Lahaina’s colorful story unfolds in fascinating exhibits throughout the Old Lahaina Courthouse, which, dating back to 1859, is in itself a precious artifact.
Displays are organized by eras: Ancient Times, Monarchy Period, Whaling/Missionary and Plantation/Tourism.
A skilled artisan of long ago fashioned a lei niho palaoa necklace from natural fibers, braided strands of human hair and walrus ivory (the latter likely obtained from whalers or traders who re-provisioned in the seaside town in the 1800s).
Recalling the plantation days, pots and pans are set on a 1940s kerosene stove. Hula dolls, circa 1950s, represent Hawaii’s early years of tourism.