Maui's newest attraction, the Story of Hawai'i Museum, Gift Shop & Gallery, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ma'alaea Shops near the Maui Ocean Center.
The museum is a unique exhibit that tells the tale of the islands presented in a new way--through historic maps, charts, documents and artifacts. The display is set up in chronological order so that you can follow the history of Hawai'i just by taking a stroll around the exhibit. It includes rare prints, maps and authentic antique pieces--some hundreds of years old.
The display begins with the Polynesian migrations of prehistory and continues with Kingdom of Hawai'i, and maps made during missionary and plantation days. It also includes examples of Hawai'i maps from the territorial period through World War II and statehood to the present.
This Italian map of Hawai‘i uses the phonetic spelling of Hawaiian Island names and includes an illustration of the death of Captain Cook in the lower left-hand corner. This is just one of the many fascinating maps on exhibit at the Story of Hawai‘i Museum in Ma‘alaea.
The Story of Hawai'i Museum is the culmination of 20 years' experience selling maps at Lahaina Printsellers by co-curators Bryant Neal and Richard Mickelsen. Together, these partners operate Tradewinds Production Group, the production arm of the museum that includes researching and creating interpretive and other materials for the display.
"Each map has a story to tell," said Neal. "This collection includes some of the most important maps in the history of Hawai'i. The exhibit explains and describes Hawai'i's role in the Pacific in terms that residents and visitors of all ages can understand and enjoy. From school kids on up, people will get an overview--the big picture of Hawaiian history. We hope that will spark their own intellectual pursuit."
Guided tours are offered hourly. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and includes a DVD about the mapping of Hawai'i.
For more information, contact Neal at (808) 283-3576 or visit www.storyofhawaiimuseum.com.