Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, Honolulu

(3.9/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • The guided tours provided more complete perspective on early Christian missionaries and their impact on Hawaii. Gift shop had many high class souvenirs. Interesting learning of their way of life and a...  more »
  • The missionaries came from Boston Ma to convert the Hawaiian people to Christianity. They did much more--including creating a written Hawaiian language and introducing Western medicine. Their decendan...  more »
  • walked along from the kawaiaha'o church and entered the grounds here. a tour for school children happening. i didn't realize one could do a self guided tour, thus did not learn as much as we could hav...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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)!
  • It was an excellent, hidden amidst century old missionary buildings in central Honolulu. Unquestionably private rederves. Sadly, closed now, a faded paper says closed now returning soon. I'm told it's been closed 6 months now. I truly hope that it returns. It was the coolest unknown spot in the middle of Honolulu.
  • Mission Houses Museum : Michelin's recommendations 2 * " The pieces of Hawaii's oldest Western-style structure were shipped around Cape Horn from New England and assembled here in 1821 by the first American Calvinist missionaries, with the help of the Hawaiian people. With the coming of the missionaries, Hawaii's culture changed forever. You'll learn how by taking a self-guided or guided tour of these three historic houses, which date from 1821 to 1841 filled with furniture, clothing, decorative arts, photographs and tools. "