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:$10
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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. 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.

Yesterday the Hawaiian Caucus of the State Legislature commemorated 200 years of Christianity in Hawai’i. In both the Ho...
02/15/2020

Yesterday the Hawaiian Caucus of the State Legislature commemorated 200 years of Christianity in Hawai’i. In both the House and the Senate, legislators read aloud biographies of Hiram Bingham, Betsey Stockton, and Lorenzo Lyons, and gave certificates of recognition to Hawaiian Mission Houses, Peter Young (representing Rev. Bingham and a Bingham descendant), Rev. Dr. George Scott (representing Ms. Stockton), and Nola Nahulu (representing Rev. Lyons). Mahalo nui to the Hawaiian Caucus and all the legislators for a special day!

The Printing Press is a favorite among tour goers @hawaiian_mission_houses #printingpress #doxology #hawaiianalphabet
02/14/2020

The Printing Press is a favorite among tour goers @hawaiian_mission_houses #printingpress #doxology #hawaiianalphabet

Hawaiian & Missionary Games and Candle making with Likelike elementary...
02/13/2020

Hawaiian & Missionary Games and Candle making with Likelike elementary...

A little rain (or intermittent downpouring) never stop these hardworking guys getting that flashing and thatching up!! P...
02/11/2020

A little rain (or intermittent downpouring) never stop these hardworking guys getting that flashing and thatching up!! Plus here’s a timeless Kumu Earl #’ikeoftheday: “Do the work well the first time, then no need to do the work twice”. 🧐🛠



#haleonamikanele #lifelessons #nativeexcellence #kawaapowered #kauahikauapowered #kinaiehapowered #almostpau

Mahalo to Pastor Dan and Pastor Jenny for inviting our History Theatre program to be a part of the blessing and dedicati...
02/10/2020

Mahalo to Pastor Dan and Pastor Jenny for inviting our History Theatre program to be a part of the blessing and dedication of your new church. William Kanui, portrayed by William Ha'o, told his story of coming home to Hawai'i with the first company of missionaries in 1820.

Hawaiian Mission Houses, meet Hollywood! Filming for a documentary on Kawaiahaʻo Church and the origins of the Mission h...
02/09/2020

Hawaiian Mission Houses, meet Hollywood! Filming for a documentary on Kawaiahaʻo Church and the origins of the Mission has been going on all year, including during “Hawaiʻi Week in New England” last fall. This week, documentarians were in our library, filming Pono and Riley opening Warren Chamberlain’s bible from 1839, as well as looking at pictures of Queen Liliʻuokalani, the Binghams, and more. See the finished documentary on Sunday, March 29, 6:00 pm on KITV!

Our historic site has so much beauty and nature. Come visit us, have a picnic lunch , shop in the gift shop, & take a to...
02/07/2020

Our historic site has so much beauty and nature. Come visit us, have a picnic lunch , shop in the gift shop, & take a tour. (Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm ) tours from 11,12,1,2&3:00 #prayingmantis #butterfly #picnic @hawaiian_mission_houses @ Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

Nanakuli Elementary learn to “read” a photograph as Young Archivists.
02/06/2020

Nanakuli Elementary learn to “read” a photograph as Young Archivists.

: HMH is really lucky to have wonderful volunteers who find time in their busy lives to work with us. Kimm, who is a nur...
02/04/2020

: HMH is really lucky to have wonderful volunteers who find time in their busy lives to work with us. Kimm, who is a nurse and Mother, helps in administration. Mahalo nui loa, Kimm!

So grateful for this partnership with Kinai ʻEha. Look how close we are!
02/04/2020

So grateful for this partnership with Kinai ʻEha. Look how close we are!

Steady progress.. #HaleBuilders #LahuiWarriorsInTraining #KinaiEha @ Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

Hawaiian Mission Houses was so proud to be part of the amazing group honoring Aaron Mahi receiving the Preis Award from ...
02/03/2020

Hawaiian Mission Houses was so proud to be part of the amazing group honoring Aaron Mahi receiving the Preis Award from Hawai’i Art Alliance last night. Thank you, Kumu Aaron, for sharing your aloha and talents with so many of us, including in the Mele series. 🌺

It was also fun to share the night with Hawaiian Mission Houses Board member Sarah Richards, the 2015 Preis honoree, and Board president Peter Young, who was interviewed in the video honoring Kumu Aaron. An incredible night celebrating Kumu Aaron, the arts, and the heart of Hawai’i.

