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Plantation History Expands at The Wharf Cinema Center

May 16, 2017, 9:42 AM HST
* Updated May 16, 11:15 AM
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The Wharf Cinema Center and Lahaina Restoration Foundation announced the expansion of the Plantation Days Museum, which is now open to the public.

The museum allows guests to step back in time to the “old days” of West Maui’s Plantation Era.

Guests are invited to experience the lives of the people living and working during the height of the pineapple and sugar plantation industry on Maui. Donated artifacts and photographs are on display throughout the museum as well as “The Last Harvest,” a video depicting the days leading up to the closing of Pioneer Mill Co. in 1999.

The expanded exhibit focuses on the different ethnic groups that came to work on the plantation, the culture they brought with them, and how it shaped Lahaina Town.

“Lahaina’s Plantation Days tells the story of West Maui’s plantation era through the lives of the people who toiled in the fields and raised their families in the camps. Their triumphs, sacrifices and contributions made a significant and lasting impact on Maui,” said Theo Morrison, Executive Director of Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

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The Plantation Days Museum is located on the upper level of The Wharf Cinema Center and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

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The Wharf Cinema Center is located at 658 Front Street in Historic Lahaina Town, across the street from the famous Banyan Tree.  Validated parking is available directly behind The Wharf Cinema Center, accessible from Waineʻe and Luakini Streets.

Donated artifacts and photographs are on display throughout the museum as well as “The Last Harvest,” a video depicting the days leading up to the closing of Pioneer Mill Co. in 1999.

Donated artifacts and photographs are on display throughout the museum as well as “The Last Harvest,” a video depicting the days leading up to the closing of Pioneer Mill Co. in 1999.

Donated artifacts and photographs are on display throughout the museum as well as “The Last Harvest,” a video depicting the days leading up to the closing of Pioneer Mill Co. in 1999.

Donated artifacts and photographs are on display throughout the museum as well as “The Last Harvest,” a video depicting the days leading up to the closing of Pioneer Mill Co. in 1999.

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