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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Join Nalu from Na Maka Kahiko for an online carving or stamping workshop with a purchase of a kit.These kits come with ...
03/20/2021

Join Nalu from Na Maka Kahiko for an online carving or stamping workshop with a purchase of a kit.

These kits come with everything you need to get started and also include a virtual or downloadable class where Nalu teaches you how to carve and use bamboo.

Click the link in the bio on IG to shop now or go to:
https://www.missionhouses.org/gift-shop/

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The Hawaiian Mission Houses Curator of Archives/Librarian Kelsey Karsin will be doing a presentation that is part of the...
03/19/2021

The Hawaiian Mission Houses Curator of Archives/Librarian Kelsey Karsin will be doing a presentation that is part of the Hawaii State Public Library System’s Virtual Programs Genealogy Resources Speaker Series hosted by the Nanakuli Public Library March 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

In this presentation, Kelsey will cover the genealogical resources at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives. She will discuss how to view and use the digital collections for personal and academic research as well as to facilitate genealogy research. Please join us!

Please go to librarieshawaii.org for more information and to register for the talk.

Mahalo to Librarian Kylie Flood @librarianofthevalley_89 for coordinating this speaker series.

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In addition to being St. Patrick’s Day, today is Queen Kaʻahumanu’s birthday. Born on March 17, 1768, Kaʻahumanu is a pi...
03/18/2021

In addition to being St. Patrick’s Day, today is Queen Kaʻahumanu’s birthday. Born on March 17, 1768, Kaʻahumanu is a pivotal figure in Hawai’i’s history. In addition to the many, many accomplishments and feats of her life, she developed close friendships with the early missionaries and converted to Christianity toward the end of her life. Queen Kaʻahumanu died in 1832, after 64 years of leading and serving the people of Hawai’i through some of the most enduring changes of their history.

Hawaiian Mission Houses is honored to house several letters by and about Queen Ka’ahumanu in our Archives. See them here:

http://hmha.missionhouses.org/exhibits/show/aliiletters/kaahumanu-alii-letters

This sketch is also in the Hawaiian Mission Houses Archives. We are grateful to be stewards of these artifacts relating to Queen Kaʻahumanu’s life.

It's a wrap! Today we completed filming for "Open Your Hearts Wide" in collaboration with Playbuilders of Hawai'i and Or...
03/14/2021

It's a wrap! Today we completed filming for "Open Your Hearts Wide" in collaboration with Playbuilders of Hawai'i and Orig Media. This film project will delve into the complicated legacy of the Missionaries as told through archival resources and oral history interviews with missionary descendants. Today we mostly filmed the Ali'i sections where they read or recite from their letters kept in the Mission Houses Archives. Keep an eye on our website www.missionhouses.org for updates on this amazing film!

Tricia Allen is an artist with nearly 30 years of practicing on an unusual canvas—skin. She is an accomplished tattoo ar...
03/13/2021

Tricia Allen is an artist with nearly 30 years of practicing on an unusual canvas—skin. She is an accomplished tattoo artist, but is unique in having an extensive academic background. She has traveled extensively throughout the Pacific documenting the revival of the arts, particularly tattoo, and has authored two award-winning books on the topic. Tricia’s passion for design and textiles is reflected in her creations of fabulous facemasks and jewelry now featured at Hawaiian Mission Houses! Click the link in the bio (IG) or go to: https://www.missionhouses.org/gift-shop/ to shop local products and a great selection of books. #shoplocal #shopaloha #museumshop #madeinhawaii #kukuinutjewelry

As work continues on processing the HEA Name Files, we came across a letter with an especially warm greeting we thought ...
03/11/2021

As work continues on processing the HEA Name Files, we came across a letter with an especially warm greeting we thought we would share. It is from an undated letter from G.P. Kaonohimaka to Reverend Luther Halsey Gulick. Below is the greeting in both ʻŌlelo Hawai'i and the translation in English.

