The Story of Hawaii Museum combines history, geography, cartography and historical artifacts of the Hawaiian Islands to create a stimulating educational experience. The museum provides a vivid visual orientation to Hawaii and the many peoples and nations who have helped to shape her heritage.
The displays range from the daring voyages of Polynesian navigators to the maps of the islands made by early Western explorers. There are also exhibits relating to the Hawaiian monarchy, Territorial days, Hawaii’s role in World War II, and the coming of statehood. Other sections include the era of steamship travel in the early 20th century, with a selection of nostalgic memorabilia from Matson Cruise Line.
One of the most exciting displays is a selection of maps, prints, photos, documents and artifacts related to Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. 1941. This section includes information not only about Oahu, but also takes a broader view of WWII in the Pacific as it looked from both the American and Japanese perspective. It includes many original items that are rarely seen.
Founded in 2012 The Story of Hawaii Museum is located at the Queen Kaahumanu Center at 275 Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului, Maui. In addition to its free informative exhibits, it also includes a gift shop featuring a wide range of maps and prints related to Hawaiian history as well as a variety of “Made in Hawai”i gift items including handmade jewelry and wood carving and art objects.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday