Lahaina’s History Shared With Maui Seniors and Businesses

History of Lahaina for Kupuna Event

On a recent sunny morning, Maui senior citizens were treated to a free, four-hour tour of Lahaina’s rich history and Hawaiian culture through the Lahaina Restoration Foundation (LRF) program known as “History With Our Kupuna.”

In partnership with Kaunoa Senior Services, LRF’s Community Education Committee coordinated this program for the third consecutive year. Seniors traveled through 15 of Lahaina’s historic sites and museums, mostly on foot led by committee chair, Andy Kutsunai, and committee member, Karee Carlucci, and escorted by Kaunoa Senior Services Program Assistant Leslie Hiraga.

At Kamehameha Iki Park and the Moku‘ula restoration site on Front Street, Capt. Timmy Gilliom from Hui O Wa‘a Kaulua/ Mo‘okiha O Pi‘ilani and Wainani Kealoha from Friends of Moku‘ula/ Maui Nei Native Expeditions shared their knowledge and discussed current projects. Other stops included the Waiola Church & Cemetery, Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, Hale Pa‘ahao (Old Prison), the Banyan Tree, various Lahaina harbor front sites, and Baldwin Home Museum. A refreshment stop was organized by committee members, Bobby Kawaguchi, Richard Endsley and Louisa Shelton; the tour ended with a plantation lunch served at the Senior Center in Lahaina.

Group shot of the Lahaina history tour attendees

The attendees expressed appreciation about the amount and depth of information shared. One senior noted, “I’ve lived on Maui my entire life and this is the first time I have ever been to these historical sites. I’m just overwhelmed by the vast resources in my backyard.” Many in the group said that they looked forward to sharing this information with their family and friends.

On May 24, the LRF Community Education Committee will present another history tour, this time for a group of local business people who work on Front Street. The tour is customized for walking to sites in the heart of Lahaina Town that are popular landmarks and places that visitors ask restaurant and retail employees about; this one is called “History In Our FRONTyard.” Refreshments and reference materials are provided by Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

Wo Hing Museum’s Chinese Kite Festival

Wo Hing Kite Festival 2014

Celebrate the colorful, wonderful world of kites during a traditional Chinese Kite Festival at the Wo Hing Museum on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. The museum will be open at 10 am with the event running from 1 to 8 pm; admission is free.

Did you know that the Chinese are credited with the invention of the kite in the 5th century BCE, some 2500 years ago? From ancient to medieval times, kites have been used for measuring distances, testing wind, lifting humans and communicating for military operations. By the 19th century, kites were being used for scientific purposes in Europe. During the kite’s golden age, from 1860 to 1910, kites were a scientific research tool for meteorology, wireless communications and early aeronautics.

Kite Festival 2014 at the Wo Hing Museum Lahaina MauiIn China, the city of WeiFang in Shandong province is known as the kite capital of the world and is home to the world’s largest kite museum. Early descriptions of kites indicate they were made with bamboo frames covered by silk fabric and used silk flying line.

During Lahaina’s two-day festival, view an exhibit of handmade kites in traditional and modern styles. Participate in workshops to make your own kite or purchase one of the many kites that will be for sale. Dr. Busaba Yip Douglas will present a talk on the significance and history of kites in China. Robert Loera, former U.S. stunt-kite champ and co-founder of Hawaii Kiteflyers Association, will share his expertise and stories on the love of kites. Throughout each day, you can enjoy Chinese music and entertainment as well as Chinese delicacies to purchase. For details, call Wo Hing Museum at 808-661-5553.

We Invite You To The 51st Annual LRF Meeting

51st Annual LRF Meeting

You are welcome to join us for the 51st Annual Lahaina Restoration Foundation Meeting taking place Saturday, April 26 at Hale Pa‘ahao (Old Lahaina Prison) on Prison and Waine‘e Streets. A full breakfast buffet will be served.

Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations and payments are required in advance. Please call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 808-661-3262 by April 20 to make your reservation.

Free parking will be available at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, 551 Waine‘e Street and at the public parking lot on the corner of Front and Prison Streets.

We hope to see you there!