A dedicated member
of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, George Freeland,
tracked a notorious criminal to Lahaina. Freeland
fell in love with Lahaina and built the Pioneer Hotel
in 1901for many years the only hotel in town.
His family still owns the property.
Lahaina wasn't a
major tourist center in the early days of the Pioneer
Hotel, so Freeland built a service station and a movie
theater to attract business. Pioneer Theatre
became a major attraction. Benches were provided
for the general public and reserved chairs were held
for the privileged Pioneer Mill lunas (bosses).
Renovations and expansion
of the Pioneer Hotel were completed in 1964.
The bar and dining rooms feature an impressive collection
of whaling artifacts and other salty memorabilia.
It has a cozy little bar full of rowdy residents
and visitors who bring back memories of Lahaina's
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