Rev. L.H. Kulika ko makou hoa hana, e lavelave ana i ka oihana a ko kakou haku. me ka hoomanavanui i na ale kua loloa o ka moana, me ka aina lai o Ehunui kai malino me Kau aina kua makani, me keone o Kahualoa; he loa o Puna ke hele mauka olaa ke hele i komo aku i ke onaona ala o Panaeva nui moku lehua ike aku ia hono kahi i ka ipo aloha a ka ua kanilehua. Aloha nui oe me kou ohana holookoa

Rev. L.H. Gulick, our dear companion bound by mutual labor in the field carrying forth the work of Our Lord with utmost patience in the buffeting long-backed waves of the deep sea, in the peaceful land of the chief Ehunui of calm seas, in Kā‘ū with wind at its back, on the sands of Kahualoa; a distance is Puna when traveled, in the upland of Olaa, entering the heady fragrance of great Panaeva and clusters of lehua groves are seen, that singular bay where remains a beloved of Hilo's lehua blossom pelting rain. My fondest regards to you and to everyone in your family.

In addition to being a poetic writer and a creative spirit, G.P. Kaonohimaka built multiple churches on Hawai'i Island, one of them Kohanaiki Church. The first picture is of the letter G.P. Kaonohimaka from the HEA Name Files. The second picture is of Kohanaiki Church built in 1897 and photographed by A.S. Baker from our Film Negatives Collection.

Mahalo to Carol Silva for her translation of the salutation. You can see the entire HEA Names Files collection and Film Negatives Collection on our website.

An Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant supports the work being done on the FY2020 Native Hawaiian Library Services grant award on the Hawaii Evangelical Association (HEA) papers, the forerunner of what is now known as the Hawaii Conference United Church of Christ (HCUCC).

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hawaiian_mission_housesSchool tours go International with Kyushu University students who joined us for a virtual field t...
03/10/2021

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School tours go International with Kyushu University students who joined us for a virtual field trip from Fukuoka, Japan. Professor, Christine G**o at the Hawaii English Language Program at UH Manoa, brought her post secondary ESL students to focus on cultural contact and adaptation when the missionaries came to Hawaii.

we had a great day filming Open Your Hearts Wide yesterday.  The film is a collaboration between Playbuilders of Hawai'i...
03/07/2021

we had a great day filming Open Your Hearts Wide yesterday. The film is a collaboration between Playbuilders of Hawai'i and Hawaiian Mission Houses and explores the complex legacy of missionaries in Hawai'i. Mahalo to all of the cast and the crew from Orig Media and Playbuilders!

For Jane Marshall Goodsill, Voices of Hawai'i began as a labor of love. A kamaʻāina accomplished in the art of oral hist...
03/06/2021

For Jane Marshall Goodsill, Voices of Hawai'i began as a labor of love. A kamaʻāina accomplished in the art of oral history, she began interviewing Island residents who had known her late father, a partner in a venerable Honolulu law firm. But avocation soon became vocation. As Goodsill’s joy in recording these life stories grew, so too did her pool of subjects: business executives, war veterans and POWs, retired plantation managers, Island entertainers, conservationists, taro farmers, educators, broadcasters, retailers, ranchers, activists, judges, journalists and so many others. Click the link in the bio (IG) or go to: https://www.missionhouses.org/product/voices-of-hawaiʻi-by-jane-marshall-goodsill-hardcover-228-pp/ to get your autographed copy!
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I have been interning with Hawaiian Mission Houses for the past two months. Today, I had the opportunity to assist Mike ...
03/05/2021

I have been interning with Hawaiian Mission Houses for the past two months. Today, I had the opportunity to assist Mike Smola, the Curator of Programs, with rehearsals on a play that will be filmed on site. It was a lot of fun guiding this talented team of individuals around the historic site. The filmmaking crew was led by the Director of PlayBuilders of Hawaii, and the videographer (Jeff) along with a bunch of brilliant actors. They are currently rehearsing for an upcoming play called “Open Your Hearts Wide.” They are set to start filming tomorrow here at Hawaiian Mission Houses.
–Gabe, Intern

Join us today at noon as the Exec Team presents about expanding the narrative at Hawaiian Mission Houses for Historic Ha...
03/04/2021

Join us today at noon as the Exec Team presents about expanding the narrative at Hawaiian Mission Houses for Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation’s “Experts at the Cathedral” series.

