The Story of Hawaii


MAPPING OF LAHAINA EXHIBIT & Talk – Friday, March 9, 2012 
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn – Corner Front & Dickenson Streets – Sundown

*Rare Lahainaluna Atlas on view for the first time in a century. Many other historic Lahaina maps also displayed
Outdoors Museum Lawn – Admission is Free

*7:30 pm Guest speaker Riley Moffat, author and BYU map historian presents an illustrated talk on the Mapping of Lahaina Town
Outdoors – Admission is Free

THE MAPPING OF LAHAINA, a new exhibit on view at the Baldwin Home Museum (at the corner of Dickenson & Front Streets in Lahaina, Maui) opens on Friday, March 9, 2012. It is sponsored by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation as part of the 2nd Friday in Lahaina series.

The outdoor display features the priceless Lahainaluna Atlas containing maps printed at the school 1830s and 1840s. It is one of only two known copies in the world and has not been display for over a hundred years. Other interesting period maps will also be on view in facsimile.

At 7:30 pm, Riley Moffat, noted author and BYU map historian gives an illustrated talk THE MAPPING OF LAHAINA. The event is free and open to the public.

Moffat presents an overview of the geographical and historical situation of Lahaina from 1819 to 1975 told in stories and pictures. He begins with the 1819 DuPerrey survey, the Lahainaluna map of 1838, the Mahele surveys of W.P. Alexander, SE Bishop’s Hawaii Geographical Survey of 1883 and the WD Alexander Maui map of 1885.

Of particular note are the Sanborn insurance maps of 1914 & 1919. This large multi-panel display shows the town as it looked at the beginning of the 20th century in great detail. These have not been previously available and will be of special interest to Mauians who live or own property in Lahaina. He will also discuss the USGS map of 1925, and the resurvey of 1956 and 1961, and the nautical charts of 1928 and 1975.

The Moffat talk is sponsored by The Story of Hawaii Museum in Maalaea. This new Hawaiiana exhibit space, opening Sat., March 10 at the Maalaea Harbor Shops, also underwrote the cost of enlarging and printing many of the Lahaina maps on view.

The indoor portion of the mapping exhibit continues from Fri., March 9 to Fri., March 23 at the Baldwin Home. There is an admission charge of $5 on the evening of March 9, thereafter the admission is $7. The museum is open daily from 10-4. On Friday evenings from 6-8:30pm the tour is conducted by candlelight. For more information call 661-3262 www.lahainarestoration.org