I’m almost done with the text for my upcoming book, The Story of Lahaina, and am trimming things that don’t quite fit. Here are a couple of bits that are landing on the cutting room floor.
Hana is a long way from Lahaina, but the two places are linked forever by the legacy of Pi‘ilani. Kahanu Garden in Hana is home to Pi‘ilanihale, an awe-inspiring massive lava-rock structure that is believed to be the largest ancient place of worship (heiau) in Polynesia (and therefore the world, since heiau exist only in Polynesia). The garden also features plant collections from the Pacific Islands and the world’s largest collection of breadfruit cultivars amid breathtaking scenery.
In 1898, the Lahaina Courthouse was the scene of a sad changing of the guard, when the Republic of Hawai‘i, created after the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893, became a U. S. territory. Assistant Postmaster Arthur Waal was charged with lowering the old flag and raising the new territorial banner. He found it a sad occasion: “I can truly say that I had been very happy and contented in Old Hawai‘i and frankly regret the change,” Waal wrote. (The flag he lowered now hangs on the wall at the Old Lahaina Courthouse.)