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In a spare, daydreamy moment, you decide to take a look at a map of the world. Since you have vacationing on your mind, your eyes fall upon an inviting string of islands in the South Pacific, and you lean in to take a closer look. The distinct land masses of Hawaii all look stunning, but for some reason one in particular has you hooked: Maui. Focus in a little further to discover a destination that will truly satisfy your cravings for a carefree getaway. Lahaina is a historic and lovely town that presides over one of Hawaii's highlight isles, and will provide the perfect setting for the realization of your fantasy.

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Lahaina is located on the western edge of Maui, an island with about 30 miles of beaches. The place is easily navigable by car and visitors usually end up exploring the hills, valleys and shoreline throughout their stay, but it's nice to have a home base for your wanderings that will provide plenty of stimulation without having to fill up the gas tank and check out a map. Lahaina is perfect for giving your Hawaii vacation a more intimate feel, and you surely won't regret making it the spotlight of your holiday.

Mauna Kahalawai (a mountain range) majestically oversees this region of the island and quietly explains why the Polynesians found this to be a worthy spot to settle in. The Lahaina Heritage Museum makes a good first visit (alright, after quick walk on the beach) and will acquaint you with the influences of the region's colorful and industrious residents from yesterday and today. Take a look at a narrative that includes farming, whaling, and impressive ocean traveling in this historic building in the heart of Lahaina.
After you've nourished your brain and become familiar with the area, it'll be time to have some fun. Hit the beach for a snorkeling session, hop on a surfboard, swim with the dolphins, or take in the landscape from above via parasail. All the typical Hawaii adventures will be at your doorstep, so check out the offerings and make a list of your favorites. Few people are lucky enough to spend enough time here to do it all, so if you're only here for a week or so you'll have to prioritize.

One activity that should definitely make the list is an event unique to Lahaina. It has been written up in a number of publications and exists as a famous tourist attraction that tends to please everyone. The Old Lahaina Luau consists of traditional cuisine, dancing, music and crafts, and offers the most authentic experience on the island. For a couple of hours, relish the fact that you've stumbled upon another world that resembles nothing you've ever seen before, one that will affect your world view from here on out.

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Front Street is another site that can't be missed. This bustling thoroughfare is the place to find shops, restaurants and tourists galore, and despite its frequent crowds it still feels pretty laid-back. Get your souvenir shopping done or enjoy a mai-tai as your fellow tourists flow by, and prepare yourself for the next enthralling activity of the day.

Between sampling the fresh seafood and standing in awe of the humongous banyan trees that line the streets downtown, not to mention all the time you'll spend soaking in the fun and sun of the beach, your Lahaina trip will surely exceed the expectations you have as you sit there staring at the one-dimensional map on the wall.

To bring it to life even further, picture yourself nestled into a vacation rental. Hotels are plentiful here, but private beach houses will make the holiday a little more special by giving you and your companions the space and amenities you need to truly live it up. Why come all the way to this island in the sea only to settle for less than stellar accommodations. Go online to peruse the Lahaina Vacation Rentals and pick one that excites you. Nothing is better than making your daydreams become realities, so get started as soon as you can.

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Aston at Papakea Resort Lahaina
The Aston at Papakea Resort is located near the resort community of Kaanapali, four miles from Lahaina, Hawaii, on the island of Maui. Whalers Village is located one mile away, while Kaanapali Golf Course is two miles from this property. Guests have signing privileges at the nearby Beach Club Restaurant that serves steaks, pasta and seafood dishes. A full bar specializes in tropical drinks. Business amenities such as fax and photocopy services are available at the 24-hour front desk. Complimentary wireless Internet access is provided in public areas. The resort boasts two ocean-view splash pools, three illuminated tennis courts, two putting greens and two spa tubs. 
Aston Paki Maui Lahaina
This oceanfront condo resort in Kaanapali sits adjacent to Honokowai Beach Park, 1 mile from Whalers Village and 4 miles from Lahaina Town. Casual Aston Paki Maui offers a tranquil courtyard with a koi pond and benches. For recreation, guests enjoy an outdoor pool with an adjacent spa tub. Barbecue grills are housed in a nearby pavilion. Guests have access to a partner property's fitness center. Spacious condos include sofa beds and furnish lanais. Guests enjoy the convenience of full kitchens complete with dishwashers and stoves. Units are cooled by ceiling fans (no air conditioning). Added amenities include complimentary high-speed Internet access, in-room safes, and cable TV. 
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Lahaina
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort sits on 40 oceanfront acres overlooking Kaanapali beach in Kaanapali, Hawaii. The resort is across from Kaanapali golf courses and one-half mile from whalers village. The town of Lahaina and Kapalua airport are within four miles of the hotel. The hotel's six restaurants and lounges offer views of the hotel's tropical landscaping, with lush terrain and ponds filled with swans, flamingos, cranes and koi. Cascades Grill & Sushi Bar serves made-to-order sushi, fish and steaks in a garden setting, while Spat's Trattoria showcases Italian cuisine. With Hawaiian tapestries, fresh flowers and rattan furniture, each guestroom features a traditional Hawaiian style. Sliding doors open to furnished lanais with views of the mountains and golf courses or the Pacific Ocean.
Westin Maui Resort & Spa Lahaina
Positioned on 12 acres of oceanfront property along the famed Ka'anapali beach, the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, Hawaii, is one mile from Lahaina, the Sugar Cane Train and the Kaanapali North and Kaanapali South Golf Courses. Lahaina town, Hawaii's historic whaling capital, is three miles away. Complimentary airport shuttle service is available to Kapalua airport, four miles from the hotel.  Drawing from Maui's abundant natural bounty and multi-cultural heritage, the Westin Maui Resort & Spa features landscaped grounds with ponds, streams and waterfalls. Located in two 11-story towers, the resort's guestrooms feature private balconies, dark wood furniture and original Asian artwork.
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