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Lahaina, Maui

It’s said that Lahaina enjoyed 25 years as the capitol of the Kingdom of Hawaii between 1820 and 1845 simply because King Kamehameha III preferred the town over Oahu’s bustling Honolulu. The King knew a great little town when he saw it. Modern-day Lahaina is less freewheeling and rowdy than it was back then, when it was also the whaling capital of the Pacific. Visitors these days are lured by Lahaina’s appealing mix of small town retailers, eateries, clubs and lounges and familiar national restaurants and boutiques. The town remains as scenic as ever, too. A walk through its historic district reveals old word architecture from Lahaina’s plantation era and stunning views from Front Street across the Auau Channel to Lanai.

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