Formerly Mission Houses Museum

Formerly Mission Houses Museum Mission Houses Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits documents, artifacts and other records of Hawaii's missionary period (1820 - 1863) and beyond. The Museum makes these collections available for research, education, and enjoyment.
The Museum strives to promote cross-cultural understanding of Hawaii's history, both past and present; therefore, it places great emphasis on incorporating contemporary elements into nearly all of its exhibitions, adult and school programs, workshops and special events. Mission Houses Museum is a National Historic Landmark and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
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WE WILL DISCONTINUE THE USE OF THIS PAGE, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:Aloha! In keeping with our new branding, please add ...
05/04/2012
Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

WE WILL DISCONTINUE THE USE OF THIS PAGE, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

Aloha! In keeping with our new branding, please add our new, "Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives" page for news, updates, and promotions. We will be discontinuing use of this page and will eventually close it entirely. Please help us to spread the word!

Guided Tours: 11 am, 12pm (noon), 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Cost:$10

04/10/2012

Wow! We wrote a grant proposal and it was accepted as one of the top seven internationally to win a $15,000 prize!

. . . Help us win this grant by voting for us on-line at http://www.facebook.com/emccorp/app_222471081145150.

We are a finalist in the EMC Corporation Heritage Trust grant competition. The winner receives $15,000 towards digitizing rare archives and getting them on-line for you to read! (2nd place, $10,000; 3rd place $5,000). We still need the funds to complete year three of an amazing digitization project. Forward the link to all your friends and colleagues – and children! – anyone with an e-mail address can vote. If you have not yet seen the work we have done, please visit www.missionhouses.org and the libary page to find:
The Friend (1843-1954)
Levi Chamberlain Journal (1822-1849)
Mission Station Reports
Now in progress are the Missionary Letters between Hawaii and Boston.

To help us win the top prize, vote for us on-line at http://www.facebook.com/emccorp/app_222471081145150 then send this link to all your friends and colleagues and ask for their kōkua (help), too. How many votes do you think we can generate?

Thank you VERY much!

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is featured in the Star Advertiser's "Today" section found on page G1...
02/19/2012
Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is featured in the Star Advertiser's "Today" section found on page G1 and continued on page G7. "Name Changers" details our strategic planning (and the strategic planning of the Honolulu Academy of Arts) and the spirit and focus of our rebranding. Check it out! Please do not forget to add our new page at: http://www.facebook.com/hawaiianmissionhouses

Guided Tours: 11 am, 12pm (noon), 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Cost:$10

Aloha! In keeping with our new branding, please add our new, "Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives" facebo...
01/26/2012
Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

Aloha! In keeping with our new branding, please add our new, "Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives" page for news, updates, and promotions. We will be discontinuing use of this page and will eventually close it entirely. Please help us to spread the word!

Guided Tours: 11 am, 12pm (noon), 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Cost:$10

01/26/2012

For immediate release: January 25, 2012

MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM RENAMING TO HAWAIIAN MISSION HOUSES HISTORIC SITE AND ARCHIVES

HONOLULU, HI – The Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society and Mission Houses Museum’s board of trustees recently approved a strategic plan and new name for this National Landmark. Starting February 1, 2012, the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society Library and Mission Houses Museum will become Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives. The new name and strategic plan is meant to better reflect the nature of the facilities and to establish the organization as a collaborative part of the community.

“The vision is straight-forward: the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives enriches our community by fostering thoughtful dialogue and greater understanding of the missionary role in the history of Hawai‘i,” says Dr. Thomas Woods, executive director, “Our new focusing theme can be summarized in one word—collaboration.”

Collaboration between Native Hawaiians and the American Protestant missionaries resulted in, among other things, the introduction of Christianity, the creation of the Hawaiian written language, widespread literacy, the promulgation of the concept of constitutional government, making Western medicine more available, and the evolution of a new and distinctive musical tradition. Over the course of 2012, Hawaiian Mission Houses will be presenting a variety of special programs designed to encourage ‘emotional learning,’ so people get to know the historical missionary families on a more personal level. Special events during the year will feature performances by local actors and musicians, and our classic Holiday Craft Fair, among others.

