On Saturday, May 7, Lahaina Restoration Foundation (LRF) will be displaying its digitally preserved Plantation Camp Maps at the Maui Matsuri Festival in Kahului. Held in the UH-Maui College Courtyard from 2 to 9 pm, Maui Matsuri perpetuates Japanese culture and celebrates the legacies that families in our community have passed down to future generations.
LRF’s 32 colorful camp maps encompass both sugar and pineapple plantation communities from Lahaina to Honolua. The camp map display was extremely popular during Lahaina Plantation Days, where a majority of the information on these interactive maps was collected during seven years of the event. Without the public’s participation by noting family homes on the maps, the details would have been lost in the future.
In July, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului will be hosting a plantation festival, and LRF will be on site with the Plantation Camp Maps to assist people in saving more neighborhood stories.
LRF is currently the only organization collecting information about the camps in West Maui. The camp map project is part of LRF’s outreach efforts to gather primary source historical information from our community. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the digital camp maps, please email us.