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Celebrate Girl’s Day paniolo style!

Take a picture of your girls wearing a traditional kimono next to horses in our museum for a lovely photo keepsake. The Girl’s Day tradition blesses girls, a tradition brought to Hawai’i by early immigrants who worked in the sugarcane…

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Lion Dance at Makawao History Museum

Would you like to feed a Chinese dancing lion for good luck this year, or take some pictures with the family and a mighty lion? Makawao’s 25th Annual Chinese New Year’s Lion Dance Celebration takes place Saturday, February 4th from 10am…

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The Little Museum that Could…

In 2013 there was an idea percolating in the minds of several Makawao residents and businesses - the need to record and preserve the rich culture and history of Makawao and Upcountry Maui. And in a record time of two…

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The Making of the USO Exhibit

History has a funny way of coming to life. Without knowing it we are enlightened by events of the past. We become “detectives” as it were. One clue leads to another and discoveries are made. It all started with a…

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Rodeo Exhibit

The Makawao Fourth of July Rodeo has been a remarkable success from its very beginning.  One Sunday in July of 1956, 2,000 fans (four times more than organizers expected and had seats for) watched paniolo from three islands battle it out…

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Crossroads Exhibit

The four buildings that comprise the Makawao Crossroads have a common tie: the name Tam. It was natural that the Chinese, the first ethnic group brought in for plantation labor would be early residents and property owners. Tam Sing, Tam…

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Plantation Exhibit

Sugar cultivation in Makawao began in 1857 with the East Maui Sugar Plantation also known as the Kaluanui Plantation. The most significant Makawao sugar operation began in 1869, when Henry P. Baldwin and Samuel T. Alexander purchased a 12-acre Hawaiian…

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