|Front St. in Lahaina|
Last week I did a post about my family's recent trip to
and you can read it here. This post is going to be about the town we called
home for 8 days: the old capital of Hawaii
and old whaling port of Lahaina.
A Little Geography
Lahaina is on the Westward side of the
about 45 minutes or so from the airport in Kahului. Lahaina actually means
cruel sun in Hawaiian because of the intensity of the sun and how dry the
climate is with only 13 inches of rain a year. Of course 13 inches a year is a
veritable rain forest compared to the amount of rain we get here in the desert but
for island of Maui Hawaii, 13 inches is dry.
This makes it ideal for those who come from wetter climes and seek the comfort
of the sun's rays. Personally I could do without the sun but it did rain once
during our stay in Lahaina so I was happy about that.
A Little Background
As I mentioned above, Lahaina was the old capital of the
before it was moved to Kingdom
of Hawaii Honolulu
in 1845. Lahaina was also "...the center of the global whaling industry(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahaina,_Hawaii)".
The town's activity centers around the famous Front
St. which dates back to the 1820's (that's old to
Posted throughout the town is a board showing the Historic Trail locating the various points of interest in Lahaina. We didn't get to them all (leaving room so we have to come back, right?) but the ones we did see were pretty awesome.
|The Baldwin House|
|The famous Banyan Tree|
|Old Prison Gate|
|Old Prison Wall|
|Old Ka'anapali-Lahaina Sugar Train|
One thing I wanted to make sure we did while in Lahaina was take the six mile train ride from Lahaina to Ka'anapali on the old Sugar Mill Train. The Sugar mill was in operation starting in 1860 but started taking passengers only in 1970. My two year old loves trains and he loved the open air steam train that wobbled and swayed on it's rusty tracks. It is a slow paced ride with a guide who shows you points of interest and played a ukulele and sang one of my favorite songs: What a Wonderful World/Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
There is so much to do in Lahaina that we saw only a fraction of what is there. I fell in love with this little beach town and if I ever win the lottery (lol) I would totally buy a house here. The shopping is great (you must visit HALEZEN) , the history is great, the scenery is great, there are a ton of art galleries and restaurants. Oh and there is a gelato place to die for on the corner of Dickenson St. and Front St. called Lahaina Gelato. I don't know about the rest of the major towns in Hawaii, but for me, Lahaina is the quintessential beach town that stole my heart.
Mahalo for reading!