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.

Fashion takes over Hawaiian Mission Houses today, as Fighting Eel clothing design does their September photo shoot onsit...
08/14/2020

Fashion takes over Hawaiian Mission Houses today, as Fighting Eel clothing design does their September photo shoot onsite. Mahalo for making our site even more beautiful!

Sneak peek pics here...

Design: Lan Chung and Fighting Eel
Model: Nellie Anderson
Photographer: Sam Feyen
Director of Operations: Linh Owen

#fightingeel #himissionhouses #hihmcs #hawaiianmissionhistory #hihmh

Congratulation to all of the honorees at the Hawaii State Theatre Council's Po`okela Awards last night!Hawaiian Mission ...
08/11/2020

Congratulation to all of the honorees at the Hawaii State Theatre Council's Po`okela Awards last night!

Hawaiian Mission Houses got several awards for Cemetery Pupu Theatre and our show "Woman's Triumph: Celebrating 100 years of the 19th Amendment"

We received Po`okela Awards for:

Ensemble Performance in a Non-Traditional Play
Congrats to our cast: Kahana Ho, Po`ai Lincoln, Terri Madden, Jeanne Wynne Herring, and Karen Kaulana

Will Ha`o for Director of a Non-Traditional Play

Overall Production of Non-Traditional Play

Rasa Fournier and Kevin Keaveney for Playwriting

Also, we honored Scott Power of O`ahu Cemetery for an Excellence in Service Award for his 10 years of partnership, friendship, and support of our Cemetery Pupu Theatre program.

Again Congratulations to all of the honorees, and especially to everyone who made Cemetery Theatre presents Woman's Triumph: Celebrating 100 years of the 19th Amendment as great as it was!

#NEHCares #HiHumanitiesCares #WESTAF #Historytheatre #historytheater #CemeteryPupuTheatre #CemeteryPupuTheater

Congratulations to Scott Power of O'ahu Cemetery for receiving an Excellence In Service Award at this year's Hawaii Stat...
08/11/2020

Congratulations to Scott Power of O'ahu Cemetery for receiving an Excellence In Service Award at this year's Hawaii State Theater Council Po'okela Awards! Scott and O'ahu Cemetery has partnered with HMH for 10 years on Cemetery Pupu Theatre. Mahalo Nui Loa for your friendship and support and we look forward to many more years of partnership!

Here's Scott and his wife Sharan enjoying the Po'okela's tonight!

PC: Mary Ann Lentz

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08/09/2020

Check out this about us video showing what we do here @hawaiian_mission_houses for the full video go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6amFIYMkQwE #NEHCares #HIHumanitiesCares #NEAGrants #WESTAF #IMLS #IMLSGrant
#HistoryTheatre #HistoryTheater

08/07/2020

Found some surprises in a Morning Star Sea Journal from 1859 found in our Micronesian Missions Collection. You may not know, but the Micronesian Missions Collection in our archive contains documents from all over Micronesia including the Marshall Islands, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kiribati, and the Marquesas.

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Join us for a Virtual Field Trip!#NEHcares #HIHumanitiescares @NEHgov @HIHumanities, #hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcs #hmcs...
08/06/2020

Join us for a Virtual Field Trip!
#NEHcares #HIHumanitiescares @NEHgov @HIHumanities,
#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcs #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsdigitalarchives #Himissionhouses #HImissionhouses #missionhouses #hihmh #hihmcs #hihmcslibrary #historicsites #historichouses #historicgrounds #history #hawaii #hawaiianislands

Consultant Mauliola Watson shows us his set up for the transcribing documents in the HEA Names Files. We’ve started the ...
07/31/2020

Consultant Mauliola Watson shows us his set up for the transcribing documents in the HEA Names Files. We’ve started the process of assigning our transcribers Hawaiian and English manuscripts to transcribe which is an important and big part of our IMLS Grant. #hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcs #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsdigitalarchives #Himissionhouses #HImissionhouses #missionhouses #hihmh #hihmcs #hihmcslibrary #historicsites #historichouses #historicgrounds #history #hawaii #hawaiianislands #IMLS #IMLSGrant @us_imls @hmcslibrary

Mahalo to the DAR Museum for hosting our History Theatre portrayal of Emma Nāwahī, portrayed by Po'ai Lincoln, for their...
07/29/2020

Mahalo to the DAR Museum for hosting our History Theatre portrayal of Emma Nāwahī, portrayed by Po'ai Lincoln, for their Virtual World's Fair 2020 Event! It will be available on the DAR Museum YouTube Channel after today's premiere!

