Those headed to Lahaina to take in the town’s numerous historical sites will have to forget about getting into the Wo Hing Museum. Until further notice, the museum is closed for repairs, the Lahaina Restoration Foundation (LRF), which operates the building, said in a May 25 news release.
As of press time, we couldn’t get a timetable as to when the museum will re-open LRF spokesperson Karee Carlucci wasn’t sure when the building would reopen, but said “it won’t be before the end of June” (it’s housed in a building that dates to 1912). But the LRF’s description of the damage that needs to be repaired doesn’t make us think it’ll be quick work:
When ground termites were found in one of the posts supporting the upper lanai last year, that post and the surrounding area were treated but the termites’ point of entry was not specifically located. Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s chief engineer realized that the termites could return. The Foundation submitted a proposal and subsequently received a grant to fund the restoration project. County of Maui then issued Historic District and Special Management Area Exemption permits for the work.Bracing, demolition and repair work began this month, and the contractor found that the termite damage was more extensive than originally thought. A.H. Builders will be replacing all eight supporting posts on the front of the building, four on the upper lanai and four on the lower level. In addition to replacing the damaged wood posts and reinforcing the structure, the contractor is working to establish the point of entry of termites into the building so this type of infestation can be prevented in the future.