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:
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For more information: www.missionhouses.org.

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Are you getting excited?  We are getting excited for the only outdoor Shakespeare on O`ahu -- Hawaii Shakespeare Festiva...
07/30/2021

Are you getting excited? We are getting excited for the only outdoor Shakespeare on O`ahu -- Hawaii Shakespeare Festival's Henry IV, Part 1, directed by Tony Pisculli! Performances will be August 13, 14, 19, 20, 21.

You can get your tickets for this live outdoor theater experience at www.missionhouses.org

Come enjoy Shakespeare under the stars and palm trees of our outdoor stage!

(Synopsis) Hawaii Shakespeare Festival's 20th season concludes with Shakespeare’s most beloved (and most accessible) history play, the action-adventure Henry IV, Part One, directed by Tony Pisculli and featuring (in HSF tradition) an all-woman cast.

In this second “episode” of Shakespeare’s epic, eight-play history cycle, Prince Hal vies for his father’s respect against his foil, the noble rebel Hotspur, and his outrageous surrogate father, Falstaff. Starring Kelsey Baehrens as Hotspur, and Eden Lee Murray reprising the role of Falstaff (from last season’s Merry Wives of Windsor).

Pisculli is Artistic Director of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, has won multiple awards for directing and fight choreography, and has directed over 20 shows for HSF including Henry IV, Part Two; Henry V; Henry VI and Richard III.

Performances will be live, in-person at Hawaiian Mission Houses (following CDC guidelines).

For more information on the cast visit www.hawaiishakes.org

Are you getting excited? We are getting excited for the only outdoor Shakespeare on O`ahu -- Hawaii Shakespeare Festival's Henry IV, Part 1, directed by Tony Pisculli! Performances will be August 13, 14, 19, 20, 21.

You can get your tickets for this live outdoor theater experience at www.missionhouses.org

Come enjoy Shakespeare under the stars and palm trees of our outdoor stage!

(Synopsis) Hawaii Shakespeare Festival's 20th season concludes with Shakespeare’s most beloved (and most accessible) history play, the action-adventure Henry IV, Part One, directed by Tony Pisculli and featuring (in HSF tradition) an all-woman cast.

In this second “episode” of Shakespeare’s epic, eight-play history cycle, Prince Hal vies for his father’s respect against his foil, the noble rebel Hotspur, and his outrageous surrogate father, Falstaff. Starring Kelsey Baehrens as Hotspur, and Eden Lee Murray reprising the role of Falstaff (from last season’s Merry Wives of Windsor).

Pisculli is Artistic Director of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, has won multiple awards for directing and fight choreography, and has directed over 20 shows for HSF including Henry IV, Part Two; Henry V; Henry VI and Richard III.

Performances will be live, in-person at Hawaiian Mission Houses (following CDC guidelines).

For more information on the cast visit www.hawaiishakes.org

This week, we came across a booklet entitled "Kumumua" in the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society Library (HMCSL) Hawaii...
07/29/2021

This week, we came across a booklet entitled "Kumumua" in the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society Library (HMCSL) Hawaiian Language Imprints collection. Printed in 1843, this children's primer was written in 'Ōlelo Hawai'i and features images that look similar to the structures on the Hawaiian Mission Houses campus. Mahalo to Carol Silva for translating this poetic explanation of a hale pili. Swipe to see more images from the book.

This is a thatched house
It is common to this chain
of islands
It was constructed and is tall
It is such that is does not leak
At the gable is its window
The Thatched house can be
damaged in a rain
If there is no maintenance or
care, the house collapses
And such is it with the
bodily abodes of ours.

The house and the feather
The house is large. A wooden house. A permanent house.
Many are the windows.
A feather of the bird.

To see other Hawaiian Language Imprints and more, please go to our digital collections website (link in bio).

#ōlelohawaiʻi #primers #hawaiianlanguage #carolsilva #hawaiianlanguageimprintscollection #hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsldigitalcollections #hmcslbooks #hawaiianmissionhouses #HImissionhouses @hmcslibrary

Today’s photo highlight is a photo of the Board of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association (HEA) circa 1901. This photo is ...
07/26/2021

Today’s photo highlight is a photo of the Board of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association (HEA) circa 1901. This photo is in our film negatives collection and relates to our grant project where we are digitizing and transcribing the HEA Names File collection. Many of the letters in that collection are to and from the Board of the HEA to pastors all over the Islands.

