Lahaina Historic Trail, Maui
Name: Lahaina Historic Trail
What: Self guided tour of 62 historic Lahaina sites
Where: Spread throughout 55 acres of Lahaina
Lahaina is a town of major historical significance. Once the first capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, a busy whaling port and a plantation settlement, you can follow the Lahaina Historic Trail (Ala Moolelo O Lahaina) to walk in the footsteps of Lahaina’s past today.
This self-guided tour takes you to significant sites throughout 22 hectares of Lahaina, many of which have been designated National Historic Landmarks. Look for the informative bronze plaques around and about Front Street, pointing out dozens of important points of interest.
Walk the trail and you’ll see a fascinating blend of influences covering Hawaiian history, the whaling era, the missionaries and immigrant plantation life. The Baldwin Home was the two-story house of Protestant missionaries in the mid-1830s. Hale Paahao, the “stuck-in-irons house”, was a jail for rowdy sailors in the 1850s. Structures like the Wo Hing Temple and the Lahaina Jodo Mission highlight the influences of Chinese and Japanese immigrants in Maui.
To get a historical walking guide highlighting all 62 historic sites, visit the Lahaina Visitor Center in the Old Lahaina Courthouse located between the Banyan Tree and Lahaina Harbor.