Lahaina Town is a historic whaling village and tourism hotspot in Maui, Hawaii. Now, it is being ravaged by a devastating wildfire that has incinerated multiple structures, according to officials.
It is the largest community in West Maui and is located approximately 25 miles from the Kahului Airport.
Front Street, which one resident told CNN was almost completely destroyed by the fire, is ranked as one of the “Top Ten Greatest Streets” by the American Planning Association.
Here's what else to know about the community.
- Kamehameha III made Lahaina the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1802 to 1845 before it was moved to Honolulu for its harbor.
- Lahaina is home to the oldest Pacific lighthouse, which was unveiled in 1840. It sits at the edge of the Lahaina Harbor and has been guiding vessels for nearly two centuries. It was initially 9 feet tall but was eventually expanded to 26 feet shipping traffic increased.
- The town served as a major whaling and fishing port in the 1800s because of its convenient location on whale migration routes.
- Lahaina is one of the most visited places in Maui making up 80% of Maui’s tourism.
- Front Street is a hot spot in Lahaina, and it stretches approximately a mile long. The tourist hub is lined with many art galleries, stores, restaurants, and historic sites.
- Maui's about 2.9 million visitors spent about $5.69 billion in 2022, according to the state's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
- As of 2023, Lahaina's population stood at approximately 9,118 people, estimated by the World Population Review.
- The US Census Bureau estimated a population of 13,216 in 2020.
- The town is approximately 9.3 square miles, according to the US Census Bureau.
Correction: An earlier version of this post gave the incorrect year for the unveiling of the Lahaina lighthouse. It was unveiled in 1840.