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Story of Hawaii Museum in Kahului adds new Japanese strategic maps from World War II

Japan strategic map world war 2 story of hawaii museumYou don’t have to spend too much time in the Storyofhawaiimuseum.comin Kahului before concluding that curators Bryant Neal and Richard “Buck” Mickelsen love maps. They have maps of Hawaii as it appeared to the earliest European explorers, maps of the islands used by missionaries and maps showing Maui’s land distribution in the 19th century. And now, in anticipation of next year marking the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, they’ve acquired a number of maps used by Japan in their war planning efforts.

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Story Of Hawaii Museum In Kahului Adds New Exhibit On 4th Marine Division’s Camp Maui During WWII

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When I arrived at the Story of Hawaii Museum at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 5, Buck Mickelsen–who helps run the place–immediately noticed my shirt, which has drawings of old Inter-Island Airways S-38 and S-43 seaplanes on the back. He immediately walked me over to a book of old photos near the back and began showing me photos of the planes flying over Manoa Valley, taking off at Kona and awaiting passengers at old John Rodgers Field on Oahu.

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WORLD WAR II IS THE TOPIC OF NOVEMBER PRESENTATIONS AT STORY OF HAWAII MUSEUM

The Story of Hawaii Museum, located in the Maalaea Harbor Shops, is presenting two special sessions with Maui historian and author Deborah C. Pike: “Who Really Started the War in the Pacific?” is the topic of the Hawaiian History Evening on Friday, November 2 from 5-7pm and “Maui’s Heroes - 442nd” is the title of the Veteran’s Day presentation on Sunday, November 11 from 3-5pm. Live Hawaiian music and light refreshments are included. An admission donation of $10 is requested for each presentation.

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A Special Hawaiian History Evening with award-winning author Jill Engledow

Please join us for a special Hawaiian History Evening with award-winning author Jill Engledow on Friday, September 7 from 5-7pm. The evening includes a presentation by Engledow about how an American sea captain's evil deeds helped to establish the royal Kamehameha Dynasty. There will be Hawaiian music and light refreshments. A donation of $10 per person is requested and reservations may be made by calling 242-6938 or online at www.storyofhawaiimuseum.com.

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The Story of Hawaii Museum Ongoing Events

The Story of Hawaii Museum presents regularly scheduled events designed to delight, entertain and educate.

HAWAIIAN HISTORY EVENINGS FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH 5-7PM • $15 ADMISSION
Mele Fong presents a brief talk with PowerPoint presentation followed by The Hawaiian Serenaders performing music from the days of Hawaii Calls and beyond. Also at these special evenings, guests enjoy refreshments while learning about Hawaii's history in the ambiance of the museum. Topics are relevant to the month in Hawaiian history.

HAWAIIAN HISTORY TALKS ON THURSDAYS BEGINS NOVEMBER 2012
10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM, AND 2:30PM • $7 ADMISSION LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE; SESSIONLASTS45MINUTES• RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

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The Story of Hawaii Exhibition March 10, 2012

THE STORY OF HAWAII MUSEUM: Presents an exhibit tracing the history of Hawaii with antique maps, prints and ephemera. The show covers more than a thousand years of island life from the Polynesian Migrations to the 21st Century.

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - MAALAEA HARBOR SHOPS - 3:00 to 6:30 - FREE

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THE STORY OF HAWAII Museum Grand Opening

THE STORY OF HAWAII Museum: An exhibit tracing the history of Hawaii displays antique maps, invite1prints and ephemera from the Polynesian Migrations to the 21st Century. This is the soft opening of a new exhibit space with more than 2,000 square feet devoted to vintage and antique Hawaiiana. The museum is located in the Maalaea Harbor Shops (Next door to the Pacific Whale Foundation). This event is free and open to the public. Ample free parking.

HIGHLIGHTS

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* GALLERY TALK by curator Bryant Neal - A fascinating an interpretive illustrated tour through the history of the islands.  http://mauinow.com/2012/02/22/bryant-neal-telling-hawaiis-story/ 

* MAPPING OF LAHAINA - AnIllustrated talk by Riley Moffat, noted author & BYU map historian. Moffat presents a detailed review of Lahaina maps from 1819-1975. Many important maps of the town will be shown, especially notable and never before seen are the historic insurance maps of Lahaina as it looked from 1914-1919. These have been enlarged so all the detail is now visible.

Contact: Bryant Neal 283-3576  Email Bryant


Bryant Neal – Telling Hawaii’s Story

bryant mug 300x262A lot of people know Bryant Neal. The 55-year-old native of Arkansas arrived on Maui in 1982. He's been a busy man ever since.

Some people remember him from his early days as director of marketing for a prominent Maui jewelry firm. Other people recall the more than 20 years he spent with Alan and Char Walker and their multiple Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd. galleries.

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