Lahaina is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States, and encompasses Lahaina town and the Kaanapali and Kapalua beach resorts. As of the 2020 census, Lahaina had a resident population of 12,702. The CDP spans the coast along Hawaii Route 30 from a tunnel at the south end, through Olowalu, and to the CDPs of Kaanapali and Napili-Honokowai to the north.
In August 2023, a wildfire destroyed approximately 80% of Lahaina town. As of August 18, at least 114 deaths had been confirmed and more than 1,000 people were missing.
Lahaina was originally called Lele in Hawaiian and was known for its breadfruit trees. Lele means jump or fly. Albert Pierce Taylor explains its relationship to the area as the; "flying piece of kuleana, that which sticks out from the sea".
Modern etymology and pronunciations
Missionaries sent by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions began organizing