We visited Cruel Sun, Maui, Hawaii, today. You never heard of it? That is the translation of the word, “Lahaina.” In 1820 it was chosen as the Royal Capital by King Kamehameha II, but only lasted as the capital until Honolulu was named as its replacement in 1845.
We last visited here four years ago, and it looks exactly the same. There is a long main street with beautiful items for sale in retail shops, along with their most famous ice cream shop, Lappert’s. In addition to premium ice cream and shave ice, it offers Dole Whip, a pineapple sorbet. The island used to be a center of pineapple and sugar production (before tourism replaced them), and there are many pineapple-themed foods and souvenirs to be found in the shops of Lahaina. At the end of town you can now find the Maui Outlet Shops. Everything is walkable. We saw a movie theater and got momentarily excited about seeing a movie. We have been on ships or small islands for quite a while now, so we haven’t seen many new releases. But we found the theater only shows films in the evenings (and of course, we were here during the day).
As you will see, it was a dark and stormy day. Some people got absolutely drenched when there was a sudden downpour. We walked through a light rain that stopped after 15 minutes or so, but the afternoon brought more showers. The rain did mean that it wasn’t quite so hot as normal, so that was great.
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