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Maui Historical Society Releases History Book

"Water of Kama - The Story of the Bailey House Site"


(WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii) May 21, 2003 ...  The Maui Historical Society's newly published book "Water of Kama – The Story of the Bailey House Site" is now available for sale at $8.95 in the Bailey House Museum Gift Shop.  Proceeds from book sales benefit Maui Historical Society.

The Maui Historical Society published the 44-page historical book with a $5,000 grant from the Office of Economic Development and in cooperation with Maui Printing Company.  "This new booklet makes the history of Bailey House and the land around it available for the first time," said Roslyn Lightfoot, executive director of The Maui Historical Society, the organization that operates the Bailey House Museum. 

"The whole scope of Wailuku’s history seems to be less well known than it should be. This booklet of information gives the reader a resource of historical information regarding the Iao Valley/Wailuku area from the settlement of the islands to the present, including insight into the chiefs that ruled Maui prior to Kamehameha."

Edward Bailey, a native of Holden, Massachusetts operated a Christian missionary and boarding school for girls from 1837 to 1849 on the site at the mouth of Iao Valley in Old Wailuku Town.  His activities from building Maui’s roads and designing the charming Ka`ahumanu Church to erecting a sugar mill on his property and painting delightful and accurate Maui landscapes are significant stories of development in our Maui history.

"Through the release of the book, we also hope to generate more awareness of The Maui Historical Society's Bailey House Museum and its care for the artifacts and archives entrusted to the society," said Lightfoot.  "This is an important resource for Maui’s people."

Through its Bailey House Museum, artifact and archival collection, historic site preservation/educational programs, Maui Historical Society has played a vital role in preserving Maui's unique history and heritage for the enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Maui Historical Society was established in 1951 and is itself a significant community resource, and its library and archives have provided the basis for many written history publications.

Maui Historical Society trustee and volunteer Linda McCullough Decker authored "Water of Kama" with an importance in telling the story of Maui's historic site.  "The past is a lively force for those who live or visit here, influencing how we see each other, what we fear and what we admire," said Decker.

Located at 2375-A Main Street, Wailuku, Maui, Hawai'i, the Museum and Museum Gift Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information call (808) 244-3326 or visit www.mauimuseum.org


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