This museum bills itself as the “First Aviation Museum on Maui” and the “World’s Only Known Paper Airplane Museum”.
It holds a collection of over 2,000 cardboard airplane models and kits as well as photos relating to Hawaii’s aviation history. The models range from postage stamp size to wingspans of over 6 feet.
To be featured here, planes must be made from a minimum of 95% paper products. The museum features photos and artifacts showing the Hawaiian Islands’ aviation history from 1910 to the present. Also included in the museum are the handcrafted designs of the Tin Can Man of Maui. There are hundred of tin can airplanes, cars, boats, trains, dinosaurs, ukuleles, and more.
The museum also features the creations of owner Ray Roberts, “The Tin Can Man of Maui. ” Ray builds models of ships, airplanes, cars, etc., out of soda cans. On display was his chef d’oevre, a model of the Concord Jet, which used over 90 cans. Almost all of his creations are for sale. (The Concord has a price tag of $700).
Aviation buffs and fans of local history will find the most satisfaction at this mall museum. Photographs from the early 20th century to the present day chart Hawaii’s aviation history. Accompanying them are displays of more than 2500 paper airplanes, ranging from da Vinci’s 15th-century model to a current one of the space shuttle.
If you’d like to tackle a project on your own, kits in all levels of difficulty are for sale. Other items are also available at the gift shop.
Open Monday – Saturday.
Admission: FREE – donations are appreciated.
Books, planes, models, etc. for sale.
Located in the Maui Mall in Kahului. Take Kaahumanu Avenue (Highway 32) east. Maui Mall is on the left side of the road before Hana Highway and after the Kahului Shopping Center.
Address: 70 E. Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului, HI
Directions: Two miles west of the airport on Hana Hwy. In the Maui Mall.
Originally posted 2012-05-19 16:12:39.