National Kite Month Exhibit at the Wo Hing Museum

Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26, 2019 at Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse

April is National Kite Month and to celebrate, the Wo Hing Museum will offer FREE ADMISSION from Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26, 2019 to see its colorful kite displays. Hours are Monday – Thursday 10 am-4 pm and Friday 10 am-8 pm.

To get updates on the exhibit, learn fun kite facts and find more information about our Chinese Kite Festival (Friday, April 26) and Kite Flying Day (Saturday, April 27), follow us on Facebook @LahainaRestoration, Twitter @LahainaRestFnd and Instagram @LahainaRestoration.

Kahālāwai Performs at Free Hawaiian Music Series Concert

The newly formed group, Kahālāwai, will perform at a free outdoor concert on Thursday, March 28, from 6 – 7:30 PM.  The setting is the front lawn of the Historic Baldwin Home Museum on the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets.

Kahālāwai, which means “to meet or meeting together”, is composed of Dana Pi‘ilani Arias and Joshua Pilialoha Kahula.  As a recording artist, Pi‘ilani has played guitar on a variety of artists’ albums, releasing his first solo album, Dash-A in 2015.  Josh was lead singer of Maui’s popular band, Nuff Sedd, whose debut album was recognized at the 2005 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for Reggae Album of the Year.

“Ke Ali‘i”, Kahālāwai’s single, was just released last month and is available for digital download. 

Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Blankets, mats, and low beach chairs are welcome. There is paid parking in the lot behind the museum.

Now in its eleventh year, the Hawaiian Music Series is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development.

Mitch Kepa performs at Hawaiian Music Series

Hawaiian vocalist and guitarist Mitch Kepa will be giving a free concert at the Historic Baldwin Home Lawn on Thursday, February 28 from 6-7:30pm.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Mitch Kepa knew music was going to be a big part of his life when he saw a TV commercial featuring the late Gabby Pahinui playing beautiful Hawaiian slack key guitar.  “Hawaiian music started my journey as an artist. The rest was history for me.”  Mitch has been performing for more than 30 years, concentrating on vocals first and guitar second. Whether playing classic Hawaiian Slack Key or more contemporary acoustic guitar, Mitch always strives for innovation and creativity in his music.  By stretching musical boundaries, he has developed an amazing and unique musical style.

Come enjoy this free concert – part of the Hawaiian Music Series, presented by Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

  • WHEN: Thursday, February 28,6-7:30pm
  • WHERE: Historic Baldwin Home Museum Lawn (corner of Front and Dickenson Streets)
  • DETAILS: Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Blankets, mats, and low beach chairs are welcome. Paid parking available in lot behind the museum.

Now in its eleventh year, the Hawaiian Music Series is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development. For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262 or visit LRF on Facebook.

Ring in the Year of the Pig for Chinese New Year (Friday, February 8, 2019)

Lahaina Restoration Foundation invites the public to the Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse (858 Front Street) on Friday, February 8, 2019 for an evening of cultural art activities that pay tribute to the year of the pig for Chinese New Year. The museum will be open between 10 am and 7 pm with free admission.

The Chinese cultural celebration at Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse features a variety of free activities between 2 and 7 pm.   At 2pm, Dr. Busaba Yip and special guest Dennis Ryan, will present the history of the festival and the story of the pig: The first Chinese dragon.    Repeat presentation at 6pm.

Enjoy a musical performance from 3 – 7 pm by Toi Suchitra Srijantara on the Gu Zheng Chinese Harp and cimbalom. From 4 to 7 pm in the museum yard, kids can make Year of the Pig paper bag puppets. Cultural activities for all ages include:  Chinese calligraphy with Rev. Takayuki Meguro, the art of Chinese knot tying with Brenda Wong, learn & play mahjong with Paula Maki and add your wish to the Wishing Tree.

The highlight of festivities will take place at 5pm with a blessing by Au’s Sharlin Arts Society, followed by the lion dance, where guests can “feed” the lion with lai see envelopes for good luck. The procession will move down Front Street and conclude at Campbell Park (adjacent to Baldwin House).

Sun Nien Fai Lok – Happy New Year! Chinese New Year is sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and County of Maui Office of Economic Development.

Brother Noland Performs at Hawaiian Music Series-January 31, 6-730 pm

Brother Noland is a storyteller at heart and music is how he shares his experiences. Born and raised in the islands but well traveled, Brother Noland is a legacy Hawaiian artist, who has deeply influenced contemporary Hawaiian music with timeless hits such as “Coconut Girl” and “Big Ship.” 