#NEHcares #hihumanitiescares #Westaf #historytheatre #historytheater

Work continues in making the numerous letters and journals in our archives accessible to everyone. With funding from the...
07/28/2020

Work continues in making the numerous letters and journals in our archives accessible to everyone. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the focus is now on organizing and transcribing the Hawaiian Evangelical Association “Name Files” which have been previously digitized. This project includes creating “finding aids” in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i for the 1,101 individual authors, so that topics can be searched and cross-referenced in their original Hawaiian language.

#hawaiianmissionhistory #hmcs #hmcslibrary #hawaiihistory #hmcsdigitalarchives #himissionhouses #missionhouses #hihmh #hihmcs #hihmcslibrary #historicsites #historichouses #historicgrounds #history #hawaii #hawaiianislands #IMLS #IMLSGrant Institute of Museum and Library Services

07/24/2020
Today we did our first History Theatre performance over Zoom for students attending online summer programs at 'Iolani Sc...
07/16/2020

Today we did our first History Theatre performance over Zoom for students attending online summer programs at 'Iolani Schools! Emma Nāwahī (Kahana Ho) presented about her patriotic activities against annexation and the Ke Aloha 'Āina newspaper she started with her husband Joseph.

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#HistoryTheatre #HistoryTheater

07/14/2020

And... we’re open! Mahalo to the kamaʻaina on this very first tour today. So great to have the Gift Shop doors open for the first time since March 17. Come join us!

Reservations and hours of operation at:
Www.missionhouses.org

Hawaiian Mission Houses gift shop will be opening back up to the public Tuesday , Friday, & Saturday from 10:30am-2:30 p...
07/11/2020

Hawaiian Mission Houses gift shop will be opening back up to the public Tuesday , Friday, & Saturday from 10:30am-2:30 pm. Starting July 14! The online store is also still available anytime. Click the link in the bio to shop or come and see us in person on site. #museumshop #shoplocalshopsmall #giftshop #shopaloha #hawaiianbooks #missionarybooks #hawaiimade

07/10/2020
Kamaka Pili KHON2

Look who came to visit! Kamaka Pili!

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives will reopen next Tuesday

Look for us on the 7 o'clock news tonight on KHON2  about our reopening plans and new virtual tours and field trips!
07/10/2020

Look for us on the 7 o'clock news tonight on KHON2 about our reopening plans and new virtual tours and field trips!

We are excited to announce we are re-opening to visitors on Tuesday, July 14! Tours and library appointments are on a li...
07/09/2020

We are excited to announce we are re-opening to visitors on Tuesday, July 14!

Tours and library appointments are on a limited basis and need pre-reservations online. Tours are free for kamaʻāina this month! The Gift Shop will be open for walk-in shopping 10:30-2:30 Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Check our website for dates/time info, reservations, and safety procedures: www.missionhouses.org

Looking forward to having you back on site with us!

Everyone at the Hawaiian Mission Houses would like to say a hearty and heartfelt MAHALO NUI LOA to everyone who saw and ...
07/06/2020

Everyone at the Hawaiian Mission Houses would like to say a hearty and heartfelt MAHALO NUI LOA to everyone who saw and donated to Cemetery Pupu Theatre presents Woman's Triumph: Celebrating 100 years of the 19th Amendment! Mahalo to our wonderful cast, crew, scriptwriters, and everyone else who made this amazing program a success!

We look forward to bringing you something special next year to celebrate the 10th year of Cemetery Pupu Theatre!

#cemeterypuputheatre #cemeterpuputheater #historytheatre #historytheater #hmh #missionhouses

07/05/2020

Last chance to view is today! Tickets are pay-what-you-can, so sign up and enjoy today before midnight. Mahalo nui to the cast and crew—you made this show amazing!

David W. Forbes latest book release Diaries of Queen Liliuokalani was in the star advertiser. Check out the article here...
07/02/2020

David W. Forbes latest book release Diaries of Queen Liliuokalani was in the star advertiser.
Check out the article here:

