Visit Lahaina Court House for a glimpse into the Kingdom of Hawai‘i

May 11, 2010 · Print This Article

Kingdom of Hawaii flagAre you planning on a visit to Hawaii? I am sure you will want to experience the beautiful Maui beaches, drive up to Haleakala Crater, watch the World Class Windsurfers practice at Hookipa Beach & cool down with a cup of shave ice.

Please save a few minutes to tour the Lahaina Court & Custom House, located in the heart of Lahaina nestled in between the Banyan Tree and Lahaina Harbor. The Lahaina Court House has served in an official capacity since 1860. The building oversaw the change from Kingdom of Hawai‘i to government by the United States and was once used as a Courtroom, Police Station and jail. Lahaina Courthouse now officially welcomes visitors to West Maui.

The 2nd floor of the Courthouse functions as a Museum, featuring a large wall display box with a real treasure for the people of Hawaii: the 1890s Hawaiian Flag. This is the same flag that flew over the Court & Custom House when Hawai‘i officially became a U.S. Territory.

Arthur Waal Sr., Lahaina’s Assistant Postmaster at the time, was ordered to lower the flag of the Hawaiian Kingdom and raise the Stars & Stripes during a poignant ceremony on August 12, 1898.  Read about his family discovering & returning the flag to us just a few years ago! I am sure it’ll give you “chicken skin” (goose bumps) to contemplate what life was like when the flag you are viewing graced the flagpole & blew in the wind.

Contact the Travel Gal when planning your Hawaiian holiday.

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Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net or call me at 800 644-6659

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