U.S. SEAMEN'S HOSPITAL
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During the reign of
Kamehameha the Great, unscrupulous masters of American
and English whaling ships began dumping sailors in
the Islands to lighten their loads before heading
to Canton to trade. Records from the 1850s
refer to 2,000 3,000 destitute sailors on Hawaiian
beaches during the month of October. Hungry
for food, drink and female companionship, they were
an embarrassment to the American government, which
persuaded Kamehameha III to lease the building as
a center for the sick and disabled seamen of Lahaina.
The U.S. Seamen's Hospital was purchased in
1974 by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and now
stands completely restored.
One of the best is saved
for last, and the perfectly restful place to contemplate
all that you've seen and what it means! Next
is the Jodo Mission
and the largest statue of Buddha in the U.S. and probably
outside of his homeland.
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