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Our Mission Statement

“To preserve and share the cultural heritage of our Upcountry community by bringing history to life for present and future generations.”

19Nov 18

Kitada’s Kau Kau Korner

Kitada's Kau Kau Korner was one of Makawao's oldest businesses where the food and atmosphere were loved by all. Takeshi and Suteko Kitada established their restaurant in 1947 and served…

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Violet Komoda holding her wedding photo to her husband Joe Kazuo Komoda

Kupuna Film Project

The Kupuna Video Project began in May 2015, from the vision and inspiration of then board members Sunny Jordan and Judy Mertens.  The vision was to recount the unique history of upcountry Maui as told by elders who lived, worked, raised families, and experienced the profound change that has overtaken life as it was a generation earlier.  Robert Stone, an award-winning film maker was very interested in the project, joined Jordan and Mertens,  and agreed to film and edit the kupuna interviews.

To date, the Museum has received the following grants for the Project:

County of Maui, Office of Economic Development:  $6,000
Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation Grant for $10,000
Atherton Family Foundation for $10,000
Alexander & Baldwin Foundation for $10,000

The Museum and the entire upcountry community are very appreciative for their commitment to support this film project.

Sadly, Robert Stone passed away earlier this month.  The Makawao History Museum honors his memory as a true friend of the Museum.  Todd Perkins will be assisting the Museum so we may continue our collection of experiences and stories of the upcountry kupuna.

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