What was lost in Lahaina, a glittering jewel of the Hawaiian Kingdom

Posted on AllSides August 11th, 2023
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Lāhainā has always been a survivor. The coastal town in West Maui has endured and evolved, from serving as the former capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom to emerging as an important whaling port that inspired Herman Melville to immortalize the era in Moby Dick. But deadly wildfires have decimated much of the coastal town, claiming at least 55 lives and destroying hundreds of homes and buildings, including important historic and cultural sites. Once known as Lele, which translates to “relentless sun,” severe drought conditions in Lāhainā coupled with high winds...

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