Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison

Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison

Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison
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Hale Pa‘ahao (stuck-in-irons house) was Lahaina’s “new” prison in the 1850s. During the peak of the whaling era, as you can imagine, the small village of Lahaina was rampant with rowdy sailors who were ready for fun and relaxation along with villagers who were willing to play and trade with them. FREE 20-minute parking available in front of the Gatehouse Entrance.
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Built in 1852 to house the rowdy sailors who roamed the streets. The gate house has been rebuilt, but there are information boards around to give the background to the building. Entry is free.
Written 20 November 2022
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
During the prim whaling years, when Lahaina was visited by hundreds of ships, stopping by for supplies and water, this prison was a very popular place for rambunctious sailors and other rowdy offenders'
The Locals called this little prison Hale Pa'ahao or "stuck in irons." Built out of coral and lava rock it did not offer a comfortable place to stay.
Today it is a museum with information plaques outside outlining the prison's history, and shackles and other jail paraphernalia evoking a colourful image of prison life inside.
The Lahaina Restoration Foundation maintains this historical site, and while there is no charge to enter, donations are appreciated.
We passed by on Monday so were unable to go inside

TIP: Car enthusiasts check out the Model "T" ford outside, it ran for 40 years on minimum electronics.
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Written 13 September 2022
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Virginia44,690 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Originally, Lahaina Prison was located at the Old Fort near the waterfront. In 1852, Kamehameha III authorized the building of a new jail on Prison Street. Offenses included being drunk, jumping ship, or riding through town recklessly on a horse. The warden lived in the two-story gatehouse. There are two buildings, one used for male and one for female prisoners. Be sure to look through the peep hole in the door of one of the cells to see and hear a wax figure of a sailor sharing his story of imprisonment. The signs and photographs on the walls are quite interesting. Other exhibits include an admiralty style anchor, a British Falcon Signal Gun, an illustration of a 19th century whaler, and signs listing the offenses and convictions of the prisoners and an old whale boat in the prison yard.
Written 21 May 2022
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hogwashhogan
Fort Lauderdale, Florida71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Self guided tour of a prison built during the peak of the whaling era. Interesting displays and story. Enjoyable museum and gardens. Donation requested.
Written 30 November 2021
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42kRun
Houston161 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We were the only visitors to the old Lahaina prison which had a building housing the old cells and some written plackards describing what the prison was like. No museum staff, just a donation slot
Written 8 February 2021
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art d
Winnipeg, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We enjoyed this free attraction while staying in Maui. There were some iterative exhibits which told a story of the early whalers
Written 15 March 2020
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TimeTravelerAdventures
Lake Forest, CA224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It's free and there are many plaques inside to tell you about what happened here. Parking can be a little tricky. If you are on Front Street it's just a short walk.
Written 27 February 2020
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shemmy2
San Jose, CA146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you head south on Honoapiilani towards the Front St area and turn on Prison St, you'll see the Old Lahaina Prison. It is a little freebiee self tour of how people doing bad things were incarcerated in the whaling days. Free admission and street parking. A nice respite from shopping & eating.
Written 19 February 2020
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Mojoblue717
Manchester, UK3,247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Spent the day in this lovely town, the Capital of Maui, and to while the time away before our booked whale watching trip, took a look around the town and found this most interesting place tucked away, a short walk front the towns main thoroughfare, Front St.
Not a big site, but a lot of history attached to it, from the time this was a whale hunting town. Been lovingly restored, and as my pix show, quite a bit of info relating to its history. A Should visit when in town
Written 17 February 2020
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holiday-view23-7-11
Basingstoke, UK1,800 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This well maintained sight is open to the public and there is no entrance fee on staff to monitor the sight, at least not while we were there. There are some signs that give information about the prisons history and the day in the life of a prisoner. Look in the cell it is pretty dark but a took a photo and the flash lite up the cell and the display inside. Look out for the old truck and car outside need the entrance. It is a bit out of the way but easy enough to find with a town map. Like the rest of the town it is another hidden treasure. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Worth spending 30 minutes at.
Written 17 February 2020
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