Cleaning out Kailua’s Attic: Trash or Treasure Announcement

Treasure Postcards

“Kailua Blue” comes in many shapes, sizes, and, of course, colors. The White House may have its own elegant, official chinaware, but in our little seaside town, we have our own “place settings” appropriate to the values of the past. For one kamaaina family it might be hukilau nets, for another, calabashes, and for another, ukuleles. Whatever has been handed down through the generations—from keepsakes to collectors’ items to sentimental objects—family members have carefully preserved and treasured them. Or, they may well have forgotten such pieces until rummaging through their attic.

The Kailua Historical Society will bravely uncover this subject in its public program on May 17, 2015, from 3:00 – 4:30, on the outdoor lanai of Faith Baptist Church (1230 Kailua Road). Departing from its usual practice of highlighting historical themes, the Society chooses to air the subject of how to recognize documents and objects with common historical value, and how to transfer them to other forms of usefulness. Practical advice for restoration and preservation will be shared.

Speaking on the subject will be DeSoto Brown from the Archives Department of the Bishop Museum. A life-long collector himself, and a professional archivist as well, DeSoto will give practical advice for distinguishing between trash and treasure. Introducing this subject will be three Kailua families, bringing different illustrations of what they have found in their own “attics” and how they have chosen to not only “clean out” their own space, but to share their treasures with others as well.

Come expecting a lively discussion, as well as to be inspired and learn from your neighbors as well. In Kailua’s time-honored practice, prepare also to carry home with you someone else’s “trash”.


Feel free to post or share our flyer for the upcoming event!

KHS Trash or Treasure Flyer