Hale Hō'ik'ike at the Bailey House is the home of the Maui Historical Society, whose mission is "to collect, preserve, study, interpret, and share history and heritage of Maui." Since 1951, the Maui Historical Society has been a community repository for Hawaiian, missionary and plantation era artifacts, documents, photographs. A significant portion of our collection is housed in our archives, and is not easily assessable for public view. With the launch of our "E Pulama Mau Ia Maui" Exhibit Series, Maui Historical Society hopes to change this and share these rare cultural and historical treasures with the Maui community and visitors alike.
The series will consist of two special exhibits and associated events per year. The Maui Historical Society will design, build and curate these special exhibits using items from our archives, some of which have never been on display before, to showcase throughout our Exhibit Hall. These special exhibits will be coupled with various community events, lectures, and workshops that showcase the themes promoted by the series. The role of the Wailuku District will be a focal point within each theme and its relationship to the greater Maui Community.
Maui Historical Society is reaching out to community partners that may include organizations, businesses and individuals on Maui for support and potential collaboration. The themes that have been selected for the 2019 year will include:
Nā Aloha ʻĀina (January 18- May 31)Featuring paintings from Guillem Molinas "Avi" Bort who continues to entice viewers with his elegantly detailed portraits of famous Aliʻi as well as other iconic cultural leaders who inspired him with their preservation of the Hawaiian Culture.
Nā Akua Ākea Project (July 20- December 31)Haumāna of the Ulana ʻIe cohort will be showcasing their Kiʻi Akua Hulu Manu that theyʻve been weaving through the Spring. Their time, diligence, and hard work poured into every weave and intricate pattern will be displayed within their work. THe cohort may also be showcasing their early projects which include hīnaʻi ʻoʻopu and ʻōpae (traps) and open eye baskets.