Lāhainā is the largest census-designated place on the northwest coast of Maui island, Hawaii, and the gateway to the famous Kaanapali and Kapalua beach resorts north of the community. The city is backed by volcanic peaks culminating in Puu Kukui and sheltered by thick groves of coconut palms.
In the 19th century, Lahaina (Hawaiian: “Cruel Sun”) was the center of the global whaling industry with many sailing ships anchored in at its waterfront; today a score of pleasure craft make their home there. Lahaina’s Front Street has been ranked one of the “Top Ten Greatest Streets” by the American Planning Association.
Tourism is now a leading industry. At the centre of the city is a historic banyan tree planted in 1873 and claimed to be the largest in the islands.