This vibrant town was as soon as the whaling capital of the Pacific, where ships would dock for supplies, sailors, and shore leave. Today the casino, saloons, and brothels that kept the whalers hectic have actually been changed by the best dining establishments on Maui, art galleries that host complimentary “art nights” every Friday, bars with live music from Irish trad to jazz and, obviously, souvenir shops (c’mon, it is Hawaii). Meanwhile, Lahaina’s seafaring past is kept alive by the many whale-watching cruises that depart from its harbor.