Often called the “jewel in the crown of Maui,” Lāhainā’s history lays bare to see through its road structure and architecture, which have been carefully preserved over the generations. Before it was the rowdy whaling epicenter of the Pacific, Lāhainā was the first capital of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. Buddhist temples, old military forts, 19th-century whaling relics and plantation-era buildings coexist here, all within a few short blocks. Uncover several epochs from Lāhainā’s past, from the town’s Native Hawaiian origins to the scandalous seafaring days, on a self-guided walking tour of historical sites that are now managed by the Lāhainā Restoration Foundation. Start your tour in the early morning on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets. Be sure to bring water and apply sunscreen. Stop by the Lāhainā Town Action Committee’s office for a helpful walking map. In the 1960s, as developers built West Maui resorts to rival Waikīkī’s, Kā‘anapali experienced a surge of popularity. It’s easy to see why this former sugar plantation was chosen: its beaches. At the north end, Kahekili Beach is great for snorkeling. Along the length of the resort, Kā‘anapali Beach is lined with swank hotels that have made West Maui a top destination. One of Kā‘anapali’s signature attractions, Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock) is a unique outcropping of lava surrounded by thriving coral reef. While divers and snorkelers savor the underwater sights, landlubbers enjoy the mile-long oceanfront walkway or the Kā‘anapali Historic Trail, a two-hour journey starting at the Royal Lahaina Resort and including 10 sites reached on foot and via the Kā‘anapali Trolley.