Between Lahaina and Olowalu, Launiupoko features plantation-style Hawaiian homes on lush hilltops. There are green mountains on one side and spectacular ocean views on the west coast. You can go hiking and swimming anytime. Adjacent is the 6.7-acre Launiupoko Beach Park, a popular location for picnics, surfing, swimming, and snorkeling. The weather is warm and pleasant year-round, so everyone heads to the beach, even in the winter. It is common to see your neighbors riding their horses around the neighborhood.
Launiupoko was strictly zoned for agriculture, so there are no resorts, hotels, or commercial properties. Spacious custom-built houses on subdivided lots feature a mix of traditional Hawaiian and upscale contemporary architecture. There are also ultra-exclusive gated luxury estates. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, homes offer deluxe master suites, modern lanais, gourmet kitchens, outdoor pools, and detached multi-car garages. Historic Lahaina Town is only 5 miles away.
Free of resorts, businesses, and tourist crowds, Launiupoko residents value their quiet and privacy. Most longtime residents know each other and are friendly. Friends and family often get together at the beach, which can get crowded with residents and other Maui locals.
World-class boutique shopping and fine dining in Lahaina are just minutes away. Kimo’s Maui is a long-standing eatery and bar with views of the harbor and is known for its seafood, prime rib, and Hula Pie. Fleetwood’s on Front Street is musician Mick Fleetwood’s restaurant serving upscale American fare. They have a popular rooftop bar with views of the ocean that’s great for private parties and events.
For a traditional luau, Feast at Lele features a 5-course meal plus live music and dancing. In the historic Plantation Inn, Gerard’s Restaurant serves locally-inspired French fare and has outdoor and indoor seating perfect for date nights. Lahaina Fish Co. has two levels of open-air dining with 180-degree views of the ocean. They serve an all-day menu of seafood, healthy Hawaiian dishes, and their award-winning prime rib. For fine dining, Lahaina Grill is an island landmark serving steak, seafood, and Hawaiian specialties. It was voted “Maui’s Best Restaurant” 28 years in a row. For a laid-back café, Drift Coffee in Dickinson Square is highly rated for their local but Seattle-level coffee beans. For pizza, Lahaina Pizza serves pizza, sandwiches, and cocktails in a casual, open-air setting with ocean views.
You’ll find retail stores and boutique shops at The Marketplace at Lahaina, Lahaina Square Shopping Center, and Old Lahaina Center. For groceries, Maui Prime Fine Foods has gourmet food products, meats, seafood, and wine.
Launiupoko Beach Park has barbeque and picnic areas, and natural wading pools and is a local favorite for swimming, surfing, and get-togethers with friends and family. You’ll also find stand-up paddlers and weekend surf events. Surf schools hold lessons for all skill levels. Many residents use golf carts to get to and from the beach. The Launiupoko Valley also has great trails for horseback riding, and Lahaina Stables offers lessons for beginner riders. Closeby is the Maui Animal Farm, a petting zoo and non-profit that provides therapeutic riding programs. For golf enthusiasts, Kaanapali Golf Courses has 36 holes with incredible views of Maui. They offer lessons and host private events and weddings.
Hawaii Department of Education serves Launiupoko.
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