Gramma Vovo's Kitchen



Makawao History Museum has a new exhibit and if I do say so myself, it's really sweet. In fact, it's my favorite so far.

One of our lovely Upcountry Kupunas, Alice Tavaris, has lived a full life on Maui and she shares her stories  in her recent book called "The Hub of My Wheel." It's honest and entertaining, filled with memories of a simpler time. Alice describes her grandmother Vovo's kitchen in great detail. The Portuguese word for Gramma is Vovo, so of course the title of our new exhibit is, "Grandma Vovo's Kitchen". 


Those of us blessed with happy memories of our grandma's kitchen are so fortunate.

I had an old cast iron porcelain coated sink with side drains from a home that I sold. We built a base for it to become the exhibit's focal point. I also found fabric with the old rice bag logos and we made curtains for under the sink. The kitchen was completed with old fashioned oil cloth covering a wooden table and a pie safe filled with Alice's collectible treasures.  My creative partner in these exhibits, Darrell Orwig,  had the brilliant idea to make Portuguese Sweet Bread out of expandable foam. He filled baking dishes and painted the loaves  to look quite appetizing as part of the exhibit. 

We invited Alice's large family to bless the opening and a great time was had by all.  The community so enjoys our little museum with a big heart. I am lucky to be able to have creative license on the exhibits and enjoy the process and all the positive response from all.

Much is changing so quickly and a little nostalgia goes a long ways in our busy lives.

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