Thursday, March 4
12:00-1:00 pm HST
Via Zoom and livestream on HHF Facebook
Register for the Zoom at:
https://historichawaii.org/2020/12/17/expertslectureseries2021/

Mahalo to Dr. Ralph Kam and the dedicated staff and Board at HHF for this invitation!

We have had another exciting overlap between archival projects at Hawaiian Mission Houses!A few weeks ago, as Executive ...
03/04/2021

We have had another exciting overlap between archival projects at Hawaiian Mission Houses!
A few weeks ago, as Executive Team Member and Director of Operations and Collections Elizabeth Poʻoloa was looking through the HMCS card catalog she came across an entry for a letter written by Charles Akono ʻĀkau in 1870 in the HEA Name Files. This is the same last name as Josiah ʻĀkau, Director of Kinai ʻEha, whose organization has been working for the past two years building the Hale Pili.
In hopes of connecting present-day family with this letter, Beth reached out to Josiah, and sure enough, the letter writer is his great-great-great uncle! Mr. ‘Ākau was writing to Dr. Gulick regarding newspaper subscriptions that should be sent to him. This follows, contextually, because at this time Dr. Gulick (Luther Halsey Gulick, Sr.) was editor of the Hawaiian language newspaper, Ka Nupepa Kū’oko’a, as well as an administrator for the Hawaiian Evangelical Association.
What a great overlap--Josiah has been an integral part of the hui building the new Hale Pili, planned
using HMCS archival material, while his ancestor's paper is also being preserved, digitized and made accessible in the same location. It is always heartwarming to connect families to their archival resources, especially when they are from our current HMH circle. The past, present, and future meld together in a wonderful way here at Hawaiian Mission Houses- and the discovery of new connections never gets old!
Swipe to see the letter and read the translation of the letter. Mahalo to Carol Silva for her translation!

An Institute of Museum and Library Services grant supports the work being done on the FY2020 Native Hawaiian Library Services grant award on the Hawaii Evangelical Association papers, the forerunner of what is now known as the Hawaii Conference United Church of Christ.

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Today we had the pleasure to do a livestreamed performance of "My Name is 'Opukaha'ia" to the Makiki Chapter of the Daug...
02/27/2021

Today we had the pleasure to do a livestreamed performance of "My Name is 'Opukaha'ia" to the Makiki Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution over Zoom. The performance had originally been scheduled for March 2020, but was canceled due to the Covid lockdown. Mahalo to Moses Goods for your moving performance and Mahalo to the Daughters of the American Revolution, Makiki Chapter, for hosting us!

Tune in at 4:00 pm HST today to hear Hawaiian Mission Houses staff present for the Kawaiahaʻo Church Bicentennial Speake...
02/21/2021

Tune in at 4:00 pm HST today to hear Hawaiian Mission Houses staff present for the Kawaiahaʻo Church Bicentennial Speaker Series:

“Behold, I Bring You Glad Tidings: The Religious Life of Early ABCFM Missionaries and Early Converts”
4:00-5:30 pm HST
Sunday, February 21
On YouTube at “Kawaiahaʻo Church TV”

https://m.youtube.com/c/kawaiahaochurchtv

Executive Team Member Elizabeth Poʻoloa and Curator of Public Programs Mike Smola present primary source materials from the Hawaiian Mission Houses Archives about the how, where, why, and when of the early missionaries’ religious practices.

Please join us!

Tune in Sunday as Hawaiian Mission Houses presents at the Kawaiahaʻo Church Bicentennial Speaker Series! “Behold, I Brin...
02/18/2021

Tune in Sunday as Hawaiian Mission Houses presents at the Kawaiahaʻo Church Bicentennial Speaker Series!

“Behold, I Bring You Glad Tidings”: The Religious Life of the Early ABCFM Missionaries and Early Converts
Presented by Executive Team Member/Director of Operations and Collections Elizabeth Poʻoloa and Curator of Public Programs Mike Smola
Sunday, February 21
4:00 pm
on “Kawaiahaʻo Church TV” on YouTube

https://youtube.com/c/KawaiahaoChurchTV

Mike and Beth recorded the presentation yesterday at the church. After Sunday’s broadcast there is time for live question and answer.

