Old Lahaina Courthouse
Lahaina Heritage Museum
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Banyan Tree Square
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Old Lahaina Courthouse information
Tucked in the shadows of a banyan tree, Lahaina’s 1859 courthouse is a repository of history and art. Its location beside the bustling harbor is no coincidence. Smuggling was so rampant during the whaling era that officials deemed this theideal spot for customs operations, the courthouse and the jail – all neatly wrapped into a single building. It also held the governor’s office, and in 1898 the US annexation of Hawaii was formally concluded here. Gifts and a downtown map are available at the 1st floor visitor center .
The basement holds the old jail, now used as a gallery by the Lahaina Arts Society , and the cells that once held drunken sailors now display artwork. The paintings, jewelry and woodwork are creations of island artists who operate the gallery as a cooperative. The entrance to the jail is outside, on the north side of the building.
On the 2nd floor, the Lahaina Heritage Museum celebrates the town’s culture and history. Changing exhibits might focus on anything from ancient Hawaiian society to 19th-century whaling.