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History infiltrates this town, which was both Hawaii's ancient capital and the location of Maui's European settlement. On the island's northwest coast, Lahaina was first the site of Hawaii's royal village and then a port of call for whaling vessels and, later, Christian missionaries. Nowadays, it's a tourist destination, full of restaurants, art galleries, and gift shops. Still, the historic ambience holds true, and you can walk along the harbor, look out over the ocean, and know why it was that this corner of Maui has seduced so many people with its beauty and its allure.