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“Nice little museum and restored sugar mill”

Molokai Museum and Cultural Center
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

Museum was a little sparse, but it was made up by the informative docent who gave a quick tour, DVD, and photographs. The restored sugar mill was very interesting and well done.

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Reviewed February 16, 2012

My husband and I spent three days on Moloka'i. We stayed in the Palau'u State Park the night before and had planned to hike to Kalaupapa but it had rained the entire night and continued that day. We had seen the signs for the Moloka'i Museum and Cultural Center while driving by and decided to stop in on Feb.7. I had not done any research on the place so I did not have any expectations. It cost $5 per person to enter. The man at the front desk said he had just started a video for another couple to watch and said we could sit down and join them. We did. The video was not interesting and I struggled to keep my attention focused. After the video was complete the man asked if we would like to watch another video on Kalaupapa from the park service. The other couple declined and went to walk around. Since we had planned to hike to Kalaupapa, we decided to watch. This video was interesting. After it was finished we began walking around. We say a few antique items, like a typewriter, phone, tools, etc... but nothing we couldn't see in our county museum back home. The room was divided by a few floating walls all filled with photos - mostly all involving Kalaupapa. It seemed more like a photo gallery than it did a museum.
Another room was essentially a gift shop filled with books on Hawaii and the culture, and handmade quilts and other niknaks. That was it for the museum.
The man then asked if we would like a tour of the sugar mill on the property. He took us out the door, handed us a paper with information by numbers and we were off on a self-guided tour. My husband found the sugar mill interesting - if not for that the entire trip would not have been worth our while. I would estimate it took less than an hour to look at everything.

On a side note, just so it doesn't seem I have something against museums... I had assumed the quality of the museum was due to the size of the island. But a few days later we went to Lana'i, which is even a smaller item. They also have a culture and heritage center in Lana'i City - and it was outstanding. There were all kinds of relics, artifacts, historical items; not only on the history of Lana'i but also on Hawai'i in general. The curator also provided us with a great deal of information on the Moloka'i, the restoration of the ancient fish ponds, and the debate the citizens have had over development of the island. There was also not admission - donations were accepted.

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Reviewed February 11, 2012

This is a surprisingly good museum primarily dealing with the Hansen's Disease colony on Molokai, yet also offering a number of historical artifacts on other aspects of Moloka'is history including a "birthing stone and its protector" along with a nicely restored 19th century sugar mill. Buying a five pound sack of sugar is so easy and inexpensive, yet after seeing just what it takes to grow and process sugar, you will forever think it a bargain. This museum is conveniently located near other Moloka'i attractions towards the end of highway 470. If you are on a day tour of Moloka'i from Maui or on Moloka'i for a few days, be certain to attend this museum. The docents are very good and happy to answer any questions. The fee is a very modest $5 per person. Allow about 90 minutes to enjoy the indoor exhibits, two short documentary movies, and take pictures of the sugar mill.

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Reviewed February 6, 2012

very interesting story here- and sad too. The people became a true family and built beautiful relationships out of a very sad situation

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Reviewed March 11, 2007

No trip to Molokai is complete without visiting the museum. It's on the way to the Kalaupapa overlook, on the left side of the road.The sugar mill is an interesting and well restored example of early industry. Mothers will want to test the birthing stone for comfort. The gift shop is tempting. There was a beautiful photo exhibit of the island when I was there.

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