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Museums to present Women’s History Month exhibitions

During the month of March, five Maui museums across the island will commemorate the vital role of women in local history in the first of four, quarterly collaborative exhibitions under the banner, “Celebrate Maui Museums.”

The public is invited to experience these local stories and exhibits in museums located in Wailuku, Lahaina, Makawao and Puunene.

The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum in Puunene will present Women in Hawaii’s Sugar Plantations. This exhibit will explore the role of the woman in Hawaii’s sugar history through objects, photos and personal stories.

Lahaina’s Baldwin Home Museum will feature a tour overlay that focuses on the role of Kealoha, who was a beloved teacher, children’s nurse, caretaker, and companion within Dr. Baldwin’s family and home. The exhibit is titled “Kealoha: A Life of Earnest Devotion.”

In its exhibit, “Honoring Three Upcountry Women,” the Makawao History Museum will present vignettes about the lives of three upcountry women: Ethel Baldwin, leader of the local women’s suffrage movement; Patsy Mink, the first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress; and Gordean Bailey, Miss Hawaii 1959 and a kumu hula today.

The exhibit, “Gertrude Vierra: Preserving Wo Hing” on display at the Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse will celebrate the pivotal role Gertrude Vierra played in saving and restoring the Wo Hing Society buildings on Front Street in Lahaina.

Hale Ho’ike’ike at Bailey House Museum will present “Hawaiian Women’s Fashion: Kapa, Cotton, and Silk,” an exhibit on the fashion of Hawaiian women. For more information, visit Facebook.com/Celebrate

MauiMuseums or contact Kimberly Flook at (808) 661-3262.

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