Welcome to Maui and the totally touristified town of Lahaina.
Lahaina, from before. First (in ‘antiquity’) Lahaina was the royal capital of Maui Loa, then much later the capitol of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1820 to 1845.
In the 1800s Lahaina was the central destination for the world-wide whaling fleet, for making repairs and taking on supplies, leading to much ‘merriment’ along these streets as here might be a ship’s first landfall in over a year.
That’s the courthouse in the background and all of what you see is one banyan tree.
William Owen Smith planted this tree on April 24, 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Christian missionaries. You can imagine the controversies the town absorbed with the arrival of the missionaries and the presence of thousands of thirsty whalers.
This is a pretty good pano looking down from the comfort of the cozy Ranger Station into what everyone thinks is the crater mostly because the park service calls it a crater, but per Ms Wiki: “scientists believe that Haleakalâ’s “crater” was formed when the headwalls of two large erosional valleys merged at the summit of the volcano.” Ok.
As we were driving to our next destination I said to Sharon “you know, I feel like some Asian cuisine”. Really, I said “Asian cuisine” and then we turned the corner and there, set back into an industrial parking lot was this place so we had to go in.
It was like it looks, not great but I liked it anyway.
…the sugar mill. Much of the history of 1830s Hawaii until tourism took over in the 1950s is tied up in the history of the cane sugar industry here.
Maui is the only Hawaiian island that still supports a viable sugar company and rumor is that they might not hang on for very much longer. This is one of two Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company’s mills on Maui.
One of my Botswana safari companions was a sugar commodities trader and now I wish I had talked to him more about sugar!
Then we drove on into ‘Iao Valley.
What this says: “Commonly called ‘Iao Needle, the traditional Hawaiian name for this 2,250 foot high peak is Kuka’emoku. This peak is known as the phallic stone of Kanaloa, Hawaiian god of the ocean.
“During periods of warfare, the peak was used as a lookout by warriors. It was here that some of the Maui warriors retreated from the forces of Kamehameha I during the Battle of Kepaniwai.”