Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, Honolulu

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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.

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  • Called in Hawaii's oldest wooden buildings and Museum in a small quaint house or living Buri of missionaries of the Church and the age had been reproduced. Thanks to Christian teachings and literature, told the Hawaiian missionaries who became a popular resort destination so may (can't say negative aspects). It's time away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, and good old Hawaii feel good.
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  • We missed the guided tour by 15 minutes but after a chat with the very friendly custodian we took the self guided tour around the buildings. The early missionaries certainly accomplished their mission...  more »
  • The Museum consists of three restored buildings of the mission. The frame house (Hale la'au), the Chamberlain House (Ka Hale Kamalani) and the Printing Office (Ka Hale PA'i). Every hour, there's a very interesting tour with enthusiastic guides.
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  • Even the gift shop is an education! Ask for Diane. She knows pretty much everything! She's revamped the gift shop so that all the goods are made by Hawaii artists. Amazing & beautiful tile work can be purchased here, locally hand-made & terrific smelling soaps, and all goes to benefit the museum.
  • Tour's good. Cafe's good (long wait during lunch time though). Make sure you check out the gift shop! Their price is lower than other museums like bishop etc
  • The cafe service is excellent and fast, the catch of the day BLT and the broccoli cream soup are ono.
  • Take a time to check out some of the historical buildings of Honolulu including the Mission Houses and old church.
  • While visiting the Mission Houses, definitely stay for a bite at the Mission Social Hall and Cafe - "comfort food with a nod to history" is how it's described in Facebook. The service is efficient and the food is super ono (delicious)!

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