Front Street Maui
Maui’s tourism industry relies heavily on Lahaina, which welcomes almost two million people each year. Between 1820 through 1845, Lahaina served as Hawaii’s capital, a position it held for more than a thousand years. Lahaina is home to some of Maui’s most fascinating attractions, including beaches and restaurants. In the heart of Lahaina, on Front Street, you’ll find everything that makes the town unique: wood buildings that showcase its storefronts, second story balconies, public parks, art galleries, restaurants, and residential areas where you can watch whales from the comfort of your own home. Pedestrians and cars share the road with kids, older couples out for daily walks, and a historical site going back to 700 BCE in addition to all of the above. Front Street
is the street name given to the heart of Lahainatown, Maui. Front Street was lined with rowdy pubs where sailors on shore leave congregated during the mid nineteenth century when whale hunting ships restocked. Since then, a lot has changed.
Consider how much money was spent in 1997 to upgrade the street, which included adding new sidewalks and tunneling under the electrical utility cables that ran along it. A historically rich side is now available, as well as aside filled with tourist attractions. In spite of the influx of tourists arriving by cruise ship and plane throughout the year, Front Street maintains its historic character and charm. Local and federally recognized historic districts are used, architectural style and design criteria are followed, continuous maintenance is done, as well as citizen and corporate organization efforts are combined to make this happen. With scenic ocean and mountain views, historic architecture, and an eclectic mix of retail shops, restaurants, and other businesses, Lahaina Front Street, also known as “the jewel in the crown of Maui,” contributes significantly to the town’s positive reputation. The street also features the world’s largest Banyan tree. There is a chronological history to Front Street’s architecture, starting with the Moku’ula archaeological site in the south and moving up north. Front Street has a number of historic buildings, some of which date back to the 1830s.