Old Lahaina Courthouse
Old Lahaina Courthouse
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Cindy S
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This little courthouse is located right by the infamous Banyan tree in Lahaina. It contains many historic pieces and information about the history of the town/island. Admission is free and it doesn't take long to tour the exhibits.
Written August 25, 2022
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK202 contributions
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A quaint and small museum exhibit covers some of the history of Hawaii and the Lahaina area, interesting and only takes 20-30 mins to look through. We’ll worth it on a stop in Lahaina. There is also an art gallery and gift shop downstairs.
Written August 8, 2022
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson17,489 contributions
As a courthouse, there would have been cells to hold recalcitrants before appearing for a hearing but this building also was a Customs House which had, as its function, the collecting of duties for goods passing through the harbor.

Today, it stands across from the booths of harbor-based tour operators, with the Russian cannons in between (at the base of the flagpole). The Russian warship cannons were part of a shipwreck off Honolulu but were salvaged and brought here to protect the coastline.

There are some nice little covered arbors to sit for awhile, as well as a good sized restroom facility (which seems to be a gathering spot for people with mental problems).

At one corner of the grounds is a coral-built remnant of a Fort wall.

The Courthouse itself used to be more interesting but the basement cells (that used to house artists' workspaces) is no longer open for tourists and the displays inside the Courthouse do have displays of artifacts and snippets of history.
Written February 5, 2022
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ITRT
Virginia37,937 contributions
The courthouse was built with coral stones and wood from the unfinished palace of Kamehameha III when it was destroyed by a windstorm. It also served as a Customs House for whaling and commercial ships. It was built in the 1850s in the area where the Old Fort is located. In 1898, the Hawaiian flag was removed, and the American flag raised when the United States annexed the islands of Hawaii. Renovated in 1925, it is now home to a small art gallery, gift shop, visitor center and a heritage museum. The building faces Lahaina harbor.
Written May 21, 2022
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Negrita680
Mount Vernon, NY28 contributions
Great must visit when in area. You can view and buy art from local artists and view the historic Banyan tree outside. Steps from water and whale watching boat tours. Very interesting to learn about the history of the harbor and take in all the activity. Great shopping and plenty of restaurants close by.
Written March 3, 2020
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Barheat
Hamilton, Canada1,459 contributions
The Courthouse is now a museum providing exhibits on Hawaii's historical past. There is a gift shop and art gallery on the lower level and more exhibits upstairs. From the upper balcony you have a great view of the Lahaina Harbor. Definitely worth a stroll through when on Maui.
Written March 22, 2020
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dgbg100106
Odenton, MD1,729 contributions
A true piece of history with information and restrooms.

Originally opened in 1860, it served dual purpose as a customs house for whaling and commercial ships as well as home to governmental business and court affairs. The building was constructed during the late 1850s on the property of the Old Fort, and a remaining wall of the old fort can still be seen off to the side of the courthouse. It was built with materials from one of Kamehameha III's palaces that was destroyed during a windstorm before completion, which adds a unique twist to its history. The courthouse was renovated in 1925 in the Greek Revival architectural style that you see today.

Free admission, stop by and see what exhibit they have that day.
Written January 5, 2020
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL5,704 contributions
The Old Courthouse building is now used as a history museum. Not only does the building have a majestic façade and presence on the street, it also houses a vast amount of historical artifacts. The Banyan Tree is right on the backside of the building. Entrance is free to this wonderful museum. The display of progress of Hawaii history is amazing on the second floor. Do not miss spending sometime here when you are in Lahaina.
Written March 6, 2020
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holiday-view23-7-11
Basingstoke, UK1,745 contributions
Right next to the giant tree the Courthouse is a great place to start you exploration of the town. There are two shops down stairs one to the right and one to the left. The gentleman in the shop on your right as you walk in was really informative and helpful giving us vouchers for discounts all over town. He also told us that most points of interest were within walking distance of the there, which was true we found so much to see while awaiting to go whale watching. Upstairs is the museum and toilet facilities too. Suitable for all ages not but think there was a lift up to the first floor.
Written February 17, 2020
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happy4travel
Northern California1,290 contributions
Interesting, and very welcoming! Lots of information. The museum was filled with all kinds of wonderful treasures. It was fun to walk around and enjoy the lovely day! There is a nice gift shop, too. The Old Lahaina Courthouse is really delightful.
Written July 14, 2020
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