Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives Guided Tours: 11 am, 12pm (noon), 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Cost:$12 Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, located in Honolulu’s Historic Capitol District, is the leading authority on Protestant missionary history in Hawaiʻi, and is known worldwide as the place where the Hawaiian written language was developed through the collaborative efforts of the missionaries, the ali‘i—the Hawaiian royalty—and the Hawaiian people.
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It preserves the two oldest documented houses in Hawai‘i, which were built and used by missionaries in the early nineteenth century, and the largest collection of Hawaiian language books in the world. Let's be friends, follow us: @missionhouses For more information: www.missionhouses.org.

Operating as usual

We are so excited to be filming more history theatre portrayals for virtual school programs! Today we filmed portrayals ...
11/15/2020

We are so excited to be filming more history theatre portrayals for virtual school programs! Today we filmed portrayals of Samuel Kamakau (Albert Ueligitone) and David Malo (Moses Goods).
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Keep an eye on our gift shop, both in person and online, for those special one-of-a-kind holiday presents this year.  Ha...
11/07/2020

Keep an eye on our gift shop, both in person and online, for those special one-of-a-kind holiday presents this year. Hawaii's oldest and finest craft fair is going virtual through a special sale in our gift shop.

We are happy to continue to support local small businesses and artisans this holiday season as we have for the last 48 years with our holiday craft sale!

Stay tuned for more as we get closer to November 27!

Today we are highlighting our transcriber on the HEA Name Files Project, Sarah(Tamashiro) Kuaiwa. Sarah was born and rai...
11/06/2020

Today we are highlighting our transcriber on the HEA Name Files Project, Sarah(Tamashiro) Kuaiwa.
Sarah was born and raised in ‘Aiea in the Kona district of O’ahu. Kuaiwa completed her B.A. cm laude in Art History and Visual Arts from Occidental College (Los Angeles, Calif.) She received her M.A. in History from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (Honolulu, Hawaiʻi) with a focus in Hawaiian History. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Hawaiian Art History at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) where she is the Robert Sainsbury Scholar at the Sainsbury Research Unit. Her research focuses on Hawaiian fashion economics and social history. She is also a professional genealogist. Kuaiwa’s Master’s research focused on Hawaiian Christianities and the establishment of the Anglican Church in Hawai’i. She looks forward to learning about the Congregationalist faith in the islands
as it relates to her Ph.D. research, in particular fashion, women’s work and education. Kuaiwa is excited by the project because a number of individuals who have correspondence folders in the HEA files are kamaʻāina [familiar] to her.

We would like to thank Sarah for all of the work she has done thus far on this project.

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This week, we will be highlighting some of our transcriber team members who are part of the HEA Name Files Project who h...
11/05/2020

This week, we will be highlighting some of our transcriber team members who are part of the HEA Name Files Project who have been working diligently to transcribe letters in English and in 'Ōlelo Hawai’i.

Mauliola Watson was born in Līhuʻe on the island of Kauaʻi and currently resides in Honolulu. He received his B.A. in Business Administration in Management at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (Honolulu, Hawaiʻi). Watson has previously worked
with Dr. Noelani Arista, Hawaiian Historian and Lead Researcher on the HEA Project,on a database management project involving the transcription of kanikau (chants of mourning). Watson is interested in this project to develop a deeper understanding of the discourse in Hawaiʻi’s history. 

We would like to thank Mauliola for all the work he has done on this project so far!

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Exciting and busy day on the mauka side of the site... the last shingles are going on the roof of the hale! Some more wo...
10/29/2020

Exciting and busy day on the mauka side of the site... the last shingles are going on the roof of the hale! Some more work to do on corners and landscaping, but this is a major step. Mahalo piha to Uncles Earl Kawaʻa and Dwight Kauahikaua, Director of Operations and Collections Elizabeth Poʻoloa, Kinai ʻEha, all the Board members past and present and the supporters like you who have made this possible!

