Antique relics and the feel of old Hawaii embellish the Mahamoku (meaning Island of Peace) house found in the middle of Hanalei Bay. Forty-two colorful antique patriotic posters painted by French school children and bronze commemorative medals from World War II adorn the charming home, owned and designed by Mabel Wilcox, the first registered nurse on the island of Kauai. Mable Wilcox was

Old Hawaii and antique relics at Mahamoku. Photo by Moana Ferry.

born and raised on Kauai and eventually graduated from John Hopkins School of Nursing in 1911. She lived a relatively leisurely and comfortable life on the island but was incredibly selfless to leave the island to serve as a head nurse helping emergency civilians during the First World War in 1914.

This exhibit celebrates the restoration of Mabel’s Mahamoku beachside home, which is now a museum, while also celebrating the many doctors, and nurses who volunteered to enter the war and their commitment to the well-being and protection of humanity.  Other artifacts included in the exhibit is a German helmet collected at the frontlines after Armistice Day by Mabel Wilcox as well as a Medal of Appreciation from the Queen of Belgium and Mayor Lf La Havre.

Mahamoku in Hanalei. Photo by Moana Ferry.

Presented by the Waioli Corporation, a non-profit community organization that preserves the Waioli Mission House and Grove Farm museums, who is hosting this historical exhibit for visitors and the local community to enjoy the rich history that Mahamoku provides.

Mahamoku can be found on Hanalei Bay at 5344 Weke Road and is the exhibit is open from April 6th – May 4th, 2013 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. A $10.00 donation will be requested at the door.

If you are interested in learning more, the exhibit is also holding a series of “Talk Story” luncheons on the lanai will feature Barnes Riznik, Director Emeritus of Waioli Mission House and Grove Farm museums and author of Mabel Wilcox, R.N., her Legacy of Caring.

For more information or to reserve a place for the Talk Story luncheon, please call (808) 245-3202 or get more information at

Head down to Hanalei and view the exhibit at Mahamoku. Photo by Moana Ferry.

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