(Closed) Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui ?? Or even just Lahaina in general?

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’ve always stayed in Napili Bay on Maui, but I’ve walked around Lahaina a lot and it’s a very fun spot. I just imagined taking wedding photos under the banyan tree…how gorgeous would that be?

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@MademoiselleL: “This Banyan Tree was first planted in April, 1873, and marked the 50th Anniversary of Christian missionary work in Lahaina. The tree was imported from India and was only 8 feet tall. It now stands over 60 feet high, has 12 major trunks in addition to a huge core. It stretches over a 200-foot area and shades 2/3 of an acre.”

Seriously. This thing is massive and totally awesome.

There’s also a pretty cool half-sunken boat a little ways out in the water that looks amazing at sunset.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Hi again–It really feels like no one has info about Maui destination weddings! Anyhow, I looked into this resort on yelp and found some bad reviews…even though overall review are really good, i still wanted to read all the bad ones first: 

“http://www.yelp.com/biz/royal-lahaina-resort-and-luau-lahaina?rpp=40&sort_by=rating_asc”

This is starting to stress me out! I just dont know the best cost effective way of having a Destination Wedding in Maui that is nice!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Have you checked out Honua Kai?  It’s pretty new and looked quite nice.

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is my first time posting, but I saw Royal Lahaina and couldn’t resist. I went there with my family about four years ago. It was beautiful! We saw someone get married on the beach from our porch one night, and it was amazing. If I were having a destination wedding, I would definitely put RL on the top of my list. Food and drinks were great (free breakfast on a beautiful open-air porch), good pools, close to a place called Whaler’s Village, which has good shopping and restaurants. It has a more family vibe than couples vibe, but that seems perfect for a wedding to me!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

hey there,

I grew up on maui and I personally an not a fan of lahaina.  the weather, the beaches, the scenery and the people are much nicer in wailea and you’re not so stuck on that side of the island like lahaina makes you feel.  there are a lot more bums on that side and people looking to rip you off.  plus wailea is a shorter trip to hana and waterfalls and sea turtles and kihei.

just one gals opinion.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

hana is beautiful, btw, and maybe even cheaper according to these prices:

http://www.hanaweddingco.com/maui-wedding-packages/

i totally know what you’re saying about it being nice just because its hawaii!  i mean, how bad can it be *really*?  you’re in the middle of the pacific on one of the most beautiful islands in the world!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

btw, the banyan tree in Lahaina smells SO BAD!  and lots of birds = lots of flying poop.  not sure about pictures…

i LOVE kaanapali.  i go to maui at least 1-2x yr (only 20 min flight away for me) and always stay on this side.  i’d prefer staying in kaanapali but we enjoy going into lahaina (sounds far away, but just down the road) a few nights for more dinner options, entertainment.  love feast at lele’s.

there are a lot of new timeshare hotels that have opened along north kaanapali beach recently.  do those type of places do weddings?  i think whichever hotel has the duke’s in kaanapali may be timeshare type place.  you owuldn’t know by looking at it though. i love the westin there.  my favorite beach there is in front of some private homes and the more mom and pop hotel (read: not fancy, but works!) the kaanapali beach resort.  it’s right along black rock outcropping which has good snokreling right off beach.  beautiful long walking path all along north beachside there.  

don’t know about royal lahaina specifically…but in general, lahaina would be considered the more ‘townie’ portion of the area.  tourists stay mainly in condos.  kaanapali is mostly hotels, very well manicured, beautiful, more segregated from real life hawaii.  beautiful in a fake way.  which still is beautiful to me!

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