Special Exhibits

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 2018 year will include:

Ola Pono:

Evolution of Health Care on Maui (April – July)

  1. Traditional Hawaiian health care practices.
  2. Historical Perspective: Exploring the health and well-being practices during the time of the Wailuku Female Seminary (1837-1849) and the coming of the missionaries to Maui.
  3. Mauiʻs health care systems into contemporary Maui. Collaborative efforts with Hui No Ke Ola Pono of Wailuku, Maui and Papa Ola Lōkahi.  


Mōaukala O Ka `Oihana Mokulele ma Maui:

 Aviation History of Maui (August – December)

  1. History and evolution of Maui’s airports.
  2. How Maui’s airports shaped our islands tourist industry.
  3. The Role WWII played on the development of Maui’s airports.