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Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, Honolulu

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The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives Honolulu, Hawaii, was established in 1920 by the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, a private, non-profit organization and genealogical society, on the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Christian missionaries in Hawaiʻi. In 1962, the Mission Houses, together with Kawaiahaʻo Church, both built by those early missionaries, were designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark (NHL) under the combined name Kawaiahao Church and Mission Houses. In 1966 all the NHLs were included in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits documents, artifacts, and other records of Hawaii's "missionary" period from about 1820 to 1863. It interprets its historic site and collections and makes these collections available for research, educational purposes, and public enjoyment. The archive's collection holds over 3,000 Hawaiian, Western, and Pacific artifacts, and more than 12,000 books, manuscripts, original letters, diaries, journals, illustrations and Hawaiian church records. The historic site and archive is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The general admission charge is $12, with discounts for students, seniors, and the military.
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  • The cemetery pupu theater was excellent!! I look forward towards attending next year as well!! If you get the chance I suggest you go. You will not be disappointed! 
    The cemetery pupu theater was excellent!! I look forward towards attending next year as well!! If you get the chance I suggest you go. You will not be disappointed!  more »
  • Very important historical site which has been well preserved and maintained; five stars for that. Unfortunately, our tour guide did not seem deeply knowledgeable and we would have preferred a more... 
    Very important historical site which has been well preserved and maintained; five stars for that. Unfortunately, our tour guide did not seem deeply knowledgeable and we would have preferred a more...  more »
  • While driving around the Capitol District of Honolulu, we came upon a series of buildings and a church. This was the location where the Protestant missionaries settled in the early 19th century. It....  more
    While driving around the Capitol District of Honolulu, we came upon a series of buildings and a church. This was the location where the Protestant missionaries settled in the early 19th century. It....  more »
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  • Fascinating place with the oldest building in Hawaii and very knowledgeable docents. Tour provides a lot of information about the missionaries and how they incorporated with the Hawaiian royalty.
  • It is a fantastic historical place and host of the Hawaiian Shakespeare Festival.
  • Enjoyed strolling the grounds of Museum, being transported back to a more peaceful way of being and time. Will definitely return to learn more with a tour. The gift shop is beautifully arranged with books and by local artists.. Simply Amazing, and i tell you what .. 'The North Shore Goodies' Original Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter is absolutely delectable. Highly recommend grabbing a couple jars to take home. Will have to get the Banana MacNut Peanut Butter, next time!
  • I appreciated being able to see these preserved building from the missionary era of Hawaiian history. It represents a fundamental change in culture, way of life, and ushering in the Hawaii we know today. It is good to look back at history honestly whether positive or negative. It is how things came to be. We learn from the past, what to emulate and what to change.
  • Cool place with lots of history about the missionaries and their life in Hawaii. They have a printing press which was great for the kids and adults to see in action. The old missionary house is the original house from the 1800s.

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