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 |  Today's Paper | 87° FEATURES
By John Berger • June 28, 2020
When the first group of Christian missionaries arrived in Hawaii in 1820 one of their most important contributions to Hawaii was literacy. The Hawaiian language did not exist in written form until the missionaries created it, but by the middle of the 19th century Hawaii had one of the highest per capita literacy rates in the world. More than 100 Hawaiian language newspapers flourished between 1835 to 1948, and they are a treasure trove of information about all aspects of Hawaiian life.
Literacy also enabled Hawaiians to document their lives in the letters they sent and the diaries they kept. None of those diaries is more important to historians than those of Hawaii’s beloved Queen Lili‘uokalani. “The Diaries of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii” (Hui Hanai, $40), edited and annotated by historian David W. Forbes, makes many of her diaries easily available for the first time. It is a marvelous introduction to Lili‘uokalani that takes the reader far beyond the regal public figure Hawaii has honored for several generations.
The Queen’s diaries cover the years between 1885 and 1900. They provide her private first-person account of her experiences — as heir apparent, as monarch, and than as wronged ruler of the Hawaiian Islands — during one of the most tragic eras in Hawaii’s history.
Lili‘uokalani’s diaries for 1887, 1888, 1893 and 1894, and the “short version” of her diary for 1889, were among the documents that were seized by the queen’s enemies in 1895 when they sought to prove that she had known that Hawaiian patriots intended to restore the legitimate Hawaiian government. Those diaries were deposited in the Territorial Archives in 1921; they are now in the State Archives.
Four diaries that were not seized in 1895 are in Bishop Museum. The “long version” of her 1889 diary is in private hands. It is being published for the first time.
Forbes’ detailed annotation makes the book especially valuable as an introduction to this period in Hawaiian history. He opens with information on the diaries and their history, explains how he approached the task of editing the original texts, provides biographical information on the royal family and their friends and retainers, and adds the history of Lili‘uokalani’s various residences. From there he documents the diary entries in depth. Hundreds of footnotes identify the people and places she mentions, provide context by explaining the significance of various events, and include quotes showing the opinion of the English-language newspapers of the time.
Dozens of photos add another dimension to Forbes’ beautiful celebration of Hawaii’s last reigning queen.
That said, it is impossible to read the earliest entries without thinking about the tragedies that befell Lili‘uokalani between 1885 and the end of the century.

to purchase the book click the link in the bio (IG) or go to:
https://www.missionhouses.org/product/the-diaries-of-queen-liliuokalani-of-hawaii-by-david-w-forbes/ #hawaiianhistory #booklover #queenliluokalani #diaries #shoplocal #museumshop

Cemetery Pupu Theatre presents "Woman's Triumph: Celebrating 100 years of the 19th Amendment" has been extended until Ju...
06/30/2020

Cemetery Pupu Theatre presents "Woman's Triumph: Celebrating 100 years of the 19th Amendment" has been extended until July 5, 2020 with improved audio and closed captioning!

Get your link today at: https://www.missionhouses.org/calendar/

The program is available by donation of what you can afford. Your receipt will have the link to the video presentations!

Don't miss out on seeing the history of women's suffrage in Hawaiʻi come to life through the portrayals of people like Emma Nakuina, portrayed by Kahana Ho.

Emma Kaʻilikapuolono Metcalf Beckley Nakuina was born in Mānoa in 1847. She was the daughter of Theophilus Metcalf, a Puritan descendant from the United States, and Kaʻilikapuolono, who descended from an aliʻi lineage associated with the Kūkaniloko Birthstones in central Oʻahu. King Kamehameha IV had her trained in traditional water rights and customs. She served as the curatrix of the Hawaiian National Museum, that was later merged into the Bernie Pauahi Bishop Museum. In 1892 she was appointed to be the Commissioner of Private Ways and Water Rights for the district of Kona, Oʻahu.

Emma Nakuina was a well-regarded historian, preservationist, and source of cultural knowledge. She met with Almira Pitman of Massachusetts, and wife of Benjamin Keolaokalani Pitman, who had been active in the women's suffrage movement for decades. Mrs. Pitman's testimony in the US Congress led to the passing of a bill allowing the territorial legislature to grant women's suffrage if they so chose. This was a major event in the history of women's suffrage in Hawaiʻi.

Hear the rest of her story by donating and getting the video link today!

"Lucky We Live Hawaii" is a saying we hear often living in our beautiful Aina (land).  Inspire a love for the written wo...
06/30/2020

"Lucky We Live Hawaii" is a saying we hear often living in our beautiful Aina (land). Inspire a love for the written word by creating an illustrated nature poetry book with your child. Poetry excites the imagination, taking us on journeys to other times and places. Let your child's imagination take them away by encouraging your child to write poetry inspired by nature in their own backyard. Visit our website: https://www.missionhouses.org/connect-to-history-from-home/

EXTENDED!Due to popular demand, we have extended Cemetery Pupu Theatre presents "Woman's Triumph: Celebrating 100 years ...
06/27/2020

EXTENDED!
Due to popular demand, we have extended Cemetery Pupu Theatre presents "Woman's Triumph: Celebrating 100 years of the 19th Amendment" through July 5, 2020 with improved audio!

