History and Art
When visiting Hawaii, be sure to reserve time out of your vacation to
explore the rich history and culture of our island. There are endless
opportunities to dive deep into the past, and learn about the events
that helped shape the Hawaii we know today.
As a leader in the art world, Lahaina is known as the "Art Capital of the
Pacific." There is nothing quite like a stroll down Front Street, starry
canopy overhead, and local art galleries all about.
The Lahaina Banyan Tree is one of Maui`s most treasured possessions, and a
popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike.
This famous tree is one of the largest banyan trees in the United
States, and stretches its massive branches over a 200 ft. area. The tree
was planted on April 24, 1873, in honor of the 50th anniversary
of the first American Protestant mission in Lahaina.
The Lahaina Banyan Tree provides a lovely, shady area from which to admire the
tree`s massive branches, and many trunks
that make up this single tree. During certain days of the week, you
will find art and craft fairs, as well as Hawaiian musicians, under the
The Banyan tree is located in historical Lahaina Town, on Front Street
adjacent to the harbor.
||Front Street and Canal Street Lahaina, HI 96761
The Lahaina Prison, Hale Pa`ahoa ("stuck in iron house"), was built in the
1850s and is still standing today. During the whaling era, Lahaina was a
bustling town loaded with rowdy, drunken sailors. The Lahaina prison was
built to house these miscreants for enough time for them to sober up.
The two story prison is composed of cells for both men and women; some
rooms contained shackles for those who were difficult to handle. The prison
is encircled by walls made of coral. There is a green courtyard in the
center. The warden lived in the wooden gatehouse situated between the
You can tour this prison from 10am to 4pm daily. It is free but donations
||Lahaina Prison 187 Prison Street
Originally built in 1859, the Lahaina Courthouse is a historic site once
home to the customs office, the town jail, the post office and the
courthouse. The building is made of materials that were rescued from King
Kamehameha`s unfinished Lahaina palace, it having been destroyed by a storm
a year earlier.
Today, the courthouse is home for the Lahaina Arts Society and Lahaina
Visitor Center. Tours are free, and are held daily from 9am to 5pm. While
there, you will also find some wonderful maps and information on Lahaina
||648 Wharf Street Lahaina, HI 96761
The Master`s Reading Room served as a retreat for ship captains and
officers from 1833 until the end of the whaling era. The reading room
provided ships` masters with reading materials to catch up on current
events, and rooms in which they could gather together away from the "common
||Front Street and Dickenson Street Lahaina, HI 96761
The U.S. Seamen`s Hospital has a very interesting history. In 1844
the hospital served the sick and injured seamen who made Lahaina their home
during the whaling era. During this period, the streets were filled with
sailors, and the streets needed to be cleaned up to better the image of
Lahaina. King Kamehameha was asked to turn this building into a home for
the sick and to help give the sailors the much needed help they required.
The building was originally commissioned by King Kamehameha and was
purposely built away from the Christian missionaries in town. The building
first served as an Inn and a store, but also as a meeting place for King
Kamehameha and his sister, Princess Nahi`ena`ena. During those days, it was
not uncommon for high ranking Hawaiian chiefs to have relationships with
||1024 Front Street Lahaina, HI 96761
The Pioneer Mill Co. was established in 1860, as the first sugar plantation
in Lahaina. This sugar plantation served as the number one employer of
Lahaina residents and to this day evokes fond memories for those who worked
there. In 1928 Pioneer Mill Co. built a 225-foot smoke stack that was the
tallest smoke stack in Hawaii. For years, this smoke stack served as a
landmark for visitors and locals alike.
When the mill closed in 1999, the smoke stack was saved to forever preserve
the history of the sugar plantation era.
The locomotives used to transport the sugarcane are also on display at this
beautiful free outdoor exhibit.
||749 David Malo Circle Lahaina, HI 96761
Nothing says "Hawaii" more than the exotic sound of the ukulele. Lahaina
Music is a wonderful store to visit, and to select your very own ukulele
before returning home.
Lahaina Music offers free Ukulele lessons and the friendly owners, Vania
and Jason, are incredibly knowledgeable in all things music! Stop by for
some lessons. Or, they are more than happy to join you at the beach or your
Lahaina Music also offers guitar and ukulele rentals, for those missing
their instruments while on vacation.
There is no greater treasure to bring back from your Maui vacation, than the
gift of music!
||910 Honoapiilani Hwy. Lahaina, HI 96761
The Baldwin home was built in 1834 by Reverend Dwight Spaulding, and is the
oldest standing house on Maui. Today, this two story house provides a way
for visitors to come to understand what life was like for a colonial
missionary in Hawaii.
Reverend Spaulding was also a Harvard trained doctor, and treated many
patients in his home. This beautiful house was also used by Reverend
Spaulding and his family to entertain ship captains, officers and visiting
Tours are available daily form 10 am to 4 pm. Candlelit tours are available on
Fridays from 6 to 8:30.
||120 Dickenson Street Lahaina, HI 96761
Wednesday`s at Wailea (WOW)
Everyday Wednesday is Art Night at the Shops of Wailea, in the Wailea
Resort. Explore the many art galleries of Wailea, get a chance to meet the
artists and even enjoy some complimentary wine! While you are there, enjoy a
fabulous meal at one of the many restaurants at the Shops of Wailea, or
take a stroll on the beach path that makes its way along the shore line.
||3750 Wailea Alanui Dr. Wailea, HI 96753
Friday Art Night in Lahaina Town
Every Friday is Art Night in historic Lahaina Town. Spend the evening
walking along Front Street and taking your time viewing the many art
galleries that line the streets. Each gallery hosts different artists who
are there to "talk story" and demonstrate their skills. As an added bonus,
each gallery serves complimentary cocktails and "pupus".
Cap your night off with a wonderful meal in one of Front Street`s
||Front Street, Lahaina
At The MACC you can find
a large variety of shows, performances, exhibits and more. From top
performing world-class musicians, to local plays and art exhibits, The MACC
in continuously offering the public an unending lineup of exciting events.
During your stay on Maui, be sure to check their website for their most
||One Cameron Way Kahului, HI 96732