Museum Opening Honored by Hawaii Senate
By Jack Kiyonaga, Editor
The Molokai History Project opened its doors Friday, Oct. 6 with a celebration in Kaunakakai and a special message from Hawaii legislatures.
At the opening ceremony, State Senator Lynn DeCoite presented the museum with a proclamation on behalf of the Hawaii Senate congratulating and honoring the work done by the Molokai History Project.
“With its grand opening, the Molokai History Project is set to showcase Molokai’s history with initial exhibits showcasing Hawaiian quilts, paniolo history, Ka Hula Piko, Makahiki, East End Molokai along with the island’s churches and schools,” read the proclamation.
“The many people, the many hands,” said DeCoite. “I cannot tell you how grateful I am.”
Many Molokai residents attended the opening, which included an opening prayer from Jimmy Duvauchelle, before a lei cutting at the front door, officially opening the museum.
“That’s what we’re doing here, bringing out all the stories of the past,” said Duvauchelle. “Something that our children can look back on, something that our children can get involved in.”
The Molokai History Project will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays. It is free to enter and supported by community donations.