The history of Lahaina comes alive thanks to the Lahaina Interpretive Plan Team who designed a series of signs and maps called Ala Hele Mo‘olelo O Lahaina, or Lahaina Historic Trail. The trail is a self-guided tour that takes you into the footsteps of Lahaina’s rich heritage as a busy whaling port and plantation settlement--among many other things.
The trail covers the timeline of Lahaina’s rich Hawaiian heritage from the 16th century, to the beginnings of the Hawaiian kingdom, and finally finishes with the influx of Asian and European laborers in the early 20th century who had such a tremendous influence on Lahaina and Maui today.
If you walk around town in Lahaina--no matter where you may be-- you will find bronze metal plagues signifying the numerous historical sites. Each plaque covers the brief history of the historical site and its significance. Also, in many of the parking lots in Lahaina you will see a bright colorful kiosk with a map on it depicting all 62 historical sites.
Some of our more favorite stops on the trail include: the Banyan Tree, Old Lahaina Courthouse and the Baldwin House.
To get a historical walking guide, visit the Lahaina Visitor Center in the Lahaina Courthouse located between the Banyan Tree and the sea—both sites are also on the historic trail.