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“good to visit”

Wo Hing Temple Museum
Ranked #52 of 122 things to do in Lahaina
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Lake Oswego,Or
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“good to visit”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

This museum is right on Front street surrounded by shops and galleries. It is small but very informative about the Chinese in Hawaii.

Visited April 2014
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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375 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“Small but interesting local museum”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

This is a good little museum that tells you quite a lot about the local history relating to the Chinese community and how it came to Maui and links in with 19th-century Chinese history. There is not a great deal to see and it will not take you that long to go around but it is worth it. Probably, we would advise you to go first to the Old Courthouse Museum which is free and will give you a comprehensive history of the area as well as Lahaina. If you then go to the Baldwin House Museum which is almost opposite the Old Courthouse, you will have dual entry to the Wo Hing Temple Museum. The history of Lahaina and the development of its community is well worth understanding and will certainly add value to your trip around the rather quaint town which is important historically for the Hawaiian community as well as the subsequent development by missionaries and the British.

Visited November 2013
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Tomball, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Historical value”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

If you are interested in the history of the island this is a good place to go. We probably would not have visited but the ticket we purchased of the Baldwin home included a tour of Wo Hing. It doesn't take long to go through, but there are several things to see and read. Then in the 'cookhouse' there are old films of the island made by Thomas Edison. We found that to be interesting as well. There is a lot to learn here even if the subject doesn't particularly interest you.

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Great place to kill 10 minutes”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Ok, the title was just a little sarcastic, if you milk it you can probably actually spend 20 minutes here. Wo Hing is a tribute to the Chinese history on the island. I love museums and history, the problem is there's just not a lot on display here and nothing to really connect you to what they're trying to show.

Inside the house, there's maybe a dozen or so things to see on each floor, and that's it. While we were there though there's a hidden gem in the barn out back. You'll find more stuff to see in there along with some benches and a flat screen TV.

Huh? A TV? Yeah, that doesn't really fit, but what's on it is some of Thomas Edison's home movies from the late 1800's when he visited Maui and Lahaina. That footage is worth the price of admission.

The Edision footage makes this worth stopping in. You'll get off your feet for a bit if you watch the film, no air conditioning or public restroom however. And a small donation gets you admission to both this site and the Baldwin House down the street. Also on a positive note, the volunteers working here are always very helpful not only about this location but with tips about other historical sites in Lahaina.

Visited June 2013
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Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Sweet hostess gave us a personal tour intro”
Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

Very interesting museum even I it was small. The hostess really was the reason we enjoyed our visit the most

Visited July 2013
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