Now, we’re still not talking walking – more strolling, lunching, window shopping, shade-sitting, cocktailing – you know, functional walking. However, Lahaina has a few sites to see, history to appreciate and shade or sun to be savored.
This shoreline runs along Front Street, a place for shopping and dining. We also spotted a sea turtle swimming not far from shore in the clear water.
This little park is next to the open air library.
Lahaina was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1820 to 1845. It was also a whaling center in the 1800s and today offers various tourist activities.
The remains of a fort built of coral bricks interested me. You can read the story of why at the Old Lahaina Courthouse site.
It protected the Courthouse, which today serves as a Visitor Center with the history of the area and houses the Arts Society Gallery. The original courthouse was built in 1860, but this incarnation is from 1925 with a restoration in 1998.
Nearby is the Baldwin Home Museum. The Baldwins were a missionary family in Hawaii in the 1830s. (Later the family became sugar plantation owners. That is how things work.) Click for more information on the Baldwin Home.
While there are several small parks in the area, we had to spend some time under this incredible banyan tree. The central tree has dropped supports and takes up an acre. It was planted in 1873. We discovered several other banyans on our way around Maui.
Stopping at a shopping alley, I got a glimpse of the mountainous part of the island, looking up at the ancient volcano. In a few days, we would visit the other side of those mountains in the Iao Valley.
In 1802, King Kamehameha made Lahaina the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. After 50 years, the capital was moved to Honolulu. I appreciate King Kamehameha’s preference for Lahaina.
Our walk in Lahaina was about 1.25 mi. Not much of a walk. We could have taken time to walk the beach, but we moved on.
Next up is a boardwalk in a Wildlife Refuge, we visited on our way back from Lahaina.
Aloha and Mahalo, Lynn
Words and pictures by Lynn Millar