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Hana Cultural Center
Ranked #26 of 33 things to do in Hana
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Owner description: An eclectic collection of local history.
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Hana’s Population in 2010: 2,291: this is not Honolulu (2010 population: 337,256) and this is not the Bishop Museum ($17.95 ‘required’ admission). Instead you get a small museum that does the best it can to preserve a little of both Hawaiian and Hana-ian culture. (Read about the tsunami in ’46.) The $3 is a ‘suggested’ donation. That donation might be used to better the quality of the museum in the long run. I found the docent to be knowledgeable, especially in lieu of all the folks who stop by asking for tourist advice, especially the “backside road.” She tolerated it all and with enthusiasm and aloha. (The lady behind the counter could learn a lot about P.R. and aloha by emulating her.) There are a couple of good pieces inside this one little room. Reading the information provided in the cases gives some good information. The courthouse is unique in that it is still used today. It was disheartening to see so many rave reviews for the Art Gallery (nice, but completely beyond my budget) and the negatives for this tiny, local museum trying to do what it can with limited everything (space, parking, resources). If the one hour of time and the $3 is such a big deal, please buy a bottle of beer and go watch the waves crash on one of the beautiful Hana beaches. (But please respect the “aina”- both the bottle *and the cap* are garbage!) SUPPORT ART in all its forms.

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Reviewed July 4, 2012

After getting in a suitable amount of beach and hiking in the area, we decided to explore the local cultural center -- a small easy way to contribute to local artists & economy. Was able to buy a nice ceramic mug by a local Hawaiian artist. That purchase made it worthwhile as every morning my day begins with that mug -- a world away from Hana.

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Reviewed May 25, 2012

Okay, the Hāna Cultural Center is not big, but it has some VERY interesting information. The Hāna Cultural Center is a must if you are stopping in Hāna. This museum includes the Hale Waiwai (“House of Treasures”) Museum & Gift Shop, the historic Hāna Courthouse, Jail, and Kauhale O Hāna (which is a reproduction of a traditional Hawaiian family compound). The entire thing may take less than an hour to really enjoy and you will learn a great deal about life in this historic east Maui town. The small donation requested at the entrance to the museum and gift shop is well worth it.

3  Thank MauiTravis
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

Nice little place with some artifacts and native houses to look at. They do sell some local crafts. The employees were very friendly and informative about their towns history. Worth stopping by if you are staying in Hana. I would not go out of the way for it.

2  Thank MrsPeeps1985
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

We were staying across the street so wandered over for a visit. not open on a saturday afternoon, we wandered the grounds for a few minutes. if you have never been to hawaii and are interested in it's history you could learn a few tidbits but this place is in bad repair with broken signage, buildings falling apart etc. your time would be better spent having a picnic or a swim in the bay down the street.

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