Historic Lahaina

The Canal

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A freshwater stream once flowed through central Lahaina to the waterfront.   Whalers had to cross the reef in their small "chase boats," land on the beach and drag their boats to the deeper, clearer part of the stream to fill their casks, so a canal was dug to open the waterway for easier access.   Remnants of the canal could still be seen at the turn of the century, but were filled in in 1913.

The Government Market was adjacent to the canal, and next on the tour.

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