According to Dr. Woods, “Missionaries were people with hopes, dreams, devotion, and inspirational success, but they also experienced disappointments, loneliness, sadness, misjudgments, and failures. These are the moments the Hawaiian Mission Houses want visitors to experience and the people we want visitors to come to know as we approach the bicentennial of the First Company’s arrival in 1820.”

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Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, located in Honolulu’s Historic Capitol District, is the authority of Hawaiian missionary history, and is known worldwide as the place where the Hawaiian written language was developed in collaboration with the ali‘i—the Hawaiian royalty—and the Hawaiian people. It preserves the two oldest documented houses in Hawai‘i, which were built and used by missionaries in the early 19th century, and the largest collection of Hawaiian language books in the world.

For more information:

Christopher J. Wong
Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
553 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813
Phone: (808) 447-3910 ext. 721
Email: [email protected]

12/21/2011

Mission Houses Museum has a new Curator of Public Programs. Effective, January 1st, Mike Smola, current Volunteer & Tours Coordinator, will assume his new responsibilities.

11/26/2011
Formerly Mission Houses Museum

Formerly Mission Houses Museum

See U at Craft Fair TODAY 8-3, crafts, food, parking Mission Houses Museum & Kawaiahao Church. Plz RT. Be there!

11/26/2011

See U at Craft Fair TODAY 8-3, crafts, food, parking Mission Houses Museum & Kawaiahao Church. Plz RT. Be there!

11/23/2011

Holiday Craft Fair returns to Mission Houses Museum THIS Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafts, food, music, parking.

There’s no better place to watch the Honolulu City Lights Parade than from the comfort of the grounds of Mission Houses ...
11/22/2011

There’s no better place to watch the Honolulu City Lights Parade than from the comfort of the grounds of Mission Houses Museum. Elevated just above the sidewalk, the grounds provides a perfect place from which to watch the parade. Don’t fight the crowds on the street.
Kick back, relax, and enjoy a variety of ono food, available for purchase on the grounds from Simply Delicious, Hula Shrimp, and Mission Houses Café. House tours and games for adults and children are available for your enjoyment as you wait for the parade to begin. Admission is $5.00 per person.
Parking will be available for $5.00 at Kawaiaha‘o Plaza, just to the Diamond Head side of the Mission Houses Museum.

Spookilau with Spooky Kine Investigations makes lucky 13!  See you tomorrow at 6PM for grinds and ghouls at the Mission ...
10/29/2011
The 13 Scariest Souls on O‘ahu

Spookilau with Spooky Kine Investigations makes lucky 13! See you tomorrow at 6PM for grinds and ghouls at the Mission Houses Museum!

Halloween / Since it’s not an election year, we decided to present you with the thirteen scariest people on the island. (Usually election-year Halloweens are scary enough without any help from us.) Granted, some of these people aren’t scary-looking, but the activities they engage in are kinda spooky...

Dive into the world of the paranormal as real world ghost hunters, Spooky Kine Investigators, share their equipment, tec...
10/07/2011

Dive into the world of the paranormal as real world ghost hunters, Spooky Kine Investigators, share their equipment, techniques, stories, and experiences at one of Hawai`i’s most historical sites, the Mission Houses Museum.

Spooky Kine Investigations is one of Hawaii’s premier ghost hunting & paranormal investigative groups whose goal it is to provide understanding of the paranormal through the application of scientific and cultural techniques and widely accepted investigative procedures.

Visitors will enjoy local foods from some of Honolulu’s most popular lunch trucks, presentations on the Mission Houses Museum with Dr. Thomas Woods, The Science of Ghosts, and Compositing Ghosts with Spooky Kine Investigators. Participate in two mini-investigations with actual ghost hunting equipment inside Hawai`i’s oldest house and nearby cemetery, and discuss Hawai`i’s Supernatural with guest Joe Punohu.

Spookilau sponsored by the Mission Houses Museum from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th, $10 admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.missionhouses.org.

Kick off your Holiday Season with the Mission Houses Museum and Kawaiaha'o Church at the Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday,...
09/09/2011

Kick off your Holiday Season with the Mission Houses Museum and Kawaiaha'o Church at the Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, November 26 at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at the Mission Houses Museum as we talk story with John Henry Felix and...
08/29/2011

Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at the Mission Houses Museum as we talk story with John Henry Felix and Danny Kaleikini!

