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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  • I went to see the oldest standing building in Honolulu. My interest in 19th century American history led me there. The young man who gave us the tour was superb. He really knew his stuff. The building...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour by Docent Rose Hansen through the Mission House buildings on the Kamaaina discount Sat, even though the weather was very rainy. Her attention to detail in sharing the history of the early missionaries in Hawaii, their lifestyle and challenges throughout their time here, their artifacts, and the contributions and influences the missionaries made to our Hawaiian culture and history thru the printing press, music, fashion, construction, and of course in religion, were most enlightening, and even different from our early understandings. We highly recommend this tour, or even a revisit, to visitors and kamaaina alike. Mahalo to Curator Mike and Gift Shop assistant Grace for a very memorable experience.
  • Oh outstanding location for looking at the historical events of our past.. Visit and judge for yourself and share your thoughts...
  • Had a nice tour of the historic buildings. The history of of the printing press was interesting as was the translation and printing of the bible into the Hawaiian language. The gift shop was nice. Staff were very friendly.
  • Nice place to visit. Did not really have a chance to enjoy the tour / check out the gift shop as I have visited on Sunday when everything was closed.
  • 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.
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