Lahaina, Maui

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Lahaina is a busy shop and restaurant filled port town, which though touristy, has enough history to make it worth a stop on your trip, or at least a drive through. I wanted to see the big old Banyon Tree down by the water, so we headed to Lahaina to check it out.

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Front Street is the main street in Lahaina. During the 1800's, when whaling was a major industry, Lahaina was a place that sailors would visit, after being isolated at sea for months at a time. Lahaina was, for a time, also the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. We spent half a day here, eating breakfast and lunch and just poking around in the various shops along the shore.

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I also spent time working out the kinks from riding all of these different horses over the summer. While we are riding, sightseeing and tomorrow zip lining in this area, we are staying in the resort area of Ka'anapali at the Westin Ka'nnapali, a true oasis. If you are riding in this area, the hot tubs at the Westin are a welcome relief after the end of a long day in the saddle. You will enjoy them. The beaches here are gorgeous too.

Learn more about Equitrekking on PBS and the Equitrekking Maui episode on DVD and learn about exceptional equestrian vacations, including the Maui Equestrian Vacation, at EquitrekkingTravel.com.