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Lahaina’s history comes to life at Ha‘ina Hou!

By Staff | Jan 12, 2012

During Ha‘ina Hou on Friday, Jan. 13, the Baldwin Home Museum will feature the “Healing Arts of the 1800s.” Here, Dr. Dwight Baldwin (played by Bunt Burkhalter) prepares medicine with his wife, Charlotte (Anne Burkhalter).

LAHAINA – Ha’ina Hou! (Let the story be told!) was launched by Lahaina Restoration Foundation in December. This free, monthly program at both the Wo Hing and Baldwin Home Museum is interactive, educational, entertaining and fun!

Held every Second Friday of the month from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Ha’ina Hou brings the museums to life. During Ha’ina Hou on Friday, Jan. 13, the Baldwin Home Museum will feature the “Healing Arts of the 1800s” with Dr. Anne Biedel, M.D., speaking on western medicine of the 1800s, and Malihini Keahi-Heath presenting on Hawaiian herbal healing. The presentation and powerpoint will be held on the lawn of the Baldwin Home at 7:30 p.m. Suzanne Bryer-Ayers, a docent at the Baldwin Home Museum, will provide historical context for the presentations. A display of Hawaiian medicinal herbs and Dr. Baldwin’s medical implements will be on exhibit throughout the evening.

The Ha’ina Hou presentation at the Wo Hing Museum on Jan. 13 will feature information about the upcoming Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dragon. Demonstrations and educational information about the origin and significance of the traditional Chinese lion dance and Chinese New Year will be presented via powerpoint at 6:30 p.m. and repeated at 8:30 p.m.

Children’s hands-on activities will be held throughout the evening and will include paper lantern making, puppets, fans and more. Fresh local produce will be sold at a farmers’ market booth. The museum grounds will be festively decorated with traditional Chinese lanterns, and the Wo Hing Museum and altar will also be decorated in a traditional manner. Year of the Dragon calendars and T-shirts will be available for sale.

A reduced price of $5 per adult, with children 12 and under free, is the special rate charged for museum admission during Ha’ina Hou. One $5 ticket provides admission to both museums and includes the popular candlelit tour at the Baldwin Home. Too busy to hit both museums in one night? Museum admission tickets purchased at Ha’ina Hou remain valid for one year and can be used any day of the week.

Ha’ina Hou is one of the many events scheduled for Lahaina’s Second Friday, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in Lahaina every second Friday with “after parties” occurring at popular restaurants. Maui Town Parties, an initiative created by the County of Maui, helps revitalize Maui’s small towns.

Taking the lead on the planning of Second Fridays is a new, energetic steering committee composed of Lahaina’s business leaders. The theme for January’s Second Friday party is “Front Street-Great Street,” a commemoration of the recent national recognition of Front Street by the American Planning Association.

For a full schedule of events for Second Friday in Lahaina, visit www.mauifridays.com .

We recently received a note from a resident that stated: “We were walking home from the yacht club this morning and got constantly hassled by all of the activity salespeople who have popped up on Front St. in town this winter… you can’t even walk on the sidewalk without being accosted. There are now 19 booths between Shaw Street and Papalaua Street. What can we do about this?”

The “hawking,” or solicitation of pedestrians, along Front Street is clearly illegal. The County of Maui Historic District Ordinance (19.52.090 E) states: “It is unlawful for any person to carry on or solicit business in any location on any street, highway or sidewalk (within the Lahaina Historic Districts). Complaints can be made online at www.co.maui.hi.us. Click on “online services,” then click on “request for service.” Fill out the form online and send. Let’s all work together to protect the historic integrity of Lahaina’s Front Street – recently recognized nationally as one of Ten Great Streets in America in 2011.

The popular, monthly Hawaiian Music Series held on the front lawn of the Baldwin Home has been moved to a new day and time. Starting on Thursday, Jan. 26, this month’s free event, featuring Josh Kahula and Preston Ako, will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a beach chair and bring a friend. Enjoy live Hawaiian music in Lahaina. The Hawaiian Music Series is produced by Lahaina Restoration Foundation and supported by the county Office of Economic Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.