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LRF shares history and culture with teachers

For the 11th consecutive year, Lahaina Restoration Foundation has provided its free “History In Our Back Yard” tour to new teachers from West Maui schools. Reaching more than 200 educators over these years, LRF shares Lahaina’s rich history and culture through this program.

In September, West Maui teachers set aside half of their Saturday to visit 30 historical sites while learning about the important role Lahaina has played throughout Hawaii’s history.

Initiated by Andy Kutsunai, retired history teacher and former chairman of LRF’s Community Education Committee, the annual tradition continues through the efforts of Co-Chairs Karee Carlucci and Louisa Shelton, their volunteer committee and the support of LRF staff and board of directors.

The tour is primarily a walking tour, led by Carlucci and joined by tour partners along the way who share their knowledge and passion for their organizations’ programs and projects.

This year, the tour commenced near Kamehameha Iki Park with Education Coordinator and Navigator Kala Baybayan from Hui O Wa’a Kaulua, followed by Wainani Kealoha from Maui Nei Native Expeditions at the Moku’ula restoration site. Other stops included the Waiola (Waine’e) Church and Cemetery, Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, where “Noosh” Nishihara made a presentation, followed by other sites in the heart of Lahaina.

The bus ride allowed viewing of even more sites leading to the next stop, met by Jackie Hala, a docent from LRF, who demonstrated the use of the printing press at Hale Pa’i Museum. The last stop was at Hale Pa’ahao for lunch in the shade of Lahaina’s Old Prison yard.

For more information about LRF, call the office at 661-3262 or go to lahainarestoration.org.