To see the HEA Names files and more of our photo collections, check out our digital collections link in our bio.

#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsldigitalcollections #hawaiianmissionhouses #HImissionhouses #IMLS #HawaiianEvangelicalAssociation #HEANamesFileCollectionProject #IMLSGrant #moolelomatters #ōlelohawaii
@us_imls @hmcslibrary

Today’s photo highlight is a photo of the Board of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association (HEA) circa 1901. This photo is in our film negatives collection and relates to our grant project where we are digitizing and transcribing the HEA Names File collection. Many of the letters in that collection are to and from the Board of the HEA to pastors all over the Islands.

To see the HEA Names files and more of our photo collections, check out our digital collections link in our bio.

#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsldigitalcollections #hawaiianmissionhouses #HImissionhouses #IMLS #HawaiianEvangelicalAssociation #HEANamesFileCollectionProject #IMLSGrant #moolelomatters #ōlelohawaii
@us_imls @hmcslibrary

Gift Shop Featured Item:Nā Kahu: Portraits of Native Hawaiian Pastors at Home and Abroad, 1820-1900 by Nancy J. Morris a...
07/24/2021

Gift Shop Featured Item:

Nā Kahu: Portraits of Native Hawaiian Pastors at Home and Abroad, 1820-1900 by Nancy J. Morris and Robert Benedetto

Tracing the lives of some two hundred Native Hawaiian teachers, preachers, pastors, and missionaries, Nā Kahu provides new historical perspectives of the indigenous ministry in Hawai’i. These Christian emissaries were affiliated first with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and later with the Hawaiian Evangelical Association. By the mid-1850s literate and committed Hawaiians were sailing to far reaches of the Pacific to join worldwide missionary endeavors.
 
The first part of the book presents the biographies of nineteen young Hawaiians, studying as messengers of Christianity in the remote New England town of Cornwall, Connecticut, along with “heathen” from other lands. The second part-the core of the book-moves to Hawai’i, tracing the careers of pastors and missionaries, as well as recognizing their intellectual and political endeavors. 

On sale now for $49.99!
Regular Price $62.00

Click the link in the bio to shop now or go to: https://www.missionhouses.org/product/na-kahu-portraits-of-native-hawaiian-pastors-at-home-and-abroad-1820-1900/

Gift Shop Featured Item:

Nā Kahu: Portraits of Native Hawaiian Pastors at Home and Abroad, 1820-1900 by Nancy J. Morris and Robert Benedetto

Tracing the lives of some two hundred Native Hawaiian teachers, preachers, pastors, and missionaries, Nā Kahu provides new historical perspectives of the indigenous ministry in Hawai’i. These Christian emissaries were affiliated first with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and later with the Hawaiian Evangelical Association. By the mid-1850s literate and committed Hawaiians were sailing to far reaches of the Pacific to join worldwide missionary endeavors.
 
The first part of the book presents the biographies of nineteen young Hawaiians, studying as messengers of Christianity in the remote New England town of Cornwall, Connecticut, along with “heathen” from other lands. The second part-the core of the book-moves to Hawai’i, tracing the careers of pastors and missionaries, as well as recognizing their intellectual and political endeavors. 

On sale now for $49.99!
Regular Price $62.00

Click the link in the bio to shop now or go to: https://www.missionhouses.org/product/na-kahu-portraits-of-native-hawaiian-pastors-at-home-and-abroad-1820-1900/

Today’s photo is from our daguerreotype collection and is a picture is of Waineʻe Church on Maui, circa 1850. This photo...
07/22/2021

Today’s photo is from our daguerreotype collection and is a picture is of Waineʻe Church on Maui, circa 1850. This photo is one of the only photos of this particular church on Maui, as it was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1894. Today it is the site of Waiola Church and the graveyard is the final resting place for many early members of the Hawaiian Royal Family of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

#waineechurch #waiolachurch #maui #daguerreotype
#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsldigitalcollections #hmcslphotographs #hawaiianmissionhouses #HImissionhouses @hmcslibrary

