New teachers get Lahaina history lesson

For the ninth consecutive year, the Lahaina Restoration Foundation shared Lahaina’s history and culture with new teachers through its program, “History In Our Back Yard.”

Sixteen teachers representing the six westside schools were provided this free tour.

Reaching more than 200 educators over these years, Lahaina Restoration Foundation has offered them a sense of place within the community in which they work.

The foundation annually provides Maui seniors a similar tour, “History for our Kupuna,” which also explores the community’s rich history.

Coordinated by Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Community Education Committee, Chairman Andy Kutsunai reported: “We have continued to reach out to our schools to provide primarily new teachers this educational tour. It really makes us appreciate the positive impact this makes on them as they take the time from their busy schedules to participate in this program.”

The tour touched on more than 30 of Lahaina’s historic sites and museums, mostly on foot led by both Kutsunai and committee member Karee Carlucci.

Representatives from the Hui O Wa’a Kaulua and the Friends of Moku’ula shared their knowledge of current projects at their sites. Other walking tour stops included the Waiola Churchyard, Lahaina Hongwanji Mission and many sites in the vicinity of Lahaina Harbor, including the new Lahaina Heritage Museum in the Old Courthouse.

After viewing the Baldwin Home Museum, the tour transitions to being taken by bus to stops at the Pioneer Mill smokestack and Hale Pa’i museum at Lahainaluna High School. The last stop was a return to Hale Pa’ahao for a relaxed lunch and refreshments provided by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation in the shade of the Old Prison yard.

This year, Discover Hawaii Tours provided transportation with its new Fun Bus, Pua Ka ‘Ilima.