Historic Sites



Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Maui, users recommend paying a visit to Maluuluolele Park, in the Lahaina area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.


Ka'ahumanu Church


This church, which began as a grass hut and went through several incarnations until this latest version was built in 1876, honors Queen Ka'ahumanu. Wife of King Kamehameha, she was the first royal to embrace Christianity and helped facilitate...  Read More


Lahaina Jodo Mission


Long known for its peaceful ambience, this area became a favorite refuge for Japanese plantation workers, who erected a simple sanctuary on the site. To mark the centennial anniversary of the Japanese presence in Hawaii, a large Buddha statue...  Read More


Maluuluolele Park


This current-day park is most notable for what it used to be rather than what it is today. Formerly known as Moku'ula, the revered site was a royal residence throughout ancient Hawaiian history and up until the mid-19th century, when King...  Read More




Constructed in 1912, this temple served as a social center for Chinese workers in the sugarcane industry. Named after the Wo Hing Society (a fraternal order), the temple includes a religious shrine and numerous items relating to the Chinese...  Read More


Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum


Housed in the former home of a plantation supervisor, this museum details the role of sugarcane in Hawaii's economy. An assortment of photos and artifacts documents the changes brought about by A&B's push to acquire and accumulate land. Societal...  Read More


Hale Pa'i


This structure, located on the grounds of the former Lahainaluna Seminary (now an area high school), was home to one of Hawaii's earliest printing presses. The press was used to create a dictionary of the Hawaiian language, which early...  Read More


FreChurch of the Holy Ghost


Constructed in the late 19th-century for Portuguese Catholics in the area, this octagonal church brings a bit of the Old Country to the islands. Modeled after a Portuguese crown, the building features an elaborate gilt altar and fourteen...  Read More


Bailey House


Originally built as a girl's school in the mid 19th-century, this structure eventually became the home of Edward and Caroline Bailey, the missionary couple who ran the school. Today, it is occupied by the Maui Historical Society, which operates...  Read More




Built in 1834 by Rev. Ephraim Spaulding and enlarged by his successor, Rev. Dwight Baldwin, this structure was home to American missionaries attempting to bring Christianity to the islands. Today, it displays artifacts from this era, including a...  Read More


Piilanihale Heiau


This sacred site, used for ancient religious purposes, dates back at least to the 16th century and the era of King Piilani. A Maui chieftain who spearheaded a number of civic works and helped unite the island, Piilani established the temple,...  Read More


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