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LAND­MARKS around and down Front Street. Points of in­ter­est in­clude: WO HING MU­SEUM, LA­HAINA JODO MISSION BUD­DHIST TEM­PLE and THE BALD­WIN HOME, the for­mer res­i­dence of Protes­tant mis­sion­ar­ies, circa 1830s. Relive the whal­ing, mis­sion­ary and plantation days of 1800s Hawai‘i. If you pre­fer to take the tour with an in­for­ma­tive guide, visit the LA­HAINA VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER, lo­cated in the OLD LA­HAINA COURT­HOUSE. Visit LA­HAINA RESTORA­TION FOUN­DA­TION’S web­site to learn more: la­hainarestora­tion.org/ la­haina-his­toric-trail. Crav­ing more au­then­tic Hawai­ian his­tory? Visit the KA‘ANA­PALI BEACH HO­TEL, which has gained wide­spread recog­ni­tion for its ef­forts to in­fuse HAWAI­IAN TRA­DI­TIONS into its guest ex­pe­ri­ence. Most of the ho­tel’s ex­ec­u­tives were born and raised in Hawai‘i; in fact, 50 per­cent of them are NA­TIVE HAWAI­IANS, and a staff of CUL­TURAL AD­VI­SORS con­ducts daily HAWAI­IAN-FO­CUSED AC­TIV­I­TIES. You also will find Hawai­ian singers and at hula nightly per­for­mances. Ser­vice is de­liv­ered un­der the Hawai­ian prin­ci­ple of (hospi­tal­ity), ho‘okipa shar­ing the warmth of the is­land spirit. A stay at the Ka‘ana­pali Beach Ho­tel is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence, one that of­fers a glimpse of the “true Hawai‘i.” To learn more about “HAWAI‘I’S MOST HAWAI­IAN HO­TEL,” log on to kbh­maui.com.

58. VISIT A BEAU­TI­FUL COUN­TRY GALLERY

One of Maui’s OLD­EST PLANTATION ES­TATES also houses an el­e­gant art hub. HUI NO‘EAU VIS­UAL ARTS CEN­TER of­fers a lovely ex­hibit gallery and ad­ja­cent stu­dios de­voted to pho­tog­ra­phy, ce­ram­ics, print, wood­work­ing and jew­elry. The cen­ter, lo­cated a mile be­low Makawao, was founded in 1934 by ETHEL BALD­WIN, wife of Harry Bald­win, A PI­O­NEER IN MAUI’S PINEAPPLE IN­DUS­TRY. EX­HIBITS are open to the pub­lic for FREE, and fo­cus on con­tem­po­rary, tra­di­tional, lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional art forms. Works by lo­cal artists are sold in the cen­ter’s GIFT SHOP. The mu­seum also hosts a one-hour WALK­ING TOUR (for a nom­i­nal fee) of the es­tate’s BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DENS, which in­clude more than 70 spec­i­mens of plants and trees. For more info, log on to huinoeau.com.

59. AB­SORB THE SPIRIT OF HULA

In its au­then­tic form, HULA is the most pow­er­ful ex­pres­sion of in­dige­nous Hawai­ian cul­ture that ex­ists. The CHANTS and

MU­SIC ac­com­pa­ny­ing hula are, in essence, ORAL HIS­TORY OF HAWAI‘I’S NA­TIVE PEO­PLE, passed down from one (hula kumu hula teacher) to an­other. King David Kalakaua, who came to the throne in 1874, is cred­ited with re­viv­ing hula af­ter it had been de­clared il­le­gal at the in­sis­tence of Christian mis­sion­ar­ies. Em­body­ing hula’s sig­nif­i­cance in Hawai­ian cul­ture, MERRIE MONARCH FES­TI­VAL, named for King Kalakaua, was es­tab­lished on Hawai‘i Is­land in 1963 as an an­nual show­case for both (tra­di­tional) and kahiko (con­tem­po­rary) hula. ‘auana On Maui, FREE HULA SHOWS can be seen at var­i­ous La­haina lo­ca­tions. Check with the KA‘ANA­PALI BEACH HO­TEL, LA­HAINA CAN­NERY MALL, THE OUT­LETS OF MAUI, WHALERS VIL­LAGE and nat­u­rally, your concierge, for more in­for­ma­tion.

60. HANG IN AN OFFISLAND CUL­TURE CLUB

Get in on the story of Lana‘i and its peo­ple at LANA‘I CUL­TURE AND HER­ITAGE CEN­TER (808-5657177). As a non-profit char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion “hon­or­ing the past, en­rich­ing the fu­ture,” the cen­ter col­lects and dis­plays AR­TI­FACTS from the var­i­ous eras of the Pineapple Is­land’s sto­ried his­tory. This in­cludes items found dur­ing ar­chae­o­log­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, dis­cov­ered by work­ers in the fields or do­nated by fam­i­lies. The mission of the cen­ter is to “in­spire peo­ple to be in­formed, thought­ful and AC­TIVE STE­WARDS of Lana‘i’s her­itage.” Visit lanaichc.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

King David Kalakaua, who came to the throne in 1874, is cred­ited with re­viv­ing af­ter it had been hula de­clared il­le­gal at the in­sis­tence of Christian mis­sion­ar­ies.

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