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LRF seeks information on crash that damaged the Old Lahaina Prison

By Staff | Jun 28, 2018

A vehicle crashed into the Old Lahaina Prison on the night of June 15. If you have information, e-mail info@lahainarestoration.org or call 661-3262.

LAHAINA – On Friday, June 15, sometime in the middle of the night, a vehicle slammed into the Wainee Street wall of the Old Lahaina Prison at the intersection of Wainee and Prison streets. The driver left the scene of the accident.

The Old Lahaina Prison was built in the early 1850s to detain the many rowdy whalers who were causing havoc in Lahaina Town.

Coral blocks for the prison’s massive walls were taken from the fort at the harbor and repurposed for the prison. When oil was discovered in 1859, demand for whale oil plummeted, causing the whaling ships and their wayward crews to leave town. The prison fell into ruin.

In partnership with the County of Maui, Lahaina Restoration Foundation restored the Old Lahaina Prison in 1985. Today, the site is under management of LRF and is open daily to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The foundation seeks the public’s help in finding the culprit who damaged this historic site. Information can be sent to info@lahainarestoration.org or call 661-3262.