Kahu and Trustee Hailama Farden also made a cameo across the fence. The makai side of our site was less exciting, but still active—new copier/printer delivered. Old meets new at Hawaiian Mission Houses today. 🌺

This weeks team member highlight from the HEA Name Files Project is our Lead Researcher Dr. Noelani Arista. Dr. Arista i...
10/29/2020

This weeks team member highlight from the HEA Name Files Project is our Lead Researcher Dr. Noelani Arista. Dr. Arista is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawaiʻi, specializing in the history of Hawaiʻi and US. Her first book, The Kingdom and the Republic: Sovereign Hawaiʻi and the Early United States drew upon Hawaiian and English language documents in order to reconfigure a familiar colonial history of trade, proselytization and negotiations over law and governance in Hawaiʻi. Her work is sigifnicant for providing methods for how to research in Hawaiian language textual sources, disrupting the historiography of early Hawaiian encounter between missionaries, sailors, traders, aliʻi and Hawaiian people. Her book was awarded the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Best First Book Award in 2020. Hawaiian Mission Houses members will recognize Dr. Arista as a featured scholar in our 2019 New England tour commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Pioneer Company of missionaries’ departure. 
When asked about this project, Dr. Arista said: “The current IMLS project provides another opportunity for me to work with archivists and students to familiarize ourselves with the HEA papers, to transcribe, organize and contribute biographical and subject heading content to improve access to the rich Hawaiian language archival collections held by the Hawaiian Mission Houses Archives.”

We would all like to thank Dr. Arista for the tremendous work she has done to bring our team together, and the work she continues to do on this project.

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The 49th Annual Hawaiian Mission Houses Holiday Craft Fair will be going virtual this year!  From November 26,2020 to Ja...
10/23/2020

The 49th Annual Hawaiian Mission Houses Holiday Craft Fair will be going virtual this year! From November 26,2020 to January 10, 2021, local crafters and artisans will be selling their special holiday gift items through our onsite and online gift shop. Keep an eye on our social media and our website, www.missionhouses.org, for more information as we get closer to the holiday season!

This week’s HEA Name Files Project highlight is Carol Silva! Carol brings her vast experience in the field of Archives, ...
10/22/2020

This week’s HEA Name Files Project highlight is Carol Silva! Carol brings her vast experience in the field of Archives, Library and Information Science. She worked as a managing Archivist at the Hawaii State Archives for many years and has researched and written numerous reports on aspects of history and culture. As a Hawaiian Language speaker and with her experience as a writer Carole has translated and interpreted 19th and 20th century documents. She also teaches ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi classes in the community. Carol is not only helping HMH organize the 1000+ files, she is also helping evaluate the digital files to ensure accurate representation of the collection. Carol’s knowledge and passion for this work are essential to the continuation of this project and we want to thank her for all of the work she continues to do on this project. Her contribution is priceless.

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To highlight the many talented people working on the HEA Names Files Project, we are starting a series of posts introduc...
10/22/2020

To highlight the many talented people working on the HEA Names Files Project, we are starting a series of posts introducing our team! This week, we highlight Marilyn Reppun, a consultant working on the project and former Head Librarian at the Hawaiian Mission Houses. Marilyn is truly an invaluable resource on this project. Her wealth of expertise and experience in Library and Information Science help tremendously in organizing 1000+ files and creating detailed metadata, and preparing materials for our transcribers. Her knowledge of the Hawaiian Language and 19th and 20th-century Hawaiian History are paramount to this project. We want to thank her for all of the work she continues to do to make this collection organized and accessible to all for years to come.

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Every now and then we have an exciting find in the archives. This week Librarian Kelsey Karsin found the books her Grand...
10/20/2020

Every now and then we have an exciting find in the archives. This week Librarian Kelsey Karsin found the books her Grandfather wrote in the HMH collections. She said “I don’t know why I didn’t check sooner! I knew he wrote books about Hawaiʻi during the 1940’s/50’s, but I didn’t realize HMH had all four of the books in the collections! My grandfather, Clarence Hodge, got a job in Hawaiʻi before WWII writing articles for the Star Bulletin and the Advertiser. He wrote these books about the US military’s presence in Hawaiʻi and Hawaiian commerce. I never got to meet him, so finding his books in our collections was a nice way to pay homage to him!”

We're open for in person tours! Tours are available Tuesday,  Friday,  and Saturday! Book today at www.missionhouses.org...
10/16/2020

We're open for in person tours! Tours are available Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday! Book today at www.missionhouses.org!

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We welcomed three classes from Hawai‘i Pacific University on a virtual tour. We continue to offer our regular K-12 field...
10/15/2020

We welcomed three classes from Hawai‘i Pacific University on a virtual tour. We continue to offer our regular K-12 field trips virtually while we expand our curriculum.

