LAHAINA - "Ha'ina Hou - Let the Story Be Told!" is the name of a 12-month program created by Lahaina Restoration Foundation for the new 2012 "Second Fridays" in Lahaina promotion.
Both the Wo Hing Museum and the Baldwin Home Museum will present a variety of free activities, including hands-on projects, presentations, movies, entertainment, food tasting events, interactive theater and more from 6 to 9 p.m. every Second Friday. The popular candlelit tour of the Baldwin Home will continue to be held every Friday night from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
On Dec. 9, the second Friday in December, the Baldwin Family and their six children invite the community to a holiday party at their home on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets. The home will be decorated for the occasion, and the hand-cranked ice cream maker, a new invention in the mid-1800s, will be put to good use. Mrs. Baldwin's delicious gingerbread cookies will also be served, and the other missionary wives will teach classes in wreath making from materials they gathered in the countryside. A church choir will entertain throughout the evening.
The "Welcome to Lahaina" signs on the highway at both the north and south entrances will be taken down shortly to be reconditioned. When they are replaced, the sign at the south end will be moved from the Puamana Park area to the middle of the new landscaped median of the highway by Aholo Street. The location of the north sign will remain the same. We expect the signs to be off the highway for approximately one month.
If the sidewalks look especially clean and sparkling in the 800 block of Front Street, this is the result of a new power washing program Lahaina Restoration Foundation has instituted in town. The lack of rain since early spring has compounded the problem of dirty sidewalks. Plans are to power wash all the sidewalks from Papalaua to Prison Street.
A new fence has been installed between the back of Hale Aloha and the back of the Holy Innocents Cemetery on Wainee Street. This area has been used as a shortcut for many years; however, due to recent problems, we need to close this access. Pedestrians should use Hale Street to get to the bus stop or to Front Street.
By the time you read this, the two original Pioneer Mill Company locomotives that were unveiled at the recent Lahaina Plantation Days should be resting on the track that was laid for them at the Smokestack Interpretive Area. Due to some logistical problems, there has been a delay in removing the locomotives from the truck trailers on which they arrived. Many thanks to the Sugar Cane Train for their help and expertise in laying the track and helping to move the locomotives onto the track. The next step in this project will be building a roof to protect the locomotives from the sun and the occasional rain.
"Passport to the Past" is a program that will be initiated in 2012 as a cooperative venture between the Bailey House Museum, the A&B Sugar Museum and Lahaina Restoration Foundation. This cooperative venture will enable visitors to purchase one ticket for all museums and create a new avenue for cooperative promotion and volunteer recruitment. The program is expected to be launched next spring.
With the education of youth as one of our strategic goals, Lahaina Restoration Foundation will be launching our new Keiki Camp in June. The day camp will be held at various historic sites in Lahaina, and the kids will be "traveling back in time" to experience life in all of Lahaina's historic eras through hands on projects, reenactments and demonstrations.
For more information on Lahaina Restoration Foundation, our activities, museums, volunteer opportunities and more, please visit our website at www.lahainarestoration.org.