08/19/2011
Night of the Living Dead

Great article on the recent "O`ahu Cemetery Pupu Theatre" from the Honolulu Weekly!

Instead, imagine a theater performance complete with costuming and a script. Sub the theatre for Hawaii’s most historic graveyard, and you get a production of morbid proportions.

Join us for this exciting event!  Seats going fast!  Call 447-3914 to make your reservations!MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM PRESE...
08/01/2011

Join us for this exciting event! Seats going fast! Call 447-3914 to make your reservations!

MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM PRESENTS “O`AHU CEMETERY PUPU THEATRE”

HONOLULU, HI – Mission Houses Museum’s O`ahu Cemetery Pupu Theatre provides a unique look into Hawai`i of old. Participants will listen to the first person account of a Hawaiian woman who fled to the remote valley of Kalalau on Kaua`i to escape being sent to Kalaupapa, and her family’s subsequent battle with military forces that resulted in the deaths of four men. Listen to a fireman who witnessed the attack on Hickam Field on December 7, 1941 and the deaths of three of his fellow fire fighters. Hear from a detective who worked on the tragic kidnap-murder case of a little Gil Jameison in 1928. Learn how a shipwreck survivor whose heroic journey of more than 1,300 miles in a small boat saved the lives of many men. And hear from Mary Dominis, the mother in-law of Queen Lili`uokalani, whose relationship was a tumultuous one, to say the least.

Attendees will enjoy beauty of the cemetery at sunset before making their way around the cemetery at night fall, stopping to listen to the true tales of the lives of the deceased from storytellers in period clothing.

Participants will then join cemetery historian, Nanette Napoleon, author of the book O`ahu Cemetery Burial Ground & Historic Site for a talk story session in the cemetery chapel. This will be followed by heavy pupus.

Mission Houses Museum’s O`ahu Cemetery Pupu Theatre is brought to you by the Mission Houses Museum, scheduled for Saturday, August 6th at 6:00 p.m., ending approximately at 8:30 p.m. Cost of participation is $60 per person with paid reservations required. For more information or to make reservations, please call Mission Houses Museum at 447-3914 or visit www.missionhouses.org.

Guests will be treated to Missionary Martinis or Tropical Tea under the trees at Mission Houses Museum while enjoying fa...
07/27/2011

Guests will be treated to Missionary Martinis or Tropical Tea under the trees at Mission Houses Museum while enjoying favorite Hawaiian tunes by George Kuo, Martin Pahinui and Aaron Mahi and browsing the silent auction. You will enjoy a dinner of local foods with fine wines or other beverages, as we celebrate Kamaka Ukulele and its contributions to Hawaiian music. After dinner, Makana will take the stage followed at 9 p.m. by the rocking sounds of Kapena. This musical evening will delight you and your guests and provide much needed funding for Mission Houses Museum’s education programs.

Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, as guest Elly Tepper, Hawai'i's Teacher of the Year in 2000, will present,...
07/20/2011

Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, as guest Elly Tepper, Hawai'i's Teacher of the Year in 2000, will present, "How I Met Tutu Pele"! This one is going to be hot!

MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM PRESENTS “O`AHU CEMETERY PUPU THEATRE”HONOLULU, HI – Mission Houses Museum’s O`ahu Cemetery Pupu T...
07/18/2011

MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM PRESENTS “O`AHU CEMETERY PUPU THEATRE”

HONOLULU, HI – Mission Houses Museum’s O`ahu Cemetery Pupu Theatre provides a unique look into Hawai`i of old. Participants will listen to the first person account of a Hawaiian woman who fled to the remote valley of Kalalau on Kaua`i to escape being sent to Kalaupapa, and her family’s subsequent battle with military forces that resulted in the deaths of four men. Listen to a fireman who witnessed the attack on Hickam Field on December 7, 1941 and the deaths of three of his fellow fire fighters. Hear from a detective who worked on the tragic kidnap-murder case of a little Gil Jameison in 1928. Learn how a shipwreck survivor whose heroic journey of more than 1,300 miles in a small boat saved the lives of many men. And hear from Mary Dominis, the mother in-law of Queen Lili`uokalani, whose relationship was a tumultuous one, to say the least.

