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A few miles south of Ka'anapali Beach lies the town of Lahaina, once the capital of all Hawaii and a worldwide whaling center, as documented at the Whalers Village Museum. The town's main thoroughfare is Front Street, dotted with bronze plaques marking historical landmarks, including a 150-year-old banyan tree with a broad canopy stretching 200 feet across.Lahaina's harbor once fluttered with the sails of massive whaling ships, but now it's a playground of gleaming yachts and speedboats. Both here and along Ka'anapali Beach, there are dozens of tour captains eager to take you snorkeling or scuba diving along nearby reefs, which teem with parrotfish, goatfish, and hawkfish. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.