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Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison

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A look at the olden days.

I have always enjoyed history and lockups are certainly a part of them. Having been a sailor for... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Gerald S
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Tucson
Great piece of History away from main street

The area is the site of the prison from earlier days. There is a story on a sign outside but was... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2018
Jake_MA_11
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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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...more
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187 Prison St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1242
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All reviews quick visit whaling boat donation box interesting place free attraction self guided tour interpretive signs free entry great piece of history quick look we enjoyed walking interesting information worth a stop front street sailors dolls inmates
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting to see the layout and read what kind of crimes put people in there.. No staff in attendance but some signs to readMore

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Joni C, Manager at Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Mahalo for walking through the Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison. I'm glad you enjoyed the signs -- as it is our long-term goal to expand the exhibits in the future once funds are raised for the project. Appreciate your support and hope you have...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free entrance (donations welcome). Not that much to see but worth a little stop for history. Parking lot nearby.

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Joni C, Manager at Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo for visiting the Old Lahaina Prison! It is one of our fundraising goals to eventually install exhibits and open it up to more educational activities. Hope you'll come to visit again and see something new in a few years!

Reviewed 28 August 2018

I have always enjoyed history and lockups are certainly a part of them. Having been a sailor for many years it was interesting to see the treatment of prisoners. back then. Maybe we could learn some lessons for today.

Thank Gerald S
Joni C, Manager at Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

MAHALO! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! With your support and patronage, we hope to expand the prison to include more informative exhibits. Appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback!

Reviewed 3 August 2018

The old prison on Prison Street was o.k. It only took a few minutes to walk around. We wished there had been more to look at. It took us longer to find parking and to walk over. Hint: There are a couple of 20 minute...More

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Joni C, Manager at Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo for visiting the Old Lahaina Prison! It is one of our fundraising goals to eventually install exhibits and open it up to more educational activities. Hope you'll come to visit again and see something new in a few years!

Reviewed 20 June 2018

The area is the site of the prison from earlier days. There is a story on a sign outside but was roped off so you couldn't go inside. Its a nice piece of history that needs to be developed more.

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Joni C, Manager at Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo for visiting the Old Lahaina Prison back in the summer! It is one of our fundraising goals to eventually install exhibits and open it up to more educational activities. Hope you'll come to visit again and see something new in a few years!

Reviewed 6 June 2018

This is very old prison is really neat to see if you like historic buildings. When you see where it is located it is strange to think of a prison located where it is.

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

My wife and I recently visited this site and found it to be somewhat interesting. As others have noted, the site could have been more fully developed. However, we appreciated what was there including the various pieces of flora on the site. It turned out...More

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Joni C, Manager at Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo for visiting the Old Lahaina Prison! It is one of our goals as a non-profit to raise funds to eventually develop and install exhibits and open it up to more educational activities. Hope you'll come to visit again and see something new in a...More

Reviewed 2 June 2018

We discovered this place when our Lyft driver passed it on the way to our final destination. It's peaceful, spacious, and allows for a quick self-tour to days gone by.

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

This is the old jail for Maui. It is a few streets behind Front street and worth visiting if you are interested in Hawaiian history. There is no admission fee. What is there are the walls of the prison, the gatehouse and one building as...More

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Joni C, Manager at Hale Pa'ahao - Old Lahaina Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo for visiting the Old Lahaina Prison back in May! We appreciate your feedback that truly helps us as a non-profit organization to communicate the need and demand for the local community and the many visitors coming to Lahaina. It is one of our goals...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018

This was a fun detour with some fun photo ops including a really antique car parked in front of the prison wall. Was able to park on the street for a brief visit, enjoyed reading the signs and seeing the various equipment and locations open...More

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