Hello Friends and Family,

1975 Maui, HI, Part 3

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A personal note: This week I upgraded my seven-year-old Mac Pro to the brand new M1 Mac Mini. There have been some challenges but everything came together on Friday once the last needed cable was delivered. Unfortunately, Photoshop is not working so I had to juggle using the new Mac Mini and an older MacBook that I previously used for travel (remember that) to do this week's LAHP. I hope it was worth my struggle.

We start today with an aerial shot of Lahaina — when it was a sleepy little town seeped in the history of once being the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Over the years, it has changed from a place to purchase postcards (remember those?) and small trinkets (for the folks who did not come to Maui with you) to a place selling high-quality art and jewelry (but at much higher prices than the trinkets of old).

I confess that I did not take this photo — the plane ride would have been way beyond my budget — but it was a slide I purchased in one of those tourist-trap shops.

As you'll recall from last week, I walked all the way from Ka‘anapali Beach to Lahaina. This spot informally marks the beginning of the commercial district. If you were to visit today, it would look much the same. Be sure to look for those black crabs that live among the black rocks on the beach below.

Those of you who have been to Maui will recognize the buildings along Front Street. Today, because of the higher cost of the "souvenirs" that travelers purchase now, the properties have since been refurbished and upgraded while still retaining some of that old Hawaiian Kingdom charm. Personally, I think the old ones are still charming. Also, I find the old cars rather charming, too — I had a 1968 VW Beetle like the one in the photo — mine was in better shape.

Here is one of the tourist shops — decorated with island grasses on the roof. Although I made fun of the tourist-trap shops, I used to find some worthwhile treasures. For instance, I have a few photos that were printed by the Bishop Museum (on O‘ahu) of the old sailing ships in Honolulu harbor and another of the young women who made leis to sell to the tourists disembarking from the passenger liners (which is how most folks came to Hawai‘i prior to aircraft coming into service with the ability to fly 2,479 miles non-stop over the Pacific Ocean).

And here we see the Pioneer Inn, built in 1901. It is a part of the Lahaina Historic District and a U.S. National Historic Landmark. It is the oldest hotel in Lahaina and on the island of Maui and the oldest in continuous operation in the state of Hawaii.

Additionally, in an online article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Over the past 100 years, Pioneer Inn has hosted scores of famous names, such as Hawaii's last queen (Lili‘uokalani), Mark Twain, Jack London, Sun Yat-sen, Jackie Kennedy, and Northwest author Tom Robbins.

"Although it was constructed 30 years after the last whaling ships anchored in the Lahaina roadstead, it retains the flavor of a whaling inn and pub, complete with authentic antique whalers and whaling memorabilia."

This is a view of the street along the side of the Pioneer Inn. Many of the doors lead into small retail shops rented to the proprietors by the hotel. And we also see more of those vintage automobiles that seemed so modern in those days. Well, some of them anyway.

Another commercial building — this one containing Michael's Island Fashion & Jewelry plus Island Gifts & Things. I find it fun to peruse the merchandise, even if I don't plan on buying anything. You never know when some little item says, "Buy me, buy me!"

Here is another view from that side street next to the Pioneer Inn (which would be just out of view to our left). On the right is Courthouse Square with the remarkable banyan tree — it's huge — a quarter of a mile in circumference. Both then and now, it was and is a favorite place to relax and get out of the mid-day sun as well as a place for local artists to exhibit their paintings, photos, and hand-made jewelry.

Walking a few steps in the other direction, you get a marvelous view of the Lahaina waterfront.

And across Front Street stands the Baldwin Missionary House, built in 1834-35 as a home for Reverend Dwight Baldwin and his family (seven children). It has been restored and is a very interesting place to visit.

When I first saw this property, I assumed it was some kind of garden or even a shrine. But it turns out to be a residence whose owner was retired and loved to keep his property in exhibition-worthy condition.

Well, I had come to the end of Front Street and I decided to take the complimentary trolley back to Ka‘anapali — my legs were tired. This service was provided by the resort hotels because many visitors (like me) did not rent cars for their whole stay (again, like me). It certainly made it easy for people like myself to visit Lahaina and later return for a relaxing dip in the ocean.

I hope you enjoyed my reminiscing about my first visit to Maui. Next week will be a new adventure, I'm sure.

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com