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A great wind from the Kauaula Valley struck the village of Lahaina in February 1858, destroying more than 20 buildings including Hale Piula, the courthouse-palace of King Kamehameha III. Construction of a new courthouse was begun the following May, using stones from the demolished Hale Piula.   

The new courthouse became the center of Maui County.   On Dec. 3, 1859, The Polynesian published the following: "The building contains a custom house, a post office, a collector's office in which there is a money vault, an office for the Governor of the island, a Police Court, a courtroom, and a room in which to starve the jury into unanimity"

The remnants of the Waterfront Fort are next.

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