts and crafts center.
Save Money by Booking Kaanapali Ocean Inn
The Kaanapali Ocean Inn is less than a mile from the Whalers Village shopping complex, and close to the center of the charming Lahaina historic district. Here, hotel guests enjoy access to all amenities at the adjacent Royal Lahaina Resort, including three swimming pools and restaurants.
Penny’s Place Inn Paradise Offers Value for Money in Lahaina
Penny’s Place Inn Paradise, a bed-and-breakfast property, is on Front Street in the center of the historic district of Old Lahaina Town. Just 150 feet from the ocean, book this B&B to enjoy ocean views of the island of Lana’i and Moloka’i, and the leeward beaches of Lahaina and the Kaanapali Resort and golf course area. Your family will enjoy great views and stay in a charming property offering an affordable price.
With only five total rooms, this bed-and-breakfast is a budget friendly option for families with older children who are able to stay in their own room, as the largest number of people allowed to sleep in each room is two.
Kaanapali Beach Hotel Keeps You Away from the Crowds
Kaanapali Beach Hotel offers cultural activities on site, including traditional lauhala weaving and poi making classes. Children’s programs and hula shows are available every night, providing family friendly entertainment. Choose from one of the five restaurants on site for varied dining options during your stay.