Historic downtown Lahaina consists of near- and far-sight zones. The near zone is much of Lahaina town. The far zone inland is sloping agricultural land which blends into the backdrop of the West Maui mountains. The far zone seaward crosses the Auau Channel to the backdrop of Lanai. The entire existing complex of town, land and water gives Lahaina national value. Lahaina Historic District preserves the atmosphere of a mid-19th century Hawaiian seaport. It is prominently associated with the American whaling industry in the Pacific, an important commercial activity that influenced the Americanization of Hawaii and its subsequent annexation by the United States. As the former capital of Maui, it was intermittently the residence of Hawaiian kings. American missionaries made Lahaina a center of activity and left important architectural influences.
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