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Help fix up town during Malama Lahaina

By Staff | Nov 5, 2009

Ready! Set! Scrub! Clifford and Junior Corniel get to work at Lahaina Bath Day 2008.

LAHAINA — The second annual Malama Lahaina kicks off this week and continues through November with the theme of “Fix Up, Clean Up, Educate and Celebrate!”

The event is coordinated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation with support from the county Office of Economic Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Additional assistance has been provided by Princess Cruises and Bank of Hawaii.

“Lahaina is one of the most significant areas in Hawaii,” explained Theo Morrison, executive director of Lahaina Restoration Foundation (LRF).

“We will be celebrating that significance with a wide variety of projects to clean up and improve the town, learn about our history and culture, and celebrate at the annual holiday lighting of the Banyan Tree. We urge everyone to join in!”

Actors in period costumes will make history come alive during candlelit tours of the Baldwin Home Museum every Friday in November from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $6 per couple or $4 per adult; kids 12 and under are free. The Baldwin Home Museum is located on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets in Lahaina with convenient parking in the rear. Fees from the parking lot help maintain Lahaina’s historic sites year-round.

Another new addition to the Friday evening candlelit tours will be coconut weaving demonstrations. Will Biga will demonstrate his weaving skills with hats, baskets, bowls and an assortment of other objects. All items will be for sale. The demonstration will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday on the front lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum.

The Wo Hing Museum at 858 Front St. will feature special programs on two Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 6,   Busaba Yip Douglas will demonstrate calligraphy and provide paper and ink for those who wish to try it themselves. Chinese knotting will be taught by Brenda Wong on Friday, Nov. 20.  Wong will provide excellent hands-on instruction, and all materials to make the Chinese knots will be provided at no cost. Admission to the Wo Hing Museum, the only Chinese museum in the State of Hawaii, is $2 per person; children 12 and under are free.

Free educational sessions, specifically targeted to merchants, concierge employees and others in the visitor industry, will also be held. A powerpoint presentation and “arm chair tour” of Lahaina’s historic sites will be shown at the Pioneer Inn on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 9 a.m. Complimentary pastries and coffee will be served. Enjoy a free slice of Hula Pie at Kimo’s while learning about the benefits and responsibilities of doing business in the Lahaina Historic Districts from Erin Wade, small town planner with the County of Maui, on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m.

Bank of Hawaii will present a session on “Avoiding Internal Fraud” with Curtis Tom upstairs at Longhi’s on Wednesday. Nov. 18, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. with free coffee and pastries.

“History in Your Front Yard,” a guided walking tour of Lahaina’s historic sites, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Refreshments will be served at one of the historic sites on the tour.

All educational presentations are free, and preference will be given to people working in Lahaina or in the visitor industry. Attendance is limited; reservations can be made by calling 661-3262.  

Cleanup and fix-up projects will be ongoing throughout the month with graffiti and sticker removal, cleaning of historic plaques, reconditioning of the oak barrel trash cans and other projects. Community groups or individuals wanting to volunteer should call LRF Program Director ShaRon Fredy at 661-3262.

The big splash will be “Bath Day” on Friday, Nov. 20, when the whole town will hit the sidewalks to scrub down the town in anticipation of the holiday season. From 7 to 9 a.m., sidewalks will be scrubbed with hoses, brushes and power washers. Everyone is invited to join the early morning fun.

In preparation for the holidays, LahainaTown Action Committee will be installing wreaths on the lamp posts and stringing thousands of colored lights on the Banyan Tree. The official tree lighting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

For a full schedule of Malama Lahaina events during the month of November, visit www.lahainarestoration.org, e-mail info@lahainarestoration.org or call 661-3262.