Don't forget!  Docent Training is coming up!  Make sure to contact Mike Smola, Curator of Public Programs, at 808-447-39...
02/01/2020

Don't forget! Docent Training is coming up! Make sure to contact Mike Smola, Curator of Public Programs, at 808-447-3914 or [email protected] to sign up to be trained to give public tours at our National Historic Landmark site!

: Mahalo to Ralph Kam and Historic Hawaii Foundation for inviting Hawaiian Mission Houses staff and descendant, Elizabet...
01/31/2020

: Mahalo to Ralph Kam and Historic Hawaii Foundation for inviting Hawaiian Mission Houses staff and descendant, Elizabeth Lentz-Hill, to participate in the readings about Queen Kaahumanu as part of their "33rd Annual Experts Lecture Series Showcases Notable Women in Hawaiian History" program held today at St. Andrews Cathedral, Von Holt Room.

: Visit their website for more about this lecture series: https://historichawaii.org/2020/01/09/2020expertslectures/

We have a lot of “new” used books in the gift shop. Come by and check them out. #usedbooks #hawaiianhistory #inmuseumswe...
01/31/2020

We have a lot of “new” used books in the gift shop. Come by and check them out. #usedbooks #hawaiianhistory #inmuseumswetrust @hawaiian_mission_houses

The @Kinaieha haumana had another project today so the love was real at the hale for the amazing volunteers that filled ...
01/30/2020

The @Kinaieha haumana had another project today so the love was real at the hale for the amazing volunteers that filled in for the work day! This group got a lot done to protect the structure for years to come - and we are so grateful. Mahalo piha for your time and kōkua! The hale is progressing quickly- stay tuned for more updates and remember to watch it change as you drive down King Street!



#volunteering #historicreproduction #traditionalarchitecture #hale #kauahikauapowered #kawaapowered #kinaiehapowered

School groups enjoy touring the 1821 Frame house.
01/30/2020

School groups enjoy touring the 1821 Frame house.

: on Saturday mornings at Hawaiian Mission Housesyou may find the Ulana me ka Lokomaika’i Lauhala weavers gathered on th...
01/26/2020

: on Saturday mornings at Hawaiian Mission Houses
you may find the Ulana me ka Lokomaika’i Lauhala weavers gathered on the front lanai working. This morning, they had picked leaves from the Hala tree, which they gathered into bunches to later have cleaned and prepared for weaving.

School group yesterday morning doing our Young Archivist activity... they learned about archives, the difference between...
01/25/2020

School group yesterday morning doing our Young Archivist activity... they learned about archives, the difference between primary and secondary sources, and how to "read" a historical photograph!

These beautiful native birds can be seen all over our historic site #nestingwhiteterns #manuokū #manuoku #hawaiianmissio...
01/24/2020

These beautiful native birds can be seen all over our historic site #nestingwhiteterns #manuokū #manuoku #hawaiianmissionhouses #education #awareness #inmuseumswetrust

We’re having a Hale Work Day next week—come join the fun! Wed., 1/298:30-3:30 pmWork alongside and learn from masters Dw...
01/23/2020

We’re having a Hale Work Day next week—come join the fun!

Wed., 1/29
8:30-3:30 pm
Work alongside and learn from masters Dwight Kauahikaua and Earl Kawaʻa
Lunch provided

Email Director of Collections and Operations Elizabeth Po’oloa to sign up: [email protected]

**Space is limited—first 10 people to contact Beth get this opportunity!

Keone'ula Elementary student plays "Graces" during her school tour... too much fun!
01/22/2020

Keone'ula Elementary student plays "Graces" during her school tour... too much fun!

5th graders from Keone'ula Elementary enjoy "Jacobs Ladder" 1820's Missionary children's games!
01/22/2020

5th graders from Keone'ula Elementary enjoy "Jacobs Ladder" 1820's Missionary children's games!

: Order your copy of E Hoʻi Ka Uʻi, Compiled and Edited by Kelsey M. Y. Jorgensen, at our store!: "The Kānaka Maoli indi...
01/22/2020

: Order your copy of E Hoʻi Ka Uʻi, Compiled and Edited by Kelsey M. Y. Jorgensen, at our store!

