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The historic hamlet of Lahaina has so many tales to tell that most every type of visitor wants to go there. History buffs have a heyday in this former Hawaiian capital, where the Kamehameha dynasty prevailed some two centuries ago; and where bawdy 19th-century sailors and prim Christian missionaries coexisted less than peacefully. Shoppers flock to the dozens of fine-art galleries and souvenir boutiques along its picturesque seaside streets, while water lovers have their pick of pleasure cruises. Lahaina is a town of extremes, from its 150-year-old banyan tree to one of the biggest Buddhas this side of Asia. Come evening, the town turns into a spirited gathering place with live entertainment and some of the island’s best-loved restaurants. Here are just a few ways your clients can make the most of this Maui must-see.
// (C) 2010 Trilogy Excursions
2. Relive History at the Baldwin House// (C) 2010 John Motelewski, John Pierre’s StudioInside this 1835 coral-and-stone home, originally built for Rev. Dwight Baldwin, clients get a taste of missionary life in old Lahaina. As a practicing physician, Baldwin helped save the people of Maui, Molokai and Lanai from the scourge of smallpox during the epidemic of 1853. From original household furnishings, photographs and artifacts to historic displays, the home presents a fascinating snapshot of days gone by. www.lahainarestoration.org
// (C) 2010 John Motelewski, John Pierre’s Studio
//// (C) 2010 Lahaina Galleries
4. Chill Out at Kimo’s// (C) 2010 Kimo’sWhether travelers stop by for a full meal of fish tacos or a plate of pupus such as fresh sashimi, the oldest restaurant on Front Street rewards them with a quintessential Lahaina dining experience. Steer your clients toward a table on the open-air lanai overlooking views of Molokai and Lanai. No one should ask for the bill until they have ordered its famous hula pie: macadamia nut ice cream on a chocolate cookie crust topped with chocolate fudge sauce, whipped cream and macadamia nuts. www.kimosmaui.com
// (C) 2010 Kimo’s
// (C) 2010 Ulalena at Maui Theatre
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