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. www.sugarmuseum.com.
  • 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, MauiMuseum.org.
  • 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 www.nps.gov/hale/learn/historyculture/collections.htm
  • 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, makawaomuseum.org.
  • 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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