Scholarships are available, so tell your keiki’s teacher!
Mahalo to the National Endowment for the Humanities for funding this project.
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We are very excited to have Ami Mulligan join the HMH staff as HEA Project Coordinator for our IMLS Native Hawaiian Libr...
10/13/2020

We are very excited to have Ami Mulligan join the HMH staff as HEA Project Coordinator for our IMLS Native Hawaiian Library Services award! Ami is a talented scholar and we are thrilled to have her onboard! In addition to working on this grant project Ami is a 4th year Hawaiian language student, a Genealogist and a PHD Student at UH focusing on late 19th and 20th century Hawai'i and Hawaiian history (particularly focusing on race, labor and gender), U.S. Social/Cultural, U.S. Foreign Relations and Public History (visual and material culture and historic preservation). We know Ami will be an invaluable asset to this project!

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Mahalo to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for this flashback to Candlelight Christmas 1971!
10/13/2020

Mahalo to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for this flashback to Candlelight Christmas 1971!

Hawaiian Mission Houses annual craft fair will be reimagined and be  going virtual this year. Stay tuned for more inform...
10/10/2020

Hawaiian Mission Houses annual craft fair will be reimagined and be going virtual this year. Stay tuned for more information and check our website www.missionhouses.org for more updates. #shoplocal #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #shopaloha #craftfair #virtualcraftfair

Mahalo to the Hawaii Council for the Humanities for featuring HMH at the Mālama Our History Community Speaker Series! We...
10/10/2020

Mahalo to the Hawaii Council for the Humanities for featuring HMH at the Mālama Our History Community Speaker Series! We featured our digital resources for students and teachers including our archives, connecting with history webpage, history theatre program, and our new curriculum!
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One of our signature programs, ​History Theatre,​ uses primary archival resources to create engaging scripts of signific...
10/09/2020

One of our signature programs, ​History Theatre,​ uses primary archival resources to create engaging scripts of significant historical figures. Historical portrayals such as: David Malo, John Papa Ī‘ī, Emma Nakuina, Emma Nāwahī, and Henry ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia can livestream with your class via Zoom. Contact HMH for the full list, as well as other options to access these performances.

BOOK YOUR VIRTUAL DISTANCE LEARNING EXPERIENCE NOW!
Please Contact School Programs Coordinator,
Yvonne Manipon​ ​[email protected]

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Did you know our Film Negatives collection has 1000s of photos of 19th and 20th century Hawaii? You can see other photos...
10/08/2020

Did you know our Film Negatives collection has 1000s of photos of 19th and 20th century Hawaii? You can see other photos like this and more in our Film Negatives collection on our Digital Collections website https://hmha.missionhouses.org

Happening Now! Hawaii Children & Youth Day. Hawaiian Mission Houses is participating.
10/04/2020

Happening Now! Hawaii Children & Youth Day. Hawaiian Mission Houses is participating.

Come visit our booth at the Virtual Children and Youth day fair tomorrow between 10am and 3pm!  Register for the virtual...
10/04/2020

Come visit our booth at the Virtual Children and Youth day fair tomorrow between 10am and 3pm!
Register for the virtual event at: https://cyd2020.vfairs.com/en

See you tomorrow!

Scanning continues as we work to digitize 1000s of letters in the Hawaiian Evangelical Association name files. We are st...
10/03/2020

Scanning continues as we work to digitize 1000s of letters in the Hawaiian Evangelical Association name files. We are still so grateful to @us_imls for funding our continuation of this project.

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Hawaiian Mission Houses tours (by appointment) and gift shop are open to the public again!! We are resuming the limited ...
10/02/2020

Hawaiian Mission Houses tours (by appointment) and gift shop are open to the public again!!

We are resuming the limited tour schedule, for groups up to 4:
Tuesdays and Fridays 11am and 1pm
& Saturdays 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

The gift shop is open Tuesdays and Fridays 10:30am-2:30 pm and Saturdays 10:30am-3pm. The online store is also still available anytime.

Visit http://www.missionhouses.org/ to book your tours and learn about all Hawaiian Mission Houses has to offer! With all safety precautions in place, we're excited to have you back on-site!

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Mahalo for supporting our School Programs at Huaka'i this year!  Check out our virtual field trips and history theatre p...
10/01/2020

Mahalo for supporting our School Programs at Huaka'i this year! Check out our virtual field trips and history theatre portrayals.

The HMCS library is now taking researcher appointments again! Research visits by appointment only are now available, fro...
09/29/2020

The HMCS library is now taking researcher appointments again! Research visits by appointment only are now available, from 9am-12pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Please note we are not accepting walk-in research at this time and contact [email protected] to book an appointment.

Thank you to everyone for a great Huaka’i week! Mahalo especially to Bloom by Place, Kau Kau Box, and Chef Chai for the ...
09/29/2020

Thank you to everyone for a great Huaka’i week!

