Maui's newest attraction, the Story of Hawai'i Museum, Gift Shop & Gallery located in the Ma'alaea Shops, held its grand opening celebration on Friday, Aug. 17, featuring live music, entertaining presentations and refreshments.
The Story of Hawaii 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 guests can follow the history of Hawai'i simply by taking a stroll around the exhibit. It includes rare prints, maps, and authentic antique pieces--some, hundreds of years old.
As part of the celebration, the museum launched a regular series, "Hawaiian History Evenings" with Mele Fong.
Fong, historian for the Ahahui Ka'ahumanu Chapter IV Wailuku, Maui, is a member of the royal society of Native Hawaiian women that honors Queen Ka'ahumanu, favorite wife of King Kamehameha the Great. She is a mentor at the Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawai'i Maui College and teaches private 'ukulele lessons. Fong and her husband, Richard Tom, perform music professionally as the "The Hawaiian Serenaders."
"We are pleased to establish our presence as a community resource by instituting 'Hawaiian History Evenings,' a monthly series of entertaining and informational presentations by Mele Fong about some of Hawai'i's fascinating stories," said Bryant Neal, proprietor and co-curator of the museum. "Topics are based on significant historical events that occurred in the month--for example, in August, the birth of the Hawaiian Kingdom and Hawai'i Statehood."
Beginning in September, "Hawaiian History Evenings" with Mele Fong will be held at the museum on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m.
Located in the Ma'alaea Shops near the Maui Ocean Center, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years old, and includes a DVD about the mapping of Hawai'i.
Docent-led tours are $10 per person.
For more information, contact Neal at 283-3576 or visit www.storyofhawaiimuseum.com.