As an impactful player in Hawai’i”s music scene and one of Hawai’i”s most respected artists, he was honored in 2014 by the State of Hawai’i for a “Lifetime Achievement in Music” award. But despite all the accolades, Brother Noland has never forgotten his roots and the community. Through his philanthropy he helps at-risk youth define their choices and make a quality connection to the community. His Ho’ea Initiative is dedicated to teaching children how to live off the ‘aina (land) and the ocean. Limited seating is provided on the lawn; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome.  The ongoing Hawaiian Music Series is sponsored by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, with support from KPOA 93.5 FM.   

Kuikawa Performs at Hawaiian Music Series

Thursday, December 27th, 6-730pm

Kuikawa is comprised of Lukela Kanae (left), James“Koakane” Mattos (middle), and Joshua Kulhavy-Sutherland (right).They met in 2016 as students in the Institute of Hawaiian Music atthe UH Maui campus. As avid fans of Hawaiian music andlovers of good harmony, they quickly formed agroup andbegan to perform around the island of Maui.

Lukela Kanae is an alumni of Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus, where he was always surrounded by Hawaiian singing and hula. He played bass guitar with the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian Ensemble and began developing his singing voice after joining the Institute for Hawaiian Music.

James “Koakane” Mattos developed an interest in music during high school. He developed his leo ki’eki’e (Hawaiian falsetto). Koakane placed 2nd in the Richard Ho’opi’i Falsetto Contest last September.

Joshua Kulhavy-Sutherland was home schooled and entertained himself with guitar and ukulele. After graduating from college, he entered the Institute of Hawaiian Music and formed the band Kuikawa with Koakane and Lukela. Limited seating is provided on the lawn; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. This ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development with support from KPOA 93.5FM.

Hawaiian Music Series Free Concert

Singer-Songwriter Blayne Asing Performs at Free Hawaiian Music Concert

Singer-songwriter Blayne Asing will perform at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, November 29th, from 6 to 7:30 pm on the lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum, at the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets in Lahaina.

Blayne Asing was born and raised on O‘ahu and learned to play the ‘ukulele at eight years old. He began singing in the Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus at age nine, picked up the guitar at age 14, and played percussion in the Kamehameha Schools marching, concert and pep bands. In addition to his musical prowess on a variety of instruments, Blayne is also a prolific songwriter.

Asing’s music is influenced by country and folk musicians such as James Taylor and Jackson Browne, as well as popular Hawaiian artists Cecilio and Kapono, Brother Noland, Olomana, Kalapana, and the Kaʻau Crater Boys. His original songs range from country/folk to Hawaiian and contemporary island music.

Blayne released his debut album, “Young, Old Soul” in 2015, earning him the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist. His songs received heavy airplay on Hawai‘i radio stations and listeners asked for more. In April 2016, Blayne released a single, “Molokai On My Mind,” which won Single of the Year at the 2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.

Limited seating is provided on the lawn; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. This ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development with support from KPOA 93.5FM. For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 808-661-3262 or visit us online at

The success of this program is due to YOUR attendance and support.  Come out and enjoy live Hawaiian Music!  It’s FREE!

Chinese Moon Festival Draws BIG Crowd

We know you care about Lahaina’s rich culture, history and heritage when you show up in a big way to support our signature events. This was the case with the “Chinese Moon Festival” hosted at the Wo Hing Temple on September 22.

It was a perfectly warm, mid-autumn day. More than 1,500 heads were counted at the front gate yet many more of you enjoyed the festivities when we opened up the second entrance. There were so many activities including an exclusive tour of the upstairs of the WoHing Temple, Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan sessions by the Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy, a special Gau Gee food demo and tasting by Chef Bobby Santos, deliciously authentic Moon cakes and Chinese teas, delightful GuZheng Harp Music and family-friendly activities such as fan-making by the Lahaina Arts Association and Chinese calligraphy and knot-tying.

We can’t wait for next year’s Chinese Moon Festival. This year’s was a huge success thanks to the many hands involved in the planning and execution. Mahalo to our hardworking staff, community, volunteers, and donors for making this important event come to fruition.

Chinese Moon Festival is sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui Office of Economic Development, and hosted by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation with the Wo Hing Society. Mahalo to event partners including Lahaina Arts Association, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu, and Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy.



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Bailey House Pheasant Feather Hat

Maui Museums Open the Vaults for Archives Month

     David Ige and Lt. Governor Douglas Chin have proclaimed October 2018 as Archives Month for the State of Hawai‘i—and Maui museums are celebrating! Across the island, special displays and exhibits grace the venues at Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, Bailey House Museum, Haleakalā National Park collections, Makawao History Museum, and Lahaina Restoration Foundation.                   

