Hale Kahiko

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Lahaina , USA
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Yep, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot at the Lahaina Center Mall, but a patch of earth was kindly set aside for Hale Kahiko, an authentic replication of thatched hale (houses) found in ancient, pre-Western Hawaiian villages.

The three houses here were hand-constructed true to the period using ohia-wood posts, native pili grass and coconut-fiber lashings. Each replica hale depicts a different function: one serves as family sleeping quarters, one as a men’s eating house and the third as a workshop where women make tapa (a coarse cloth made from pounded bark). Inside you’ll find gourd containers, woven baskets and other essentials of Hawaiian life.

The grounds are planted in native plants that Hawaiians relied upon for food and medicine.