The people of Maui weave a colorful tapestry of ethnic cultures through centuries of history. There are museums featuring this cultural heritage and different eras of Maui’s history throughout the island. Not only do museums provide an interesting way to learn about the history and culture of a place, but they also offer gift shops with one-of-a-kind crafts, art, books and media for you to discover something special.
Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse pays tribute to the Chinese who arrived on Maui in the late 19th century to work on sugar plantations and eventually became the first merchants in Lahaina. The museum gift shop has a colorful display of unique books on Hawaii’s history and multiethnic culture, unusual kites, jade jewelry and ceramics.