Lahaina was the first capitol of the Kingdom and also where the ancient system came to an end with the breaking of the kapu. Lahaina was the capitol from 1820 to 1845 when it was moved to Honolulu. In the 19th century, Lahaina was the center of the worldwide whaling industry with many sailing ships anchoring in its waterfront. Lahaina experienced first-hand the most significant periods that shaped Hawaii's history, such as the arrival of the first Polynesians, the era of the missionaries, and the development of whaling activities.
Today, Lahaina is a Maui hot spot with dozens of art galleries and a variety of unique shops and restaurants lining the seafront. I proceeded to head to Starbucks for some computer work and upload blog posts. Debbe, Suz, and Doug went sightseeing. Later, we met up to walk to a nearby beach called "Baby Beach." It was a lovely spot with shade from palm trees and a nice grassy area for lounging. Doug rented two beach chairs from an enterprising old codger whose house was on the path to the beach. He was also offering to sell marijuana.