Historic Lahaina

MALU`ULUOLELE PARK

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In the area of Maluuluolele Park there was once a pond at the end of a village called Mokuhinia.   It was home to Kihawahine, the greatest moo (dragon or lizard) on Maui, who was worshiped by the royal family as a special guardian.

When Kamehameha the Great conquered Maui, he claimed this sacred spot.   A tiny island in the pond, Mokuula, was home to Maui chiefs, and several royal family members of the early 1800s were interred there.   

Later Mokuula was a residence for three Kamehameha kings.   References describe the walkway out to the center of the island where the young kings Kamehameha II and III kept to themselves, away from the rigors of court life.   In 1918 the pond was filled in and the island leveled.

More about Moku`ula and plans for restoration of the fish pond and island can be found online.

Next is Waine`e Church, now called Waiola Church.

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