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1982 - Hawai‘i, Part 3

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One of my favorite spots on Maui is the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, a hotel which opened in 1901. Looking carefully at this 1982 photo, you can see the aging that has taken place. Still, it is fun to look at Hawaiian history, live and in person.

Here we see another side of the same hotel and, if you look closely, you might notice the shops filling the first floor spaces, leaving upstairs for guest rooms. A moment's reflection will tell you that hotel guests would rather have a nice view rather than seeing human and vehicle traffic right outside their room.

Nearby, the Carthaginian is moored at the dock. As I describe on my website, "The Carthaginian was a sailing ship which was built in 1920 in Germany as a two-master some 30 meters long. It was later converted to diesel power and used to transport cement until decommissioned in 1970.

It was then obtained by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, brought to Maui, and restored to the configuration of a whaling supply ship of the 1800s. It was then moored at this spot in Lahaina and opened for tours as a floating whaling museum.

Time took its toll and it became too expensive to maintain so it was sold to Atlantis Submarines and in 2005 was sunk in about 100 feet of water offshore where it rests today serving as a dive destination."

I feel privileged to have seen it, photographed it, and even boarded it. Now that it lies at the bottom of the Pacific, no one else can add that to their book of life experiences.

This was my first visit to the Baldwin Missionary House, the oldest house in Lahaina. For some reason (which I do not recall), I chose not to enter — a big mistake which I corrected on a more recent visit. Learn from my mistake and take the tour on your next visit to the Valley Isle. It has been fully restored and contains many furnishings and artifacts of the early missionary times on Maui.

Next door is the building that housed the Master's Reading Room — which dates to the time when whaling was king — and the captains of the ships held great influence. It was stocked with news articles and writing materials so that ship captains could get caught up while on land. The Master's Reading Room collected various artifacts over the years, donated from whalers with no money to give. The result is a peculiar and timely collection of whaler-aged relics. The lower floor now houses a gift shop and the upper floor is closed to visitors but is occasionally used for meetings.

Leaving Lahaina behind, we now find ourselves at Kapalua Beach. When I was processing this photo, I was shocked that it looks so different than I recall. After studying it for a few minutes, I realized that the beach has eroded over time and is no longer as big as it was at the time I took this picture. For example, in the middle of the photo, there are steps that lead from the sidewalk to the beach. With so much sand gone, the steps are now fully exposed and, in fact, require a big stepdown or a small jump to go from the steps to the sand. 'Tis a pity. But it is still my favorite beach on Maui because of its beauty, the small waves, and great snorkeling.

From a different vantage point, the small size of the waves and the clear water (great for snorkeling) here at Kapalua Bay are readily apparent. The name, loosely translated, means "arms embracing the sea" — you can see the left "arm" which is, in reality, a lava rock outcropping that stretches out from the shore into the ocean. The right "arm" is out of camera view to the right. The relatively narrow opening between the two is what minimizes the wave action and stirring of the sand to provide that excellent snorkeling opportunity.

Just a bit inland from the previous photo, we see one hole of the Kapalua Bay Course, designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane. I once received a bit of good fortune in the form of a gift that I received from a travel agent friend — an advertising booklet from the then brand new Bay Course at what was then called the Kapalua Bay Hotel (a Rockresort). It is a personal joy to view their photos of the immature golf landscape with small trees that have over time naturally matured into their current state.

Here we see the Methodist Church, built in the 1950s, that still stands at the intersection of the Lower Honoapiilani Road and Office Road. It served the religious needs of pineapple and sugar cane plantation workers.

Subsequently, the church sold the building and moved to a new facility nearby. The structure was refurbished, renamed (multiple times but is now) The Steeple House at Kapalua, and became one of Maui's premier venues for weddings, social events, and corporate functions.

A short distant mauka (inland) from The Steeple House stands the Honolua Store, also built to serve the plantation workers. On my first trip to Maui, I observed that they even had gasoline pumps in front of the store because this location was so far from "civilization". Due to the expense of refurbishing the underground tanks (ordered by the US Government to prevent leakage of gasoline into the soil), the tanks and pumps were removed prior to me taking this photo.

A few years ago, the building itself was refurbished, this front entrance was closed off and a new entrance was built to the right of this position. Also, a new kitchen was added, serving simple meals and snacks to locals and tourists alike (span musubi anyone?). It also sells popular Kapalua souvenirs.

This shot was taken on Pineapple Hill. The spiky plants in the foreground are pineapple plants. The rows of plants in the middle of the photo are also pineapple — as are those on the distant peninsula. Sadly, pineapple is no more on Maui (or elsewhere in Hawai‘i) except for the small Pineapple Plantation Tour in Hali'imaile (only $75 per person but gives you a complimentary Maui Gold pineapple).

It is interesting to note that this area is now the location of some very expensive homes. One I happened to find is "only" $7,950,000. It features 5 Beds, 6½ Baths, 0.62 Acres, and 7,784 ft². As soon as I find the magic numbers for the Powerball lottery, it's mine.

Last but not least is a wonderful photo of a mature pineapple, ready to be picked. The fruit grown here was called "Maui Gold" and was among the sweetest in the world. You can probably still find them at any of the Maui Farmer's Markets as well as via mail order from Pineapple Plantation Tour's website (https://www.mauipineapplestore.com/pineapple-shipping).

Life is good.

B. David

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