Lahaina Historic Prison on Prison Street
The old prison on Prison Street in Lahaina was built in 1852, during the reign of King Kamehameha III, to lock up rowdy sailors who failed to return to their ships at sundown. The walls are built of coral. The Hawaiian name for the prison is Hale Paahao, which means “stuck in irons house.” You can tour the prison free Monday-Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.
Some of the original rules posted on the prison wall are:
- Tobacco, opium, or intoxicating drinks may not be used by prisoners unless the physician determines they are necessary for health.
- Prisoners must not spit on the walls or floor.
- Singing, whistling, and laughter are prohibited.
- Prisoners who violate the rules my be flogged, or have their food reduced, or their head shaved.
Imagine the courtyard filled with drunken sailors from the whaling ships of the 1850’s.
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