The third annual Lahaina Plantation Days was held this past Thursday thru Saturday and was supported in part by Ka’anapali Land Management, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Hawaii Tourism Authority. The event was coordinated by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and was held by the smokestack of Pioneer Mill.
First stop, the plantation life house exhibits. Antique household items, utility tools and Mr. Yano’s radio collection. The exhibit also had a collection of old photos of plantation life and the strike of 1946. Huge maps of the different camps showed the family surnames who resided in each home in the camp, including an “obake house” which was believed to be haunted.
I can picture my grandma sewing at a Singer machine similar to this one.
I remember Emma Sharpe as being a well known hula instructor in the 80s when I danced hula, the exhibit had an image of her students from a much earlier time period.
Another favorite Japanese cultural exhibit included kimonos, wedding dolls and koinobori.