Today’s photo is from our daguerreotype collection and is a picture is of Waineʻe Church on Maui, circa 1850. This photo is one of the only photos of this particular church on Maui, as it was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1894. Today it is the site of Waiola Church and the graveyard is the final resting place for many early members of the Hawaiian Royal Family of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

#waineechurch #waiolachurch #maui #daguerreotype
#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsldigitalcollections #hmcslphotographs #hawaiianmissionhouses #HImissionhouses @hmcslibrary

We're so thankful to be able to host in-person live events again!  We have lots coming up in August!August 13, 14, 19-21...
07/20/2021

We're so thankful to be able to host in-person live events again! We have lots coming up in August!

August 13, 14, 19-21 -- In-person production of Henry IV, Part 1 by Hawaii Shakespeare Festival on our Kahua Ho`okipa Stage! Livestreaming available as well. Get your tickets at http://www.hawaiishakes.org/tickets.htm

August 24 -- 12pm to 1pm -- Archives and Inquiry Virtual Speaker Series featuring Paul Morgan of Suzuki Morgan Architects will focus on about the evolution of the 1821 Mission House through its different iterations starting with the construction and use as a communal mission station, into its use as a private residence and finally its transition into a museum exhibit. Focus will be on the additions & demolitions with their uses in the mission period, the various renovations during its life as a private home, and preservation efforts during the final museum exhibit period touching on changes in preservation thinking over time.

Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 837 7810 1516
Passcode: Archives

August 25 and August 26 -- Tours available at 11am and 1pm. We are eagerly anticipating the return of Wednesday and Thursday tours at 11am and 1pm. Make your reservation today at https://www.missionhouses.org/tours-and-programs/

August 26 -- Rebroadcast of Archives and Inquiry Virtual Speaker Series featuring Paul Morgan.

August 27 -- 5:30pm to 7pm -- Special History Theatre featuring portrayals of Clarissa Lyman Richards and Charles Montague Cooke, Sr. that will focus on life in the Hale Pili O Na Mikanele in the 1820s and life in the 1821 Mission House.
For more information go to www.missionhouses.org

August 28 -- 10am to 3pm -- Family Day Open House
Come tour our historic houses, including the 1821 House to celebrate its 200th birthday! Family activities and a performance by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band from 11am to 12:30pm.

August 28 -- 5:30pm to 7pm -- Special History Theatre featuring portrayals of Clarissa Lyman Richards and Charles Montague Cooke, Sr. that will focus on life in the Hale Pili O Na Mikanele in the 1820s and life in the 1821 Mission House.
For more information go to www.missionhouses.org

Mark your calendars for next monthʻs discussion sponsored by the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, "He...
07/19/2021

Mark your calendars for next monthʻs discussion sponsored by the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, "He Lau Nā Moʻolelo: The Hawaiian Evangelical Association Names File Collection Project - Updates and Conversations with the Project Team." This presentation will provide updates on the project and create a space for current team members and the community to engage in dialogue.

#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsldigitalcollections #hawaiianmissionhouses #HImissionhouses #IMLS #HEANamesFileCollectionProject #IMLSGrant #moolelomatters #ōlelohawaii @noelaniarista @amimalie13
@us_imls @hmcslibrary

Mark your calendars for next monthʻs discussion sponsored by the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, "He Lau Nā Moʻolelo: The Hawaiian Evangelical Association Names File Collection Project - Updates and Conversations with the Project Team." This presentation will provide updates on the project and create a space for current team members and the community to engage in dialogue.

#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsldigitalcollections #hawaiianmissionhouses #HImissionhouses #IMLS #HEANamesFileCollectionProject #IMLSGrant #moolelomatters #ōlelohawaii @noelaniarista @amimalie13
@us_imls @hmcslibrary

Henry Obookiah (‘Ōpūkaha’ia) was one of the driving forces behind the missionary presence in Hawaii, as we learn in Chri...
07/17/2021

Henry Obookiah (‘Ōpūkaha’ia) was one of the driving forces behind the missionary presence in Hawaii, as we learn in Christopher L. Cook’s The Providential Life and Heritage of Henry Obookiah: Why Did Missionaries Come to Hawaii from New England and Tahiti? (2015). His book is an expansion and exploration of the 1818 book Memoirs of Henry Obookiah: A Native of Owhyhee.
 
