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Former Pioneer Mill manager hopes to see old friends

By Staff | Jun 17, 2010


LAHAINA — John “Jack” Siemer, manager of Pioneer Mill during the 1960s and early ’70s, will visit Lahaina on Friday, June 25, to present an original Okuda painting to the Plantation Museum on the theater level of The Wharf Cinema Center.

Okuda painted the image in 1969 on an easel set up in the Mala Wharf area. It is a view of Pioneer Mill with cane fields surrounding it and the green West Maui Mountains in the background.

A reception will be held at the museum from 5 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

Siemer is presenting the painting to the museum in memory of his wife, Betty, who recently passed away. Betty was active in the Lahaina community and was a longtime volunteer with Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

The painting, commissioned by Siemer during his tenure at Pioneer Mill, is one of his favorite remembrances from his days in Lahaina.

Siemer would especially like to invite old friends and workers from Pioneer Mill to the reception at the Plantation Museum at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 25.

For information, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262.