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Expert to Share History of Matson Line

April 19, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Author Duncan O'Brien, a leading authority on the history of the Matson Line passenger ship era in Hawai'i, will present "Boat Days" on Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m., at the Story of Hawai'i Museum located in the Ma'alaea Shops.

The public is invited at attend and admission is free.

O'Brien has a lifelong connection with the "white ships" starting when his parents met aboard the SS Monterey in 1962. He sailed aboard the ships several times as a young boy from California to Hawai'i and his mother's native Australia. His family's collection of photos, movies and memorabilia from those trips inspired him to research and write "The White Ships," a coffee-table history of the ships that carried thousands of passengers across the Pacific in the "Grand Manner of Matson" from 1927 to 1978. The book won a Ka Palapala Po'okela award in 2009.

The Story of Hawai'i Museum is a unique exhibit that tells the tale of the Islands presented through maps, charts, rare prints, documents, antiques and artifacts. The display is set up in chronological order from Polynesian migrations to the 21st century.

The Story of Hawai'i Museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free; donations are accepted; hourly guided tours are $5 per person.

For more information, contact Bryant Neal at (808) 283-3576 or visit



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