And speaking of speakers... mahalo to presenter Nanette Napoleon and everyone who joined the first “Archives and Inquiry” session on Tuesday! We had 57 people from Vermont, Indiana, California, and Hawaiʻi who tuned in to hear Nanette’s fascinating talk about people from Hawaiʻi who were part of the American Civil War. We’ll let you know when the recording is up.

Hope you’ll join in on Sunday to hear Beth and Mike’s presentation!

Aloha mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi! Eia kekahi ʻōlelo noʻeau pili i ka ʻāina ʻo Honolulu. Ke kū nei nā moku i loko o ke awa, nu...
02/17/2021

Aloha mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi! Eia kekahi ʻōlelo noʻeau pili i ka ʻāina ʻo Honolulu. Ke kū nei nā moku i loko o ke awa, nui nā pou peʻa lōʻihi e kīkoʻo ana aʻe. ʻAno like kēia ʻikena me nā kumu lāʻau i ka nahele.

Happy Hawaiian Language Month! Here is an ʻōlelo noʻeau (wise saying) about Honolulu. When the ships used to anchor in the bay, there were many tall sail posts that extended upwards. This sight was like looking at all the trees in a forest. #olelohawaii #moolelomatters

Today’s the day! “Archives and Inquiry” kicks off, giving you insights into research drawing from the Hawaiian Mission H...
02/16/2021

Today’s the day! “Archives and Inquiry” kicks off, giving you insights into research drawing from the Hawaiian Mission Houses Archives.

12:00-1:00 pm HST
Via Zoom
Nanette Napoleon will be speaking about Hawai`i in the Civil War.

Enjoy a “learning lunch” in Hawaiʻi, a “teatime talk” on the Pacific Coast, or a “pau hana presentation” in the Midwest and East Coast. Wherever you are, we look forward to you joining us today.

The video of the presentation will be available after the talk through our YouTube Channel and website.

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Don't forget that Tuesday February 16 is the first installment of our "Archives and Inquiry" Virtual Speaker Series!  We...
02/13/2021

Don't forget that Tuesday February 16 is the first installment of our "Archives and Inquiry" Virtual Speaker Series! We hope to see you there!

Nanette Napoleon will be speaking about Hawai`i in the Civil War.

Join us Tuesday, February 16 at 12pm on Zoom at the information below.

The video of the presentation will be available after the talk through our YouTube Channel and website.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83778101516...
Meeting ID: 837 7810 1516
Passcode: Archives
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,83778101516#,,,,*52945297# US (Houston)
+16699009128,,83778101516#,,,,*52945297# US (San Jose)
Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
Meeting ID: 837 7810 1516

It’s up! The banner for the new “Archives and Inquiry” Virtual Speaker Series is flying at the corner of King Street and...
02/11/2021

It’s up! The banner for the new “Archives and Inquiry” Virtual Speaker Series is flying at the corner of King Street and Kawaiahaʻo. Plan to join in next Tuesday, 2/16, at noon HST, to hear historian Nanette Napoleon. See you there!

Info at www.missionhouses.org.

😍 😍😍 This coral block monument got a major beauty treatment today, with new bronze plaques installed by Stonecraft Hawai...
02/10/2021

😍 😍😍 This coral block monument got a major beauty treatment today, with new bronze plaques installed by Stonecraft Hawai’i!! Swipe to see the before (original, worn plaques in poor condition), during and glamorous after of the new look!

The memorial plaques remind us that nearly 200 years ago, on January 7th, 1822, the inaugural prints were pulled on the first printing press in Hawai’i. At HMH we interpret the important history of the printed word in a permanent Hale Pa’i exhibit in the building behind the monument. We’re looking forward to more commemoration of the legacy of printing in Hawai’i in the bicentennial year of 2022 - be on the look out for more information from HMH!

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"Last Thursday, 4th grade Hawaiian language immersion students at Hauʻula Elementary joined us for a virtual tour of the...
02/04/2021

"Last Thursday, 4th grade Hawaiian language immersion students at Hauʻula Elementary joined us for a virtual tour of the hale pili. They learned about our newly completed hale at the Mission Houses, which was built by ʻAnakala Earl Kaʻawa and ʻAnakala Dwight Kauahikaua along with Kinai ʻEha."

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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!