Wo Hing Museum
858 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761 - United States
Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m. ()
The earliest Chinese to arrive on Maui came on trading or whaling ships. It was these men who helped to build tunnels and irrigation systems through the mountains. If you’ve ever driven the famous Road to Hana, you’ve seen outstanding examples of their labor in the East Maui Irrigation System of bridges. During the years 1852-1898, many thousands of Chinese came to Maui to work on sugar plantations and in sugar mills.
In 1983, Lahaina Restoration Foundation took steps to restore this social meeting hall for Lahaina. Under a long-term agreement with the Wo Hing Society, the foundation provided funds to bring the buildings back to life and maintain them as a museum.
In 1912 using private donations, Wo Hing Society built an attractive two-story building that still stands on Front Street. Upstairs is a temple with an altar for religious ceremonies.
Downstairs was the social hall, which serves as museum space and a gift shop today. Engraved on the calligraphy boards around the temple are characters for Wo, meaning “peace and harmony” and Hing, which means “prosperity.”
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