Did you know that the royal summer home Niolopa, complete with Hawaiian-style thatched roof, stood where the Hilo Hotel is now? Have you experienced the history of the Japanese Tea House in Lili`uokalani Gardens through a tea ceremony? Did you know the Koehnen Building’s basement is designed to prevent flooding (you can look down and see the river!).
Hear the stories behind historically significant and culturally rich places with anthropologist and historian Judith Kirkendall, Ph.D. and Leslie Lang, author of Exploring Historic Hilo, on an architectural tour of East Hawaii’s “Gathering Places” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17. Seating is limited, so it is suggested to sign up by Wednesday, November 14.
The van tour includes stops at and information about schools, businesses, churches and even a handful of sites where significant bits of our history no longer stand. Lunch and bottled water are included, and tickets are $50 for Museum members and $65 for nonmembers (which includes free Museum admission for the month following the tour). Tickets may be purchased by calling 935-5021.
“We want to paint a picture of what Hilo town looked like around the turn of the 20th century, as well as a bit earlier and later,” said Dr. Kirkendall. “It’s such a rich history.” Kirkendall and Lang will also lead a “Domestic Structures” tour on Dec. 15. The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai`i to tell the story of its islands and people. For additional information visit www.lymanmuseum.org.