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Get your hands on history and learn how to save heirloom treasures

By Staff | Jul 30, 2015

LAHAINA – Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s director of museums will present a free, hands-on artifact cleaning workshop on Friday, July 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the West Maui Senior Center at 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina.

Members of the public who are 55 years and better can help preserve a part of Lahaina’s past for future generations. Attendees will learn how to properly clean and store various treasures and artifacts like heirloom dolls, Hawaiian quilts, antique books and more using gentle, noninvasive cleaning methods. Questions about how to save your own heirlooms are welcome. To register for the workshop, call the West Maui Senior Center at 270-4310.

In related news, Lahaina Restoration Foundation now offers guided tours of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front streets.

Friendly docents share the stories of Lahaina’s 180-year-old missionary home daily on the hour and half-hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. These tours are 30 minutes in length. Walk-in registration is welcome any day at the museum. Purchase a Passport to the Past for $10 and get admission to three Maui museums, or buy a single ticket at $7 for adults or $5 for kama’aina, military and seniors (ticket includes admission to the Wo Hing Museum). Children 12 years and under go free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Hale Pa’i, Lahaina’s Print Museum, is now open to the public by appointment only. The museum/archive center is located on the campus of Lahainaluna High School, 980 Lahainaluna Road. Lahaina Restoration Foundation encourages researchers, writers, students and teachers to take advantage of this historical research center. Groups are welcome to tour the museum. To access Hale Pa’i, advance notice of at least 48 hours is required.

For more information or reservations, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262, e-mail info@lahainarestoration.org or see LahainaRestoration.org/historic-sites.