Thursday, January 14, 2010

Announcing the Kaluanui Experience

Over the past year, Executive Director Caroline Killhour and a team of staff and supporters have been hard at work developing the Kaluanui Experience— a new program sharing the history and botany of the Hui's unique property with Maui's visitors and residents.

The program consists of a new historical exhibition room, a guidebook to three new walking tours of the Kaluanui property with detailed information about the expansive range of plants and trees throughout the estate, and workshops linked to the Hui's Green Art Series, such as Natural Hawaiian Dyes and Dyeing which uses live samples from our vast collection of estate plants and trees to create original dyes and live color.

Developed by Kari McCarthy and Darrell Orwig, the historical exhibition room provides Hui guests with the opportunity to discover the rich history of the estate. Located in a former bedroom downstairs, the room has been recently transformed to artfully display Ethel Baldwin's collection of hollowware silver as well as many historical photos, sketchbooks, and journals. "After watching this room develop over the past few months, it is exciting to finally unveil it and share it with everyone," said Killhour.

These activities represent just the beginning of the Kaluanui Experience with plans in the works to publish additional booklets and create rotating exhibitions for the historical space. As the Hui's offerings continue to grow, we welcome you to visit and explore these fantastic new opportunities!

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