Lahaina Roads is a waterway
surrounding islands of Maui, Molokai, and
Lanai make it a sheltered anchorage.
In 1941, Lahaina Roads sometimes was utilized as an alternate
anchorage to Pearl Harbor. While planning for the attack on the
U.S. Pacific Fleet
, Japanese planners hoped
that some significant units would be at anchor there because with
Lahaina's deep water, those elements of the Pacific Fleet would in
all likelihood, would never have been recovered.
The possibility that elements of the Pacific Fleet would be at
Lahaina Anchorage was taken very seriously in the attack plan of
the Kido Butai (The Japanese Naval Strike Force). Scout planes were
dispatched from the fleet, and I class submarines were sent to
Lahaina Roads to reconnoiter the anchorage.