Dr. Barber climbed the “L” mountain above Lahainaluna

Dr. Barber climbed the “L” mountain above Lahainaluna high school on Maui.

This mountain overlooks the town of Lahaina, Hawaii and is easily identified by the large “L” near the summit. The “L” stands for Lahainaluna high school which is located near the base of the mountain and was founded in 1831. It is said to be the oldest high school west of the Rockies. Above the “L” is the grave site of David Malo who was a Hawaiian poet and historian that attended the high school during the 1830s.

About 7 ½ miles round trip from the tender docks and about 2,250’ elevation gain.

Lahainaluna high school seniors climb up to the “L” carrying 40# bags of lime to better define the letter. On graduation night the “L” is lit up with flares to celebrate the graduating class. Up at the grave site, there are many plaques placed by the seniors at the high school each year Mount Ball or as the locals call it Paupau