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Lahaina Roads, also called the Lahaina Roadstead is a channel of the Pacific Ocean in the Hawaiian Islands. The surrounding islands of Maui, and Lānaʻi (and to a lesser extent, Molokaʻi and Kahoʻolawe) make it a sheltered anchorage. It is located around the area 20°52′0″N 156°44′0″W / 20.86667°N 156.73333°W / 20.86667; -156.73333Coordinates: 20°52′0″N 156°44′0″W / 20.86667°N 156.73333°W / 20.86667; -156.73333, off the coast of the town of Lahaina.

Through the 1940s, Lahaina Roads was an alternative anchorage to Pearl Harbor for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The possibility that elements of the Pacific Fleet would be at Lahaina Anchorage was taken seriously in the plan of the Kido Butai (the Japanese naval strike force) for the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Scout planes were dispatched from the fleet, and I class submarines were sent to Lahaina Roads to reconnoiter the anchorage.

The name is also used for a vacation condominium complex in Lahaina.

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