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Story of Hawaii Museum opens WWII exhibit, ‘The Road to Pearl Harbor,’ in Lahaina

By Staff | Nov 8, 2018

The Road to Pearl Harbor Poster includes maps that helped shape the war.

LAHAINA – Historian and event curator of Story of Maui Museum, Bryant Neal, announced that a new WWII exhibit marking the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into the war is on display in unit F-2 at the Outlets of Maui in Lahaina.

The free, public exhibit runs through Dec. 10 from noon until 6 p.m. daily.

Dec. 7 marked the beginning of battles in the Pacific Theater of WWII – Tarawa, Bataan, Peleliu, Iwo Jima. They were some of the most costly, hard fought and destructive military engagements of the 20th century.

This exhibit of vintage maps, prints and military documents shows events leading to the war, battle strategies and outcomes that shaped history.

The exhibit also tells the story of the 18,000-member 4th Marine Division, which trained and recuperated on Maui between combat deployments to the Central Pacific.

Visitors will see photos of jungle training in Haiku, amphibious assault training at Makena and Maalaea, military airfields at Puunene, and famous “Giggle Hill,” where young Marines courted Maui girls.

The exhibit also includes photos of the holdings at The Camp Maui Museum, located on the actual site of Camp Maui in Haiku, where the Hoyte family has assembled a display of WWII transport trucks, jeeps and a working P51 Mustang replica aircraft.

Camp Maui Museum also has a collection of WWII U.S. Marine Corps equipment, uniforms and memorabilia.

Original maps and artifacts on display at the Story of Maui Museum Exhibit are from the private collection of Neal, whose research of Japanese war records has resulted in a powerful display of maps, photos, artifacts and other materials about Pearl Harbor and WWII from the Japanese Imperial Army’s perspective.

Select originals and reproduction maps will be available for purchase.

This self-guided exhibit at the Outlets of Maui is curated by the Story of Hawaii Museum with support from the Navy League, Maui County Veterans Council, The County of Maui, North Shore Zipline Camp Maui Tours and Richard Mickelsen.

For further information, and to arrange times for school tours and special showings for large groups, call (808) 283-3576.