: "The Kānaka Maoli indigenous people of Hawaiʻi have for over 1000 years developed practices that stimulated and created balance. It is impossible to ignore anymore the perpetual depletion of resources, both environmental and cultural, due to insensitive design. In order to begin to restoring this balance, it is necessary to transform the way we think about design in Hawaiʻi. Establishing a sense of place through design here is about more than Hawaiian motif. It requires both an acute and holistic understanding of traditional values, a kuleana that belongs to all who live in Hawaiʻi..." - Lori Kanoelani Walker (quote from the back cover)

Docent Training is coming up!  Come learn about Hawaiian History and the skills you need to share that history with the ...
01/18/2020

Docent Training is coming up! Come learn about Hawaiian History and the skills you need to share that history with the public at our National Historic Landmark Site! Contact Mike Smola, Curator of Public Programs, at 447-3914 or [email protected] to sign up for the class!

Nothing like an Aloha Friday History Buff tour with folks from France, Kailua, Wisconsin, and Maui (l-r). And so great t...
01/18/2020

Nothing like an Aloha Friday History Buff tour with folks from France, Kailua, Wisconsin, and Maui (l-r). And so great to see Hawaiian Mission Houses ʻohana Kahu Jonathon Stockton, visiting from Maui. Last time we saw him was in Boston for “Hawai’i Week in New England”!

Students on a school tour got a special cameo appearance from the hardworking hale crew!! Here, Kumu Kawa’a explains how...
01/17/2020

Students on a school tour got a special cameo appearance from the hardworking hale crew!! Here, Kumu Kawa’a explains how the strategic angles of the logs help to keep the structure in place.



#halebuilding #formandfunction #stemeducation #nativeexcellence #kinaiehapowered #kauahikauapowered #kawaapowered

First graders from Hookele Elementary visit the 1821 House!
01/16/2020

First graders from Hookele Elementary visit the 1821 House!

Hawaiian Mission Houses (HMH) was honored to participate in a Talk Story session on Wednesday about the Bicentennial, du...
01/16/2020

Hawaiian Mission Houses (HMH) was honored to participate in a Talk Story session on Wednesday about the Bicentennial, during the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center’s week-long symposium. Mahalo nui to Kahu Haʻaheo Guanson and Kahu Kaleo Patterson (in lei) for organizing and the invitation; to HMH Board members Peter Young, John Kalei Laimana, and Kahu Dr. Fran Palama for sharing your thoughts and visions about the Bicentennial (first row, 2nd-4th from left); and to all the participants for your open and rich conversations. A wonderful afternoon of sharing. 🌺

A little rain can’t stop the fun at Hawaiian Mission Houses! ☔️
01/10/2020

A little rain can’t stop the fun at Hawaiian Mission Houses! ☔️

: Makalapa Elementary School students gathered in front of the Hale Pili here at Hawaiian Mission Houses!
01/10/2020

: Makalapa Elementary School students gathered in front of the Hale Pili here at Hawaiian Mission Houses!

#rainbow #downtown #Kolea @hawaiian_mission_houses
01/10/2020

#rainbow #downtown #Kolea @hawaiian_mission_houses

01/07/2020
Hawaii Tourism Authority

We mahalo Hawaii Tourism Authority for helping us open the space for multiple narratives. A reflection of what this historical site would have been and is becoming now.

This year Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (HMH) offered a special tour that was researched and scripted from the Native Hawaiian perspective.

Hawaii Tourism is proud to support HMH as it allows residents and visitors to learn about stories of the historic homes and people of that time. Comment down below if you attended one of the tours!

#HawaiiTourism

: Inventory is almost over! The store will re-open again to the public tomorrow, Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. Have a look a...
01/04/2020

: Inventory is almost over! The store will re-open again to the public tomorrow, Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. Have a look at our new wood products by Kaimuki Farms and Crafts!

: Elizabeth and Lisa are busy, busy, busy, working on thank you letters from an amazing response to calls for end-of-yea...
01/04/2020

: Elizabeth and Lisa are busy, busy, busy, working on thank you letters from an amazing response to calls for end-of-year donations. Mahalo to all of our supporters! It’s a great start to the new year!

Today we re-consecrated the headstones for Levi Chamberlain and Nellie White Brinckerhoff. The headstones were vandalize...
12/31/2019

Today we re-consecrated the headstones for Levi Chamberlain and Nellie White Brinckerhoff. The headstones were vandalized earlier this summer and then lovingly restored by Stonecraft Hawaiʻi (mahalo nui, again!). Chamberlain descendants and ʻohana joined us for the ceremony, and members of the Harold C.K. Castle Foundation came by after (Mrs. Brinckerhoff was Mr. Castle’s aunt). Kawaiahaʻo church bells rang out “Morning has Broken” as we started, and birds sang throughout. A beautiful, simple, moving service—mahalo nui to all who attended and planned it. 🌺

Had a nice visit from Tyler and Nicole Putman...ALHFAM Members from Philadelphia! Tyler is the gallery education manager...
12/26/2019

Had a nice visit from Tyler and Nicole Putman...ALHFAM Members from Philadelphia! Tyler is the gallery education manager at the Museum of the American Revolution! Mahalo for visiting! Check out the Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums at www.alhfam.org

: Hawaiian Mission Houses is closed December 25, and will be open to the public again on December 26.
12/25/2019

: Hawaiian Mission Houses is closed December 25, and will be open to the public again on December 26.

