There are many great activities you can enjoy during your stay at Puunoa Beach Estates: Great restaurants, parasailing, and a beach that is perfect for playing with your kids, as well as whale watching. Another fun thing to do with the entire family is to get a glimpse into the past at the Wo Hing Museum – only a short distance from your accommodations.
About the Wo Hing Museum
Hawaii has strong Chinese traditions in its past. The earliest Chinese to arrive came by whaling or trading ships. These men built irrigations systems and tunnels through the mountains. They also worked in the many sugar mills and sugar plantations in Maui. There were many Chinese immigrants living in Maui, so in 1912, a social and meeting hall was built by the Wo Hing Society. The attractive building was constructed right on Front Street, and still stands to this day. It has been maintained by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation since 1983, when the foundation realized the importance of this valuable historical structure. It has since been turned into a museum!
Museum is a “Gem of a Museum”
Many visitors to the Wo Hing Museum say that it is well worth the visit. One reviewer says they “visit every time we come to Maui,” because “something always has been added” (read additional reviews of the museum here). When you visit the museum, you’ll be able to tour the house, as well as a cookhouse (where you can see cooking artifacts), and short films by Thomas Edison.
Information about Visiting
The museum is located at 858 Front Street, Lahaina, a less-than 10-minute walk from your accommodations at Puunoa Beach Estates. The museum is open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Admission ranges from $5-$7, and children under the age of 12 are free. And, when you purchase admission to the Wo Hing Museum, you also get access to the Baldwin House – another historical site in Lahaina (upgrade your ticket to a passport, and you get access to four museums in the area). Learn more about visiting the museum here. Also, the Annual Chinese Kite Festival is coming up soon in April – learn more about this fun event!
Get a Glimpse into Maui’s Past
When you visit historic sites such as the Wo Hing Museum in Lahaina, you get insight into Maui’s past. This is a valuable part of traveling, and makes the rest of your vacation that much more meaningful. Book your stay at Puunoa Beach Estates today, and get started on planning the rest of your vacation from there!