Mahalo especially to Bloom by Place, Kau Kau Box, and Chef Chai for the amazing arrangements and food for our Saturday night virtual event, and to everyone who participated in our Online Auction.

Saturday we had members from Kauaʻi, Maui, Hawaiʻi Island, and across Oahu on a massive Zoom. So fun! Mahalo to Puamana and Moses Goods for virtual performances.

And we made our donation match for Virtual Field Trips! Mahalo nui for your support!

We look forward to seeing everyone back onsite now that we’ve reopened, and thank you for supporting Hawaiian Mission Houses and this year’s Huaka’i!! 🌺

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Huaka’i Online Auction closes at 3:00 HST today! Special challenge match: donors will match your donations up to $5,100 ...
09/27/2020

Huaka’i Online Auction closes at 3:00 HST today! Special challenge match: donors will match your donations up to $5,100 to make Virtual Field Trips free. We need just 34 PEOPLE to give $125 to make this match happen! Won’t you be one today? Click Item #37 “Sponsor a Virtual Field Trip” in the auction, then get back to bidding on all your favorite items and experiences. We can give free tours to over 2,800 students if we can hit this goal!!

https://hmhsilentauction2020.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse

It’s Huaka’i day!Those of you with tickets, we’ll “see” you virtually tonight. The Huaka’i Online Auction is open to eve...
09/27/2020

It’s Huaka’i day!

Those of you with tickets, we’ll “see” you virtually tonight. The Huaka’i Online Auction is open to everyone for a little over 24 more hours. New items posted yesterday and today.

https://hmhsilentauction2020.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse

Thank you for supporting Hawaiian Mission Houses and our education programs!

09/25/2020
Here's what our teachers are saying about our School Programs at the Hawaiian Mission Houses

Here's what our teachers are saying about our School Programs...

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Assistance, please. Please read. 1972 and prior photographs of Hauula, Oahu's Kekala Kolololio Alligator Pond beach. Take a look at your old photographs. Reward or donation to your favorite charity if we can get a dated photograph of our house showing our sea wall 1972 or prior. Many, many thanks.
: SILENT AUCTION OPEN from September 19-27! Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives #supportschoolfieldtrips #2020huakai #2020silentauction : Bid on this beautiful painting of the Mission Houses by local artist Mark Brown :CLICK BELOW https://hmhsilentauction2020.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse?fbclid=IwAR0nByx979UvqFQUVO0neMAuuIY-TKvlGyQByGH3keRouKNBq11usncsJho
: SILENT AUCTION OPEN from September 19-27! Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives #supportschoolfieldtrips #2020huakai #2020silentauction : Bid on this beautiful painting of the Mission Houses by local artist Mark Brown :CLICK BELOW https://hmhsilentauction2020.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse
: SILENT AUCTION OPEN from September 19-27! Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives #supportschoolfieldtrips #2020huakai #2020silentauction : Bid on this beautiful painting made onsite at Hawaiian Mission Houses by local artist, Mark Brown! #marknbrownfineart CLICK BELOW https://hmhsilentauction2020.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse
Had a very nice tour with historian Mike yesterday. We will be back.
We attended the Mele no Kalākaua last night, and it was the highlight of our trip to Oahu! Such fantastic musicians and dancers! My jaw dropped when Kalei Gamaio and Lopaka Colon went onstage! I'm a huge fan and recent ukulele player, and the quality and variety of the Mele performers was phenomenal. I'd return to Hawaii yearly just to attend this event! A big thank you to the organizers! The mission house tour was cool. The gift shop had lovely items, and I bought a beautiful tile for a gift. The two food truck-type offerings were authentic and delicious, and the vendors had nice items. Yes, I read Michener's Hawaii years ago so it was fascinating to see living history. Mahalo!
The Mele no Liliu'okalani this past Saturday was another wonderful event hosted by the Hawaiian Mission Houses. It was particularly exceptional to be able to enjoy some of the Queen's hymns sung by the Children's Choir in Kawaiha'o Church as the acoustics were amazing, along with the talent of the children in the choir. Looking forward to the next in the Mele Series on November 16th.
Being a descendant of missionaries here In Hawai’i I truly appreciate being part of this tour today and you realize that without the help and the amazing leadership in the islands we would not be enjoying what we have today.
Can't wait!
Very informative tour today at the Mission Houses Museum. So glad I stopped by!
This is going to be such an awesome night! Don't miss it!
Happy new year!