Sixty-five sites in Lahaina cast light on 500 years of the town’s history, including its 19th-century stints as the capital of Hawaii, mission headquarters for Maui and important re-provisioning port for whaling and trading ships.
The Lahaina Restoration Foundation (LRF) is the caretaker of the sites; all except four can be seen on the Lahaina Historic Trail, a self-guided walking tour. You can buy the trail brochure for $2 at the Baldwin Home Museum, Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse and the visitor center at the Old Lahaina Courthouse or download it free of charge at lahainarestoration.org/lahaina-historic-trail.
Here’s a close look at four of the landmarks.
IF YOU GO: LAHAINA RESTORATION FOUNDATION
>> Phone: 661-3262
>> Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Website: lahainarestoration.org
Notes: The $12 Passport to the Past is a great deal for those 13 and older. It includes admission to and is sold at the Baldwin Home Museum, Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse, and Hale Ho‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku.
Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi is a Honolulu-based freelance writer whose travel features for the Star-Advertiser have won several Society of American Travel Writers awards.