Walking in Lahaina, Hawaii

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.

Shoreline Lahaina

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.

Lahaina shore park

This little park is next to the open air library.

Lahaina 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.

Whaler

Lahaina boats

The remains of a fort built of coral bricks interested me. You can read the story of why at the Old Lahaina Courthouse site.

Coral fortress

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.

Lahaina courthouse

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.

Baldwin Home Lahaina

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.

Banyan tree

Banyan tree support

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.

Mountains above Lahaina

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.

Beach near Lahaina

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

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4 thoughts on “Walking in Lahaina, Hawaii

  1. I would not consider the Lahaina library “open air” by any means. It has four walls, a roof and probably 2 doors. It is a building next to a park. What makes it open air?

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