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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.

Next is the site of the Hauola Stone.

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