About Us

Our Mission

The Maui Historical Society shall collect, preserve, study, interpret, and, share the history and heritage of Maui. As caretakers of the land, artifacts, photographs, and, documents entrusted to our care. It is our responsibility to ensure that the cultural roots and history that define our community will continue to be here for future generations.

History

Beginning in 1951, the Maui Women's Club initiated efforts to establish Maui's first historical organization. What later became the Maui Historical Society started as a standing committee of the Maui Women's Club. Mrs. Thelma B. Watson was the Chairman of the History Department until October 1956 when Mrs. Savage took over. Founded in 1919 the Maui Women's Club voted to disband in January of 1998 and held their final meeting in March of 1999.

The Maui Historical Society was founded on November 23, 1951 and Chartered on May 1, 1956. Our primary objectives were simple; collect, study, preserve, and to instill a sense of interest in Maui’s History, and folklore. Our mission today has changed very little since then.

The Maui Historical Society searched for several years for a place, in which to establish a base of operations. The Maui County Free Library, what is now the Wailuku Library, became a frequent meeting spot until the site of the “Old Wailuku Seminary” became available for lease. The Maui Historical Society opened Hale Hōʻikeʻike on July 6, 1957 on the 120th anniversary of the opening of the former seminary.

The Maui Historical Society leased Hale Hōʻikeʻike from C. Brewer in May of 1957 for $1.00 a year until 1991 when Wailuku Argribusiness sold the property to Masaru “Pundy” Yokouchi. In 1992 Mr. Yokouchi gifted Hale Hōʻikeʻike and 0.7 acres on which the museum sits to the Maui Historical Society.

Our Founders included:

Offices

Mrs. Roy Savage, President
Mr. David Kahanamoku, Vice President
Miss Ahia Davidson, Secretary
Mr. James Y. Ohta, Treasurer
Mr. David Kailiponi, Auditor 

 

Trustees

Dr. K.C. Leebrick
Mr. J. Pia Cockett
Mr. George R. Carter
Mr. Fred Ward (Rep. the H.V.B.)
Mr. W. Frank Cockett
Mrs. Irvine Richards

The Maui Historical Society’s accomplishments since the date of our charter include:

  • Maui Historical Society Funds and assists in efforts to restore Halekii Heiau, Lahaina Prison, and other archaeological sites throughout Maui.
  • Maui Historical Society assists in the formation of Baldwin House Museum.
  • Maui Historical Society assists in preliminary plans for a new Sugar Museum in Puunene.
  • Maui Historical Society Funds Efforts by Lahaina Restoration to purchase the Carthaginian.
  • In 1961 The Maui Historical Society Plans and participates in the opening of Haleakala National Park.
  • On May 11, 1959 the President of the Maui Historical Society, Beatrice N. Savage is appointed to the Commission on Historic Places.
  • July 7 1970 the county council adopts res. 260 in which MHS is recognized for our work in rediscovering the Dark-Rumpled Petrel, a specie previously thought to be extinct.
  • August 10, 1972 the county council adopts res. 141 in which MHS names the new county building Kalana Oʻ Maui. Two other alternates were provided by MHS.
  • May 24 1976 the council adopts res. 76-60 in which the County finance committee awards MHS $100,000.00 for the purposes of historical preservation of historical structures.

About Us

We operate an Archival Resource Center, which preserves and makes available for research the following:

  • A 2,000 piece artifact collection
  • An Archives including maps, manuscripts, genealogies, biographies, and the documents of various organizations and businesses
  • A Research Library
  • A Photo Collection of over 8,00 historic photographs
  • Chas Fisher Memorial Gardens which feature native Hawaiian plants that were important in Hawaiian culture, as well as non-native plants typical of the missionary era
  • A Museum Shop of outstanding quality, selling Hawaii-made crafts and books

We work for the preservation and promotion of Maui's History by performing the following tasks:

  • Collecting materials and information related to the history of Maui
  • Conducting school tours and teacher programs
  • Conducting classes, lectures and other public programs to promote an appreciation of Maui’s history and culture
  • Sharing its collection through special exhibits at the museum and other public places
  • Publishing a biannual newsletter, which promotes the Society’s mission, events, Maui’s history and the Bailey House Museum collection.
Our Staff
Naomi "Sissy" Lake-Farm, Executive Director

