Planning workshop set for Lahaina Harbor

A planning workshop for the Lahaina Harbor area, part of a series of workshops, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pioneer Inn.

The planning session will be led by interpretive planners Dave and Mary Bucy.

This workshop is part of the IMAGINE project and is the seventh meeting in the nine-month planning process. The project is coordinated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation with support from the county Planning Department.

The major problems in the Lahaina Harbor area have been identified by the community as congestion, loss of historical and cultural identification and lack of management. At previous meetings, the community developed a comprehensive vision for the area and a transportation plan to address congestion.

The upcoming workshop will focus on identifying the significant stories, sites and historical events that took place in the area and how best to tell those stories to the public. Significant sites include the Brick Palace and the area of the King’s Taro Patch. The hauola stone can be viewed in the water just off the edge of the makai library lawn, and the lighthouse, although rebuilt several times, still stands at Lahaina Harbor, where it was first built by King Kamehameha III. Originally lit by whale oil, the lighthouse transitioned to kerosene, switched to electric, and since 2008 has been powered by solar energy.

The community is invited to join the free public workshop. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 661-3262 or go to the website