We had a wonderful time and turnout for Kauai History Theatre at the Kauai Museum! Cecilia Fordham as Mary Dowsett, Will...
12/16/2019

We had a wonderful time and turnout for Kauai History Theatre at the Kauai Museum! Cecilia Fordham as Mary Dowsett, William Ha'o as William Kanui, and Moses Goods (also the writer for the King Kamuali'i portrayal) as King Kamuali'i. We debuted the first part of our bicentennial History Theatre "Ali'i Letters Alive" based on our Ali'i Letters archival collection. Mahalo to Chucky Boy Chock, the Kauai Museum, and the Hawaii Council for the Humanities for making this all possible!

Great day on Kauaʻi, with new and long-time Hawaiian Mission House ʻohana. Morning with Doug and Dawn (Executive and Dev...
12/15/2019

Great day on Kauaʻi, with new and long-time Hawaiian Mission House ʻohana. Morning with Doug and Dawn (Executive and Development Directors) at Grove Farm Museum, lunch with Kathy Richardson, and dinner with David and Barbara Alexander, David Goodbody, and Susie and Ned Murphy. Throw in chickens, rainbows, beach, and waterfalls, and you’ve got a perfect Kaua’i day. Mahalo nui to you all for your time and joy today! 🌺 Looking forward to History Theater at Kaua’i Museum tomorrow. Shows at 2:30 and 4:30... see you there, Kauaʻi!
#grovefarmmuseum
#kauaimuseum
#chickensofkauai

On the plane, headed to Kauaʻi for our History Theater shows on Sunday, and THRILLED to see a 6-page article about Uncle...
12/14/2019

On the plane, headed to Kauaʻi for our History Theater shows on Sunday, and THRILLED to see a 6-page article about Uncle Earl Kawaʻa! We’re so honored to have Uncle Earl, Uncle Dwight, and Kinai ʻEha as part of the Hawaiian Mission Houses ʻohana. ☺️🌺
#hanahou
#hawaiianairlines
#kinaieha

: This Sunday at the Kauai Museum!
12/12/2019

: This Sunday at the Kauai Museum!

Hawaiian Mission Houses Kauaʻi ʻohana, History Theater is coming to you! This Sunday, 12/15, FREE shows at the Kauaʻi Mu...
12/12/2019

Hawaiian Mission Houses Kauaʻi ʻohana, History Theater is coming to you! This Sunday, 12/15, FREE shows at the Kauaʻi Museum, 2:30 and 4:30 pm. Call for reservations 808-245-6931.
The show has 3 history portrayals, including the world-premiere of our new portrayal of Kaumualiʻi. See you there, and share this with your Kauaʻi family and friends!

You are our SUPERHEROES!!! Yesterday on Giving Tuesday you gave $15,282 for Hawaiian Mission Houses’ programs!!!! We ble...
12/05/2019

You are our SUPERHEROES!!! Yesterday on Giving Tuesday you gave $15,282 for Hawaiian Mission Houses’ programs!!!!

We blew past our first goal to be matched, which was $5,000, THEN our donors stepped up to raise the match amount to $6500. We blew past that as well, for our final, amazing total. Our deepest MAHALO NUI LOA to each of you! 🌺

*Missed yesterday’s fun? Your gift today is just as important and appreciated! Give here:

https://4agc.com/donation_pages/d65b0144-6f20-40f1-a6a3-3b6ee2b17f7a

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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!
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!
Mele Kalikimaka and Merry Christmas! Thank you for preserving Hawaii's history!
I worked here right after the missionaries landed...Okay wait, not that long ago but in ancient time nonetheless... Late 70s and I don't mean 1870s.
Mahalo Kathy (our docent) for an enlightening afternoon tour of the Mission Houses. You made history come alive and my hubbie and I throughly enjoyed ourselves! Highly recommend visiting and the tour is an absolute MUST!