Cook based his narrative on primary research and interviews with family and descendants. The biography is scholarly and densely written, with meticulous detail. It is not for the casual reader; it is intended for those with a scholarly interest in Hawaiian history and early foreign Christian missions from New England. It is as much about the changing world around Obookiah as it was about Obookiah himself, illustrated with historical drawings, photographs, maps, excerpts, and quotes.

Click the link in the bio to shop now or go to : https://www.missionhouses.org/product/the-providential-life-heritage-of-henry-obookiah/

Henry Obookiah (‘Ōpūkaha’ia) was one of the driving forces behind the missionary presence in Hawaii, as we learn in Christopher L. Cook’s The Providential Life and Heritage of Henry Obookiah: Why Did Missionaries Come to Hawaii from New England and Tahiti? (2015). His book is an expansion and exploration of the 1818 book Memoirs of Henry Obookiah: A Native of Owhyhee.
 
Cook based his narrative on primary research and interviews with family and descendants. The biography is scholarly and densely written, with meticulous detail. It is not for the casual reader; it is intended for those with a scholarly interest in Hawaiian history and early foreign Christian missions from New England. It is as much about the changing world around Obookiah as it was about Obookiah himself, illustrated with historical drawings, photographs, maps, excerpts, and quotes.

Click the link in the bio to shop now or go to : https://www.missionhouses.org/product/the-providential-life-heritage-of-henry-obookiah/

We recently got some of the HMCS Library microfilm digitized as part of an IMLS grant. We starting to upload it on our w...
07/14/2021

We recently got some of the HMCS Library microfilm digitized as part of an IMLS grant. We starting to upload it on our website and we now some of the Church Records collection available to view. Pictured is a scan of a list children baptized from the Kaluaaha Church on Molokai from 1855. Click the link in our bio to see this collection and more!

#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsldigitalcollections #hawaiianmissionhouses #HImissionhouses #IMLS #HEANamesChurchRecordsCollection #IMLSGrant #moolelomatters #ōlelohawaii #kaluaahachurch #molokai #genealogy
@us_imls @hmcslibrary

We recently got some of the HMCS Library microfilm digitized as part of an IMLS grant. We starting to upload it on our website and we now some of the Church Records collection available to view. Pictured is a scan of a list children baptized from the Kaluaaha Church on Molokai from 1855. Click the link in our bio to see this collection and more!

#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsldigitalcollections #hawaiianmissionhouses #HImissionhouses #IMLS #HEANamesChurchRecordsCollection #IMLSGrant #moolelomatters #ōlelohawaii #kaluaahachurch #molokai #genealogy
@us_imls @hmcslibrary

Mahalo nui loa to all of our volunteers who helped out a Cemetery Pupu Theatre "A Decade of Living History" in June.  Wh...
07/13/2021

Mahalo nui loa to all of our volunteers who helped out a Cemetery Pupu Theatre "A Decade of Living History" in June. What a fun and gracious group of friends of the Hawaiian Mission Houses.

#NEHcares #HIHumanitiescares @NEHgov @HIH#NEHcares #HIHumanitiescares @NEHgov @HIH#IMLSgrantumanities
#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcs #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsdigitalarchives #Himissionhouses #HImissionhouses #missionhouses #hihmh #hihmcs #hihmcslibrary #historicsites #historichouses #historicgrounds #history #hawaii #hawaiianislands

Mahalo nui loa to all of our volunteers who helped out a Cemetery Pupu Theatre "A Decade of Living History" in June. What a fun and gracious group of friends of the Hawaiian Mission Houses.

#NEHcares #HIHumanitiescares @NEHgov @HIH#NEHcares #HIHumanitiescares @NEHgov @HIH#IMLSgrantumanities
#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcs #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsdigitalarchives #Himissionhouses #HImissionhouses #missionhouses #hihmh #hihmcs #hihmcslibrary #historicsites #historichouses #historicgrounds #history #hawaii #hawaiianislands

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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.
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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!