Banyan Tree, Lahaina – Image courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority
Lahaina Sights & Attractions
Step back in time at this former whaling village and ancient royal capital of King Kamehameha (before the capital was moved to Honolulu), where old grog shops, dance halls, brothels and ships’ chandlers are now transformed into art galleries, boutiques and chic eateries.
At the old Lahaina Luau grounds on the seafront, savour a hoomanao – a three-hour feast followed by a delightful immersion into ancient Hawaiian culture including hula dancing, spear throwing, fish catching and the art of Hawaiian tattooing. (You can opt for a removable tattoo!)
To get an insight into 19th-century life in Hawaii, pop into the informative Baldwin Home Museum. Take the guided tour around the coral and stone house that was built in 1834 by Dr. Dwight Baldwin. Check out original period furnishings and the doctor's dispensary.
See a collection of artifacts on the history of Chinese immigrants (who once worked the sugar-cane fields) at the restored 17th century Wo Hing Temple in Lahaina.
Afterwards, in the old cookhouse next door, now transformed into a theatre, watch engaging movies of Hawaii taken by Thomas Edison in 1898 and 1903.
Then stroll beneath the leafy arcade of the 18m-tall banyan tree in Courthouse Square; this strangling fig, which was planted in 1873, now has 12 main trunks and spreads over 2800ha. It's a favourite nightime resting place of mynah birds.
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