Lahaina, Maui

The earliest settlers to this area probably came from the Marquesas islands by 450 CE or earlier.  By 700 CE, Tahitian warriors had arrived.  Captain Cook saw Maui in 1778.  In 1803, the Hawaiian  royal court moved to Lahaina from where they ruled Hawaii until 1893 when the last monarch, Queen Liluokalani was forced to hand over control of the islands to the United States. One hundred years later the U.S. issued an apology for the illegal take-over.  We arrived about 7:00 am and anchored in the outer harbour. While we were waiting for clearance we were treated to a display of whales playing near our ship. There was no need to pay for a whale watching trip. Unfortunately I did not have my camera handy so I have no pictures.  I have been to Lahaina before.  At that time I took a tour to the Iao Valley and the excellent Maui Ocean Centre, the largest tropical aquarium in the western hemisphere.  Today, I set off on my own to do a walking tour of this pretty town with its over 40 art galleries.  The local information office has a map of a walking tour of historic places.  As I discovered, many of them no longer exist but there are historical plaques to describe what had been there.  Most of the town is given over to the usual t-shirt, jewellery and beachwear shops in addition to the art galleries.  I took very few pictures.  The first is of a giant banyan tree, the largest in the United States.  It was planted in April 1873 and has 16 trunks in addition to the main trunk.  It is situated behind the former Court House which is in the second picture. The Court House is now a tourist information centre and museum.  The Pioneer Inn, Lahaina’s first hotel is next door.  Next is a traditional building associated with the former royal family. After that is a picture of the Baldwin house owned by a missionary in the 1830’s. Last is a picture of our ship at anchor. Our next port is Honolulu.

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One Response to Lahaina, Maui

  1. Great, Leslie. Again I note: nobody in these pix…Am I right that passengers are “tendered” from your ship to shore? Possibly you could describe that experience some time.

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