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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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. 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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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            

Celebrate the Chinese Heritage Festival on Nov. 9th!

Celebrate the legacy of Chinese immigration to Maui with this exciting Chinese Heritage Festival! The festival honors Lahaina’s plantation-era Chinese heritage and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen who is remembered as the “Father of Modern China.” New this year! The event will also showcase a “Taste of China” with exciting treats from Chinatown!

ALL WEEK FROM NOVEMBER 5-9th, 10 AM – 4 PM
Enjoy free admission to the Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse, a film tribute to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, special educational exhibits on the history of Wo Hing Temple, and ribbon tying honoring Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s dream for “Peace, Prosperity, and Harmony.”

SCHEDULE ON NOVEMBER 9th:
– 2PM: “The Life of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and His Connection to Maui” presentation by Dr. Busaba Yip
– 430PM: Lei Ceremony honoring Dr. Sun Yat-Sen
– 5PM to 8PM:
(1) New this year! “Taste of China: Chinatown Treats,” Try authentic Chinese treats from the Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery & Bread House Bakery (both in Chinatown, Oahu) and while sipping on iced Jasmine tea from Lahaina’s own Wokahalic
(2) New this year! Keiki craft activity to make your own Chinese dragon
(3) New this year! Keiki print-making featuring Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s famous messages of universal love
– 5PM: “Finding my Chinese Roots,” presentation by Wo Hing Society member Bobby Santos
– 7PM: “History of Lahaina Town and Wo Hing Society,” presentation with Cultural Director Dr. Busaba Yip and Wo Hing Society Members Carolyn Kam and Bobby Santos

“Taste of China: Chinatown Treats” Menu:
Jasmine Tea, Sesame Candy (Walnut, Macadamia, and Peanut flavors), Almond Cookies, Rice Cakes, Rice Puffs, Mochi (Red bean and Coconut flavors), Pineapple Bun, Assortment of Cracked Seed

Do you want to make a difference?  
You can volunteer for the Chinese Heritage Festival November 9, 2018 to help with festival set-up and decorations, greeting attendees, keiki arts and crafts, and break-down of the event. Seeking volunteers for event set-up from 7 to 10 a.m., and for various roles between 5 and 9 p.m. Water, snacks, and t-shirt provided. Sign up HERE!

Hawaiian Music Series in September!

Welcome Mitch Kepa and Rock Hendricks Sept. 27th!

Lahaina Restoration Foundation is pleased to present Mitch Kepa and Rock Hendricks for this month’s “Hawaiian Music Series”, a free live performance on Thurs., Sept. 27, 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.

Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, Mitch Kepa was inspired to pursue a musical career by the late Gabby Pahinui, and he is driven by innovation and creativity.  Rock Hendricks is an award winning and renowned saxophonist who has performed and recorded with legendary performers like Michael Jackson, Bonnie Raitt and Sammy Hagar. As a resident of Hawaiʻi for the past 20 years, he has performed and recorded with a Na Hoku Hanohano award winning artists such as Cecilio and Kapono and The Brothers Cazimero.

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 or #HawaiianMusic.    

                                                                                                          

Celebrate Chinese Moon Festival on Sat., Sep 22!

Honor the traditions of China at the annual Chinese Moon Festival on Saturday, September 22nd at the Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front St, Lahaina. It’s a favorite past-time for family, friends and sweethearts to reunite under a full moon during the mid-autumn harvest.

Admission is FREE all week, starting on Monday, Sep. 17 through to Sep. 22nd. Visitors will enjoy a Chinese lantern display, Moon Festival special exhibit, and traditional Moon Goddess harvest display. ON SALE during the week are delicious moon cakes all the way from Hong Kong!

Saturday, September 22nd: Schedule of Activities
  • At 2PM and 7 PM: “Story of the Moon Festival” presented by Wo Hing Museum Cultural Director, Dr. Busaba Yip (moon cake and tea sampling included)
  • At 5 PM, 7 PM, and 8 PM: New this year! The Wo Hing Society presents a small, exclusive tour of the upstairs temple. This temple is used by the Society and not usually open to the public. All Temple Tours are now SOLD OUT.
  • From 5 to 9 PM:
    • Moon cakes and Chinese teas served in the tea garden, accompanied by Gu Zheng Harp Music
    • New this year! Fan-making for keiki, by Lahaina Arts Association
    • Chinese calligraphy and knot-tying
  • From 6 to 7 PM: New this year! Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan (crowd participation encouraged!) by Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy
  • Special! Crispy Gau Gee food demo and tasting, by Chef Bobby Santos

New this year! Fresh and locally-made Taiwanese-style moon cakes will be used for the festival offerings, presentations, and temple tour samplings. The tea garden will also feature an exquisite mountain oolong tea sourced specially from Li Shan (Pear Mountain) of central Taiwan — ALL generously donated by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu.

