Event on Friday to celebrate Plantation Museum reopening

The museum’s new entry has interpretive panels about Maui’s multiethnic cultures. Checking out the exhibit are Iokepa Sulunga (from left), Sela Afu, Talaofa Sulunga, Maasi Afu and Salome Afu.

Lahaina Restoration Foundation will have a reopening celebration of its expanded Plantation Museum at The Wharf Cinema Center as part of Lahaina Second Friday events from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

This celebration of West Maui’s plantation life will include refreshments at the museum, which is located on the upper level of The Wharf Cinema Center at 658 Front St. in Lahaina. Next door at Campbell Park on the Lahaina Second Friday stage, Lahaina Restoration Foundation will present a slideshow of plantation era photos from its archives, along with a screening of the locally produced video “Last Harvest” about the closure of Pioneer Mill Co. beginning at 7 p.m. Kathy Collins will serve as emcee.

The expanded museum space features displays of heirlooms, appliances, tools and sports gear from plantation camps and family homes in Lahaina. Updated exhibits include historic photos and colorful displays portraying the pineapple and sugar plantation lifestyle; large interpretive panels describing the multiethnic cultural groups who lived in the plantation camps, and an electronic display of West Maui Plantation Camp Maps on a flat-screen.

Initially created from the popularity of Lahaina’s Plantation Days event and continually updated with support from the Maui community, the Plantation Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information about the Plantation Museum, visit lahainarestoration.org/plantation-museum. For details about the reopening celebration, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262 or email info@lahainarestoration.org.