Lahaina Heritage Museum

Second Level of Old Lahaina Courthouse, 648 Wharf Street at Banyan Tree Park, Lahaina

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 10am-4pm; self-guided

Guided Hawaiian Culture Tours
Every Wednesday
** All tours begin on the first floor at the bottom of the Courthouse stairs **

10am – KE KAI –
The Ocean, Voyaging and Ancient Hawaiian Society
11am – HANA NO’EAU –
Master Crafts, Essential Plants and Daily Hawaiian Life
The Hawaiian Nation, Western Arrival, Whaling & Plantation Eras

Free, but Donations Welcome!
Suggested Donation: $5

Lahaina Heritage Museum offers visitors a comprehensive, interactive look at the rich and varied history of Lahaina from pre-contact Hawai‘i to the Monarchy era, including the missionary and whaling period, and from the Plantation era to early tourism. Not only has Lahaina seen it all, but this picturesque village has played a significant role in the development of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Republic, Territory and State of Hawai‘i. The museum exhibit, “Always Lahaina” marks the first time Lahaina’s full story is told in one location.

Complementing the museum on the second floor landing is a large, topographical map of Maui island with features that light up when touched, an historic timeline of Hawai‘i’s history, and the 1898 Kingdom of Hawai‘i flag that once flew over the courthouse. Displayed along the ground floor hallways are poignant black-and-white photos of Lahaina’s sites and scenes in the early 20th century.

Educational panels about the islands’ natural environment, a touch-screen kiosk and videos about the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary are also incorporated in the exhibits, since Lahaina’s calm waters are birthing and breeding grounds for North Pacific humpback whales. A grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the nonprofit arm of National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, provided funding for the interpretive displays, cases for artifacts, narrative recordings and the video theater.

Lahaina i ka malu ‘ulu o Lele – Lahaina lies in the shade of the breadfruit trees of Lele (the old name for Lahaina)

– ‘Olelo No‘eau (Hawaiian Proverbs)
compiled by Mary Kawena Pukui