Master's Reading Room

Much of the history on Maui recollects a time when whaling ships ruled the waters, and Maui became home to a large amount of sea men. The Master's Reading Room was conceptualized and built during this time, to satisfy the needs of captains once they hit land. After traveling long distances, ship captains needed a place to catch up on wordly news and log their journeys.

Historical image of the inside of the Master's Reading Room in Lahaina

Lahaina town officials recognized this need and with the help of missionaries, built the Master's Reading Room to serve as a Gentlemen's Club of sorts. The Master's Reading Room was stocked with news articles and writing materials so ship captains could get caught up while on land. The Master's Reading Room collected various artifacts over the years, donated from whalers with no money to give. The result is a peculiar and timely collection of whaler-aged relics. 

Side of the exterior of the Master's Reading Room in Lahaina

The Lahaina Restoration Foundation has preserved this unique building, and today there are shops on the ground floor of the building.

The ground level of this building is open to the public, and we recommend checking out the architecture and the shops inside.

The building, which is nearing 200 years old, is built of bricks and stone and has a gorgeous second-level wrap around porch.

Master's Reading Room Details

  • Hours: open daily, 10am - 6pm
  • Location: 100-120 Dickenson Street, Lahaina, HI

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