     Maui residents and visitors alike are invited to discover the numerous treasures contained in archives and special collections island wide and to recognize the important resources that archives provide.

  • Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum – On Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 10 am – 1 pm, the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum is celebrating American Archives Month with a viewing of select photos from its archives.  Participants can explore Maui’s sugar past and learn about this very important part of island history.  Space is limited, and reservations are required. Please call 808-871-8058 during business hours. Separate entry to museum is optional at regular entry fees.
  • Bailey House Museum – Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House Museum will have “Treasures from our Archives” on display throughout October. Staff have selected four of the museum’s more treasured items to display, including a one-of-a-kind “Metal Pōhaku KuʻiʻAi Poi Pounder” and a “Pheasant Feather Hat.” Located on the way to ʻĪao Valley, the museum is at 2375-A Main St., Wailuku. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; (808) 244-3326,
  • Haleakalā National Park (at Makawao History Museum) – On Oct. 22, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Katie Matthew, Haleakalā National Park’s Museum Technician, will give a talk titled “Seeking the Summit: Early Tourism to Haleakalā.” The talk will take place at Makawao History Museum (3643 Baldwin Ave.) and will include historic photos and items from Haleakalā National Park’s archive collection. For more information about the collection, please visit
  • Makawao History Museum – From Oct. 22 to 27, Makawao History Museum will present a display of its Makawao Rodeo programs, along with photographs and memorabilia from past rodeos. Visitors may also view a DVD of interesting “home movies” from 1965 forward, including footage of the Makawao Rodeo Parade traveling through Makawao Town, the rodeo itself at the Old Kahului Fairgrounds, footage of rodeo queen Fern White riding “Roman Style” with three horses, and footage of Willie Thompson, son of Charlie Thompson, wrangling at Kealia Ranch on Hawai‘i Island. The museum is located at 3643 Baldwin Ave., Makawao. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; (808) 572-2482,
  • Lahaina Restoration Foundation – On Sunday, Oct. 28, from noon to 3 p.m., at Hale Paʻi located on the campus of Lahainaluna High School, Hale Pa‘i docent and LRF researcher Chris Conley will be demonstrating how old maps and other archival materials are carefully cleaned before storage. The newly constructed climate-controlled archival storage space will be available for viewing, and Conley will also demonstrate the cleaning of objects that go on display in museums. Some seldom-seen treasures, such as an invitation to Dr. and Mrs. Baldwin to attend the coronation of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani on Feb. 12, 1883, will be on display.
     “Archival documents and historical records provide a unique resource to the rich heritage, culture and diversity of Hawai‘i,” Gov. Ige stated in designating October as Archives Month for the State of Hawaiʻi. He issued the proclamation in response to a request from the Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists.
Nationwide, October is American Archives Month, a collaborative effort by organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information that has lasting value, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records.
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Maui Live, October 25th!

FREE Hawaiian Music Series features Franz Kahale

     Lahaina Restoration Foundation is pleased to present Franz Kahale for this month’s “Hawaiian Music Series”, a free live performance on Thurs., Oct., 25, 6–7:30 pm. Staged on the front porch of the Baldwin Home Museum on the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets, it’s the ideal spot to enjoy Hawaiian music.                                                                                                              

     Native Hawaiian Franz Kahale is a grassroots musician whose eclectic sound features his raw and rustic musicality. Franz has been performing worldwide for over thirty years and has recorded albums with members of The Beach Boys, The Robert Cray Band, The Bonnie Raitt Band, Kalapana and Genesis. He has also written local hits for bands such as Na Leo, Kahikina and Ernie Cruz Jr.                                                                                       

     Franz released his first album, One Road Taken, in 1995. Five years later Poi Dog was released (2010) followed by Out of the Blues (2011) which is essentially a live performance with little or no editing. At this juncture of his career, Franz continues to reinvent himself with his honest approach to songwriting. Displaying a deep range of scope with ambiguous poetry and a dynamic chordal movement, Franz creates an earthy foundation for his edgy and seasoned vocals. For Franz Kahale, cover songs are far more than “re-done”, they are reconstructed to be his own. Franz delivers a reinvigorated perspective to the music that has influenced and inspired him throughout his life and career. 

      Now in its 10th year, the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development sponsor the “Hawaiian Music Series”. The success of this program is due to residents and visitors who support Hawaiian culture and arts in Lahaina Town through their attendance, appreciation and donations. Follow the Hawaiian Music Series via social media at #HMS2018 #HawaiianMusic