faced print is reproduced from the Lahaina Historical
Guide with permission from the publisher. Copyright
1998, Honolulu Publishing
Company, Ltd. All rights reserved.
Free copies of the Lahaina Historical Guide are
available throughout Lahaina Town and the Kā`anapali resorts.
The lawn of what is
now the Lahaina Public Library was once a taro patch.
Taro, a staple of the Hawaiian diet, is used
to make poi. Some accounts of Old Lahaina describe
it as a "Venice of the Pacific" because
of the many waterways, streams, ponds and taro patches
which were flooded with water like rice paddies.
The natural waterways were re-routed to provide fresh
water for the community as Lahaina grew. The
taro patch on the grounds fronting the Baldwin home
was described by both the Richards and the Baldwins
in letters to friends and is shown on maps and sketches
of the day.
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