Naomi “Sissy” Lake-Farm is the daughter of Barbara and John Keola Lake.  Although born and raised on O`ahu, her family roots trace back to the museum grounds through ke ali`i Kahekili.  She is the granddaughter of Kealoha and John M. Lake and the niece of Maiki Aiu Lake, her first kumu hula, and Kahauanu Lake of the Kahauanu Lake Trio.  Hula has allowed her to travel the world and together with her brother, fellow Kumu Hula Kapono`ai Molitau, they continue their traditions through their hālau, Nā Hanona Kūlike `O Pi`ilani.  She and her husband, Kyle Ēlama Farm, have educated their three children through the Hawaiian language immersion schools, where they continue to be avid and enthusiastic supporters.

Viola Yee, Administrative Assistant

Viola Yee is a graduate of Florida International University majoring in International Relations.  She and her husband moved to Maui from Marco Island, Florida in 2012 and she enjoys learning about Maui’s history.

Marianne Klaus, Archivist

Marianne Klaus moved to Maui in 2012 from Chicago, where she worked as an object conservator at the Field Museum.  She also creates beautiful and unique pottery, which she sells through the Hale Hōʻikeʻike Museum Store as well as Hui No`eau and Etsy.

Kiele Tabbal, Operations Assistant

Kiele Tabbal is a graduate of Maui High School and has well over 10 years of experience in the Restaurant and Retail Management Industry. Kiele was brought up, in part by his Grandfather "Rudy" Tabbal (retired Irrigation Supervisor for Pioneer Mill) and his wife "Bernie" Tabbal who inspired a strong sense of civic duty and love of Maui's rich history. Kiele is a member of the Maui Portuguese Cultural Club and a former member of the Wailuku Junior Tennis Club.

Our Board of Trustees
Hokuao Pellegrino President
Caleb Rowe, Past President

Caleb Rowe is an attorney for the Department of Corporation Counsel, County of Maui.  He grew up in `Īao Valley and fondly remembers visiting the Bailey House throughout his childhood.  When he isn't working or dedicating his time to the Bailey House, Caleb is a coach, volunteer, advocate and family member with Special Olympics Maui and has been involved in several political campaigns.  A 2001 graduate of Baldwin High School, Caleb is proud to be on the Maui Historical Society Board of Directors.

Ezra Erb Vice President

Ezra Erb moved to Maui in 2010, but his former career as an archaeologist took him to many parts of the U.S. mainland, Europe, Israel, and Turkey.  His education includes undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Nursing, as well as master’s degrees from Stanford University and the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).  Ezra serves as the administrator of the Aloha Surgical Center in Kahului, when he isn’t hiking or paddling with Hawaiian Canoe Club.

Bryce Thayer, Treasurer
Bryan Esmerelda, Secretary

Bryan Keli‘i Esmeralda is a land use planner with Munekiyo Hiraga in Wailuku. Bryan has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Minors in Hawaiian Studies and History from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree with a specialization in Environmental Planning from Eastern Washington University. Bryan enjoys learning about the history and all things Hawai‘i, and is excited about his ability to help perpetuate Hawai‘i’s history and culture through his work at Hale Hō‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House. Aside from being on the Board of Directors for the Maui Historical Society/Hale Hō‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House, Bryan is a member of the County of Maui’s Real Property Assessment Board of Review. When not at work or volunteering, Bryan enjoys spending his time hiking, dancing hula for Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua, and spending time with his partner Kamaka, family, friends, and dog - Murray.

Scott Fisher, PHD

Scott Fisher grew up in Kula, and at age 17 enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Scott attended Colorado State University. His graduate work includes an M.A. in peace studies with a concentration in native Hawaiian strategies of peacemaking and reconciliation. His Ph.D. explored the dynamics of post-conflict recovery in a civil war on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, with a particular emphasis on how communities make wise decisions about conflicts over natural resources. Since 2003 Scott has worked for the Maui Coastal Land Trust, first as a project manager at the land trust's 277-acre Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge. As of January, 2011 he has been the Director of Conservation for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. Since 2005 Scott has served on the Maui/Lana'i Island Burial Council and more recently as a board member of the Hawai'i Wetlands Joint Venture, Public Access Trails Hawai'i and the Friends of Midway Atoll.

