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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.