Lahaina Heritage Museum

Lahaina Heritage Museum offers visitors a comprehensive, interactive look at the rich and varied history of Lahaina from pre-contact Hawai‘i to the Monarchy era, including the missionary and whaling period, and from the Plantation era to early tourism. Not only has Lahaina seen it all, but this picturesque village has played a significant role in the development of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Republic, Territory and State of Hawai‘i. The museum exhibit, “Always Lahaina” marks the first time Lahaina’s full story is told in one location.

Complementing the museum on the second floor landing is a large, topographical map of Maui island with features that light up when touched, an historic timeline of Hawai‘i’s history, and the 1898 Kingdom of Hawai‘i flag that once flew over the courthouse. Displayed along the ground floor hallways are poignant black-and-white photos of Lahaina’s sites and scenes in the early 20th century.

Educational panels about the islands’ natural environment, a touch-screen kiosk and videos about the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary are also incorporated in the exhibits, since Lahaina’s calm waters are birthing and breeding grounds for North Pacific humpback whales. A grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the nonprofit arm of National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, provided funding for the interpretive displays, cases for artifacts, narrative recordings and the video theater.


648 Wharf Street
at Banyan Tree Park, Lahaina

Hours of Operation:

Open Daily
9:00am – 5:00pm

Admission Fee:

Free admission

Free Guided Tours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM (Tours Start on the Hour)
Meet on the Makai (Ocean-side) Steps, facing the Harbor Flagpole

Tour Schedule: 

10 AM – KE KAI – Ocean, Voyaging and Ancient Society

11 AM – HANA NO‘EAU – Master Crafts, Essential Plants and Daily Life

12 PM – UA MAU KE EA + CONTACT TO TODAY – Hawaiian Nation, Western Arrival, Whaling and Plantation Eras

Kerosene Stove from the 1940s

Kerosene Stove – 1940s

Hawaiian Ancient Tool

Replica Hawaiian Adze

Whaling Spears from Lahaina's whaling past

Harpoon Gun and Lances – 1850s

Lahaina i ka malu ‘ulu o Lele – Lahaina lies in the shade of the breadfruit trees of Lele (the old name for Lahaina)

– ‘Olelo No‘eau (Hawaiian Proverbs)
compiled by Mary Kawena Pukui

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