Get your access to the video link at: https://www.missionhouses.org/calendar/

The program is by donation of any amount you wish, a $40/person value for what you can afford!

One of the featured portrayals is Ethel Baldwin, portrayed by Terri Madden. She was the president of the Maui Women's Suffrage Association and became involved in the League of Women Voters on Maui. She was also a philanthropist, wanting to improve the health and welfare of women and children. She organized the first candidate forum on Maui for candidates of both political parties to directly address voters in what we would think of as a "town hall" type of meeting. This meeting included two women candidates for office: Alice Ka`ae and Helen Makakoa Sniffen.

Don't forget to view the playbill and get a Suffragist Era recipe to make for during the program at www.missionhouses.org!

Aloha mai kākou! Today’s huaʻōlelo o ka lā is ka hale pule, meaning church. This picture is of Kawaihaʻo church with its...
06/26/2020

Aloha mai kākou! Today’s huaʻōlelo o ka lā is ka hale pule, meaning church. This picture is of Kawaihaʻo church with its original steeple. Check out our website to learn more!

David W. Forbes is an internationally recognized historian and bibliographer specializing in aspects of the history of H...
06/26/2020

David W. Forbes is an internationally recognized historian and bibliographer specializing in aspects of the history of Hawaiʻi Check out these great books we carry by David W. Forbes in our online gift shop. Click the link in the bio (IG) or go to: https://www.missionhouses.org/gift-shop/ to see our collection of books and gifts for sale. #hawaiianhistory #booklover #education #museumshop #shopsmallbusiness #historian #bibliographer #shopaloha

Before trying to solve the Frame House Dining Room crossword puzzle, take a look at the video tour of the 1821 Mission H...
06/24/2020
Connecting with History – Hawaiian Mission Houses

Before trying to solve the Frame House Dining Room crossword puzzle, take a look at the video tour of the 1821 Mission House Dining Room. You may find key clues to answer the questions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsk62E7--88&feature=youtu.be
Find the crossword puzzle on our website:
https://www.missionhouses.org/connect-to-history-from-home/

It’s harder than it looks. Palaʻie (loop and ball game) can be played just about anywhere if you have some space to swing it around. The implement is made of the coconut leaf midribs (handle), a braided rope and the coconut tree palm cloth (aʻa) (found at the base of the coconut leaves) formed i...

Society Relations Director Mary Ann Alexander Lentz is having a cook off tonight... with her great-great grandmother. “W...
06/21/2020

Society Relations Director Mary Ann Alexander Lentz is having a cook off tonight... with her great-great grandmother. “We’re making Mrs. W. D. Alexander’s 1920 recipe as well as mine while we watch Cemetery Pupu Theatre online. They’re actually very close, truly an old family recipe!”

Get your pay-what-you-can tickets for the online performance at www.missionhouses.org/calendar/

And check out all the 1920s recipes you can make at home, including Mrs. Alexander’s potato salad, at www.missionhouses.org/1920s-recipes/

Come join the fun!

Don't Miss it!  Today is the premiere of the virtual version of Cemetery Pupu Theatre presents Woman's Triumph: Celebrat...
06/20/2020

Don't Miss it! Today is the premiere of the virtual version of Cemetery Pupu Theatre presents Woman's Triumph: Celebrating 100 years of the 19th Amendment!

Get your access to the video link for what you can afford to pay at https://www.missionhouses.org/calendar/

One of the featured portrayals is Emma 'A'ima A'ii Nawahi, portrayed by Po'ai Lincoln. Emma Nawahi was a Native Hawaiian patriot that, with her husband Joseph, started and edited Ke Aloha 'Aina - an anti-annexation and pro-royalist newspaper during the overthrow period and into the territorial period. She also was heavily involved in Hui Aloha 'Aina o Na Wahine (The Women's Hawaiian Patriotic League) and rallied to collect signatures for the Ku'e Petition against annexation to the United States.

Emma Nawahi was one of Hawai'i Island's staunchest organizers for women's suffrage. She also suggested to Wilhelmine Dowsett that the National Women's Equal Suffrage Association should unite women across racial/ethnic and class lines to secure the right to vote.

Get your video link today!

And don't forget your Suffragist Era Recipe to make so that you have pupu for Cemetery Pupu Theatre! Check out the recipes at https://www.missionhouses.org/1920s-recipes/

Enjoy the show!

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Honolulu, HI
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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!
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!