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

 

Enjoy Moon Festival and MAKE A DIFFERENCE! It takes an amazing team of volunteers to put on the Moon Festival every year! You can enjoy the fun of Moon Festival knowing you helped make the event a success. The festival needs greeters, surveyors, set-up team, break-down team, photographers, and more. Fill out an online volunteer form  or contact Joni with your interest at joni@lahainarestoration.org /808.661.3262.

Hawaiian Music Series Presents – Typical Hawaiians

Head to Lahaina on Thursday, August 30th for a FREE live performance by Typical Hawaiians from 6-7:30 pm at the Baldwin Home Museum. Staged on the front lawn of the Baldwin Home, on the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets, it’s the ideal spot to enjoy Hawaiian music on a warm, summer night.

Typical Hawaiians have been on the Hawai’i music scene since 1996.  Their debut album, “In a Positive Vibrations” won the Na Hoku Hanohano Award  for “Reggae Album of the Year” in 2000. Their musical roots are a blend of contemporary Hawaiian music and island reggae. Their success has taken them to locations around the globe, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Tahiti, Europe and US mainland.

Now in its 10th year, the Hawaiian Music Series is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development. Your attendance, appreciation, and donations at this event ensure Hawaiian culture and arts is shared and celebrated in Lahaina.

Limited seating is provided on the lawn; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome. For more information, call 808-661-3262 or contact us at info@lahainarestoration.org.

Follow the Hawaiian Music Series via social media at #HMS2018 #HawaiianMusic

Hawaiian Music Series Welcomes Kuaola July 26!

Lahaina Restoration Foundation is pleased to present Kuaola for this month’s “Hawaiian Music Series”, Thurs., July 26, 6–7:30 pm. Staged on the front lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum on the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets, it’s the ideal spot to enjoy Hawaiian music.

Similar to a verdant mountain where all thrives and grows, Kuaola, a trio of talented young men, are fast-becoming rising stars on the local music scene. Formed in 2016, Kuaola band members are: Kalani Librando-Souza, ukulele player and falsetto vocalist from Kahului, who graduated from King Kekaulike High School in 2013 and the UH Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music in 2015; Nalu Robinson, bass player from Wailuku who graduated from Baldwin high school in 2014, and Shem (Kema) Kahawaii, slack key guitarist, from Kula who graduated from King Kekaulike High School in 2015.

Kuaola performs regularly at Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului and occasionally at the Grand Wailea Hotel and Travaasa Hāna Maui Hotel, entertains at community festivals under the Banyan Tree in Lahaina and in Hāna, as well as performing at various fundraisers, functions, parties and weddings etc. The trio has opened concerts/shows for Weldon Kekauoha, George Kahumoku, Raiatea Helm, Ikaika Blackburn, Sistah Robi Kahakalau, Jon Cruz and Ekolu.

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

You can find Kuaola on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. To book Kuaola trio for your entertainment needs, email : kuaolamusic@gmail.com

FREE EVENT: History Theatre on July 20th!

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

ACT NOW and reserve a FREE SEAT to the first-ever History Theatre on Maui! History is brought to life with exciting and engaging actors portraying Hawaii historic figures of the 19th century. Learn about Hawaii’s past through the lens of paleontologist Annie Alexander, Lahainaluna scholar Samuel Kamakau, and Lahainaluna teacher Rev. William Richards.

Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Baldwin Home Museum
Corner of Front and Dickenson Streets, Lahaina
FREE ADMISSION BY ADVANCE RESERVATION ONLY
Gates open at 6 p.m., performance starts at 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments provided

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

If you would like to be added to the wait list, contact joni@lahainarestoration.org

Hawaiian Music Series Welcomes Kaleo Phillips

Maui’s own Kaleo Phillips joins us for this month’s “Hawaiian Music Series”, Thurs., June 28, 6–7:30 pm. Perfectly staged on the front lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum on the corner of Dickenson and Front Streets, this is the ideal spot to enjoy Hawaiian music.

Born and raised in Lahaina, Maui, Jason Kaleonalani Phillips, affectionately known as Kaleo, has been a figure in the Maui music scene for over 30 years. Coming from a musical family background, Kaleo has been blessed to flourish in music playing professionally with a variety of Hawaiian music artists and touring with bands across the globe. In 2004, Kaleo, along with Josh Kahula and Pi‘ilani Arias, formed the trio Pono and released a debut album, Home of Mine, which was received with rave reviews.

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

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