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The Mapping of Maui from 1778 to 1929

September 14, 2011, 2:40 PM HST
* Updated September 14, 4:48 PM
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By Wendy Osher

Map image from Riley Moffat's book, Surveying the Mahele.

A unique history of the Hawaiian Islands through historic maps comes to Maui in October.

The traveling exhibit, entitled The Mapping of Hawai’i, will be available for viewing October 1-15, 2011 at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku.

The exhibit traces the history of the Hawaiian Islands through its maps.

There is a $7 admission charge to the museum, except on Friday, October 7, between 5:30 and 8 p.m., when the public is invited to view the exhibit for free, in conjunction with the Wailuku First Friday event.

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During the October 7 viewing, exhibit curators Bryant Neal and Buck will act as docent for the event, joined by Richard Mickelsen. In addition to the maps and prints, there will also be a special exhibit with illustrations on the history of Polynesian voyaging canoes.

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The Maui Historical Society also presents an illustrated talk entitled, The Mapping of Maui from 1778 to 1929.

Riley Moffat, a noted authority on Hawaiian maps, will be the guest speaker. Moffat is a Senior Librarian at BYU-Hawai’i in La’ie, where he has also taught geography and surfing.

Moffat is the co-author of three books in the award-winning Palapala’aina series including:  The Early Mapping of Hawaii (1986), Surveying the Mahele (1995) and Mapping the Lands and Waters of Hawaii (2004).

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The talk will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, at the Bailey House Museum.  There is no charge for members of the Maui Historical Society.  Non-members will be charged $10 for admission to the talk, which includes admission on that day to the museum and the traveling exhibition.

The Bailey House Museum is located at 2375-A Main St. in Wailuku.  Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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