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Archival materials ~ Sugar era displays ~ Modern art: At the heart of the Trust’s operations in Hilo, and open to visitors, our Archive & Gallery showcases modern original art work and high-tech art reproductions alongside archival historical materials and sugar-era still-lives in an exciting rotation of themes.

    • Historical documents~Palapala: Before the electronic age, land sales and land titles, employee records, personal and business correspondence, photos, financial transactions, charts, plantation maps, and other materials were documented on paper and handed down from generation to generation within offices, sealed in boxes and closets. When the Trust acquired the former Onomea Sugar Plantation building (now the Trust’s headquarters) from C. Brewer & Co., it came in possession of vaults full of such palapala, transferred there by C. Brewer in earlier times. They reflect our collective and, at times, familial heritage. The Trust has been archiving these invaluable documents with the wish to make them available to the public. Our collections trace the history of the Hawaiian Islands from the 1850s and the reign of Kamehameha III through the heyday of plantation commerce, Statehood, and the closure of sugar. At the Archive & Gallery we display select documents on a rotational basis. Come by often to see what’s new in history! Click here for more information. (cross link to store).
    • Sugar era displays: In the old Yoshiyama Store (also known as the Plantation Store) in Pāpa‘ikou, a little museum has been registered as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Hawai‘i to provide exclusive exhibits of plantation life in the islands. Its installations allow deep insight in the unique cultural heritage that Hawai‘i enjoys and builds upon today, a heritage formed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when, in a melting pot of ethnicities, Hawaiian, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Puerto Rican, and Caucasian people came together for the success of one single agricultural crop, sugar cane. The museum collection includes old photos, artifacts, and sports, railroad, and plantation memorabilia. Select products are available for purchase. (cross link to store).
    • Modern art: Contemporary works of art in the Trust’s collection inform viewers of Hawai‘i’s precious heritage while seeking to inspire about agriculture through right resource stewardship and education. Our modern art shows the natural, cultural and agricultural story of Hawai‘i, an evolving portrait of change from the past into the future, the result of a collaboration with local artist Kathleen Kam, who created for us lasting images depicting the native flora and fauna of Hawai’i.

Contact Person: John Cross