Robert "Bunky" Gannon

Robert “Bunky” Gannon is a docent at both the A & B Sugar Museum and the Bailey House Museum.  He has been married to Virginia “Aunty Ginger” Vockrodt for 41 years and they have four children and thirteen grandchildren.  Born on Maui, he attended Paia School, Kaunoa School, and Baldwin High School and went on to run Maui Disposal for 20 years and was once the Chairman of the Maui Chamber of Commerce.

Alfred Hinano Kaumeheiwa

Alfred Hinano Kaumeheiwa is retired from the State of Hawaii, Department of Education.  Born and raised on Maui, he graduated from San Jose State University and then served in the United States Army.  He is a volunteer with the Maui Interscholastic League, Native Hawaiian Educators Association Maui, the Maui `Ukulele Guild and the `Ukulele Guild of Hawaʻii.

John A. Hau`oli Tomoso

John A. Hau`oli Tomoso, MSW, ACSW, LSW is the Executive Director of Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. with 37 years of practice in public and private social work.  He is a member of the Hawaii Public Health Association, Hawaii Public Health Institute, March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter Maui Branch Committee, and the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce and he is now a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii.  He has two children and three grandchildren and has been married to his wife, Susan D. Tomoso, for 38 years.

Edwina Wilson-Snyder

Edwina Wilson-Snyder is a retired administrator for the State of Hawaii, Department of Education and a Bailey descendant.  She is a graduate of St. Anthony School and Whittier College.  She participates in numerous County and State Task Force Advisory Councils, non-profit agencies, unions, political parties and County commissions.  She and her husband travel the world and explore the hidden treasures of Maui through Kaunoa Senior Center while enjoying special time with their grandchildren.

Jaime Laniakea Clark

Jamie Laniakea Clark who was born and raised in Kailua, Oahu and now residing on Maui, has over 34 years’ experience in residential and commercial interior design. A graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art, with a degree in Commercial and Residential Interior Design, she has lived and worked as a designer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Santa Barbara, California, New York, New York, Honolulu, and Maui.

Jordan Hart
Tanya Lee-Greig

Tanya L. Lee-Greig, M.A., has over thirteen years of experience in Hawaiian archaeology and four years in North American (Plains and Rocky Mountain) archaeology. Her expertise is in cultural resource management, cultural impact assessments, marine remains analysis, historic and pre-contact artifact analysis.  In addition to her broad range of scholarly disciplines, she has extensive technical knowledge.  She oversees the production of all GPS/GIS work and electronic graphics and is herself a GPS/GIS specialist and CAD technician. Ms. Lee-Greig traces her family lineage to Honua‘ula and Lahaina.

Carmen Hulu Lindsey

Carmen Kahulumealani Lindsey was born and reared in the ranch country of Waimea on the island of Hawaii where for many years her ancestors roamed the pastures of Waimea as cowboys for the famed Parker Ranch. Her musical talents were discovered when at an early age she sang in the chapel of the Waimea LDS Church. 

Upon graduation she started working for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands before moving to Governor John A. Burns' office in the State Capitol assisting the Governor's Press Secretary. She danced hula at night and worked during the day. After eight years in the Governor's Office, she moved to Maui with her second husband and became an integral part of Maui's entertainment scene. Be day, she was the Administrator of Maui County's Land Use and Codes Division responsible for issuing and enforcing all permits related to land development, including subdivision approvals. Before and after her service with Maui County, she served as the Properties Manager for Maui Land and Pineapple Company.

Forty years ago, she pursued a real estate license and has her own realty firm, Linsey Realty. She is still performing in our resort hotels and own Kahului Productions, an entertainment company. On January 17 2012, Hulu was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie and sworn in as the Maui trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. "I am honored by the Governor's appointment and am working tirelessly to serve our Native Hawaiian beneficiaries." In November 2012, she was elected to her seat by the people of Hawaii.