Attendees will enjoy beauty of the cemetery at sunset before making their way around the cemetery at night fall, stopping to listen to the true tales of the lives of the deceased from storytellers in period clothing.

Participants will then join cemetery historian, Nanette Napoleon, author of the book O`ahu Cemetery Burial Ground & Historic Site for a talk story session in the cemetery chapel. This will be followed by heavy pupus.

Mission Houses Museum’s O`ahu Cemetery Pupu Theatre is brought to you by the Mission Houses Museum, scheduled for Saturday, August 6th at 6:00 p.m., ending approximately at 8:30 p.m. Cost of participation is $60 per person with paid reservations required. For more information or to make reservations, please call Mission Houses Museum at 447-3914 or visit www.missionhouses.org.

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Mission Houses Museum, located in Honolulu’s Historic Capitol District, is known worldwide as the place where the Hawaiian written language was developed in collaboration with the ali`i—the Hawaiian royalty—and the Hawaiian people. The museum preserves the two oldest documented houses in Hawai`i, which were built and used by missionaries in the early 19th century, and the largest collection of Hawaiian language books in the world.
For more information: www.missionhouses.org.

07/16/2011

Just a thank you to the wonderful people at Mission Houses Museum for a lovely party! Good luck with all the good work that is being done there. Honolulu is sooo lucky to have such a wonderful treasure. Elizabeth

Lyn Ford, presents "Home-Fried Tales", tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Mission Houses Museum!  Come down for some family st...
07/13/2011

Lyn Ford, presents "Home-Fried Tales", tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Mission Houses Museum! Come down for some family storytelling fun!

MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM PRESENTS “O`AHU CEMETERY PUPU THEATRE”HONOLULU, HI – Mission Houses Museum’s O`ahu Cemetery Pupu T...
07/11/2011

MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM PRESENTS “O`AHU CEMETERY PUPU THEATRE”

HONOLULU, HI – Mission Houses Museum’s O`ahu Cemetery Pupu Theatre provides a unique look into Hawai`i of old. Participants will listen to the first person account of a Hawaiian woman who fled to the remote valley of Kalalau on Kaua`i to escape being sent to Kalaupapa, and her family’s subsequent battle with military forces that resulted in the deaths of four men. Listen to a fireman who witnessed the attack on Hickam Field on December 7, 1941 and the deaths of three of his fellow fire fighters. Hear from a detective who worked on the tragic kidnap-murder case of a little Gil Jameison in 1928. Learn how a shipwreck survivor whose heroic journey of more than 1,300 miles in a small boat saved the lives of many men. And hear from Mary Dominis, the mother in-law of Queen Lili`uokalani, whose relationship was a tumultuous one, to say the least.

Attendees will enjoy beauty of the cemetery at sunset before making their way around the cemetery at night fall, stopping to listen to the true tales of the lives of the deceased from storytellers in period clothing.

Participants will then join cemetery historian, Nanette Napoleon, author of the book O`ahu Cemetery Burial Ground & Historic Site for a talk story session in the cemetery chapel. This will be followed by heavy pupus.

Mission Houses Museum’s O`ahu Cemetery Pupu Theatre is brought to you by the Mission Houses Museum, scheduled for Saturday, August 6th at 6:00 p.m., ending approximately at 8:30 p.m. Cost of participation is $60 per person with paid reservations required. For more information or to make reservations, please call Mission Houses Museum at 447-3914 or visit www.missionhouses.org.

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Mission Houses Museum, located in Honolulu’s Historic Capitol District, is known worldwide as the place where the Hawaiian written language was developed in collaboration with the ali`i—the Hawaiian royalty—and the Hawaiian people. The museum preserves the two oldest documented houses in Hawai`i, which were built and used by missionaries in the early 19th century, and the largest collection of Hawaiian language books in the world.
For more information: www.missionhouses.org.

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07/06/2011

July Fourth Weekend Pa'ina

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