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Historic House Museums in Hawaii

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for Hawaii current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in Hawaii that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Hanalei, Kauai

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Wai‘oli Mission House

State Hwy 560
Hanalei, Kauai, HI  96714
Phone: (808) 245-3202

Year Built: 1837
Admission Price: Free
Hours: Tue, Thu, Sat 9-3pm

Located in the heart of Hanalei, this mission house dates back to 1837 and provides people today a chance to see how the early Christian missionaries lived. The missionaries first arrived in Hanalei on the island of Kauai in 1832 to convert the natives to Christianity.

Hilo, Hawaii

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Lyman Museum and Mission House

276 Haili Street
Hilo, Hawaii, HI  96720
Phone: (808) 935-5021

Year Built: 1839
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children $3
Hours: Mon-Sat 11-2pm

In 1832, missionaries David and Sarah Lyman traveled by ship from New England to Hawai`i. They had been married for all of 24 days before leaving on the six-month voyage. In the late 1830s they built the Lyman House as a family home. The Hilo Boarding School, a school for young Hawaiian men founded by the Lymans, was built nearby. The Lyman Mission House is the oldest standing wood structure on the Island of Hawai`i and one of the oldest in the State.

Honolulu, Oahu

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Mission Houses Museum

553 S. King Street
Honolulu, Oahu, HI  96813
Phone: (808) 447-3910

Year Built: 1821
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $6
Hours: Tue-Sat 11a-3pm

Consists of three