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- Went on a whale watching cruise - the highlight of our trip. The ship and crew were great. A bit expensive, but worth it.Written 19 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Small but worth the stop. Information was nicely presented. It is a walk through at your own pace, took us about 60 minutes to complete. Gives a good history of sugar production on the island and a day in the life of a plantation worker.
Outside are displays of various machinery used in the industry.
were nicelyWritten 11 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This museum is small (a former home), but is jam packed with historical artifacts of Maui's past. Hopefully a docent is there to assist with providing additional background. Paul was our host, and shared a lot about the history of Maui. There was a fascinating room dedicated to clothing fashion and influence through the ages, and it's well worth reading the placards on the wall, for the occasional snarky jab at the portrayals and stereotyping through Hollywood movies and influence. You really get a sense of the melting pot that is Hawaii's past as a trading hub of the pacific!
Paul's experience as a sailor on a round the world trip on a replica Hawaiian double-hulled catamaran, helped to liven up the information about the model there.
He was also very informative on other attractions to see in the area, and I imagine many of the docents are similarly knowledgeable, as they are passionate volunteers here. He recommended the Haleaka crater and the Iao valley state park (seen in exquisite paintings on the walls!)
There are examples of snail collections - a past owners' expertise in tree snails (including published, authoritative books), and the missionary service performed. There was an emphasis on education by past owners, and their dedication to lifting the essential skills of a soon-to-be "invaded" people by fast-changing cultural and political influences.
It's a wonderful museum for learning about the cultural background of the Maui island!
Utilize the amazing docents!Written 18 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- In one of the charming, small houses along main street you will find information about the history of Makawao. Done with a lot of love and care, obviously. It's so worth it to stop by!Written 30 March 2019
- Amazing informative place to learn and spend time with the family. I fell in love with the bean bag chairs and had a great time.Written 17 September 2022
- Learn about early printing by chiefs and missionaries - Hawaii has such great history - there is something to learn from the early sttlersWritten 2 September 2016
- Sugar was King in Maui until the prices dropped and foreign competition caused the Islanders to shut down the plantations, especially on the dry side of the Island. This small exhibit is a tribute to those long gone times.Written 29 February 2020
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