Lahaina Browsing and Shopping

After our excursion to Haleakala Crater on Maui, the lovely Robin and I still had some time before we had to be back on the ship. So we took full advantage. The banyan tree above, close to the port in historical Lahaina (which was once the capital of Hawaii) is the oldest banyan tree in Hawaii and, according to our excursion guide, the second largest in the world! It was planted on April 24, 1873, by William Owen Smith, who was the sheriff of Lahaina at the time.
We had already purchased a beautiful ukulele on board the ship but wanted to find another on one of the islands. So we started looking around in Lahaina. While doing so, we came across the Maui Friends of the Library bookstore. A bookstore. We had to go in, of course, because I love local bookstores (I think I've mentioned it here and here and here and here). 

What a great find this was. Delightful little store, tucked away in the Wharf Cinema Center.  We browsed for awhile and then asked the young woman behind the counter about a music store where we could buy a quality ukulele. She said friends of hers ran one less than a mile away. So we took the main highway and headed away from the harbor, up one street, across several, to Honoapiilani Highway and kept walking, walking, walking. Finally, after several confusing minutes, we found it. In a very unassuming strip mall.
And we bought another ukulele, and high-tailed it back to the ship, catching one of the last few tenders! Mission accomplished. Mahalo. 

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