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Old photos at Art Night

This photo shows Front Street sometime between 1920 and 1940. — NAOKI KUTSUNAI photo

Black and white photos from the collection of Loli Nakamoto and Naoki Kutsunai will be featured at the weekly Art Night historic exhibit on the lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum in October.

The exhibit will be on display from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays during the Friday Night is Art Night in Lahaina. Admission is free.

These photos of landmark buildings and memorable Lahaina scenes were taken between the 1920s and the 1940s. They offer a window into Lahaina’s past. Mala Wharf, Front Street with a handful of vintage automobiles, the sprawling Pioneer Mill Hospital that occupied a corner of what is now the Outlets of Maui are some of the scenes portrayed.

Both Nakamura and Kutsunai were studio photographers by trade, making their living taking photos of babies on their first birthday, newly married couples and families in their “Sunday best.”

In the studio, they used a view camera on a wooden frame, which was 5 1/2 feet tall. The camera will also be at the exhibit.

In the field, they switched to a rolleiflex camera. The rolleiflex had two lenses of identical focal length. One lens transmitted the image to the film and the other functioned as a viewfinder for the photographer.

During the war years, when Maui became a rest and recuperation destination for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Kutsunai made his photos into postcards that the homesick sailors sent home to their loved ones. The images of Lahaina made their way into Mainland homes.

Friday Night is Art Night also features a candle lit tour of the historic Baldwin Home. Each 20 minute tour costs $5 per person with children 12 and under free. Tickets my be purchased on-site or online at www.lahainarestoration.org.

 Lahaina Restoration Foundation coordinates Art Night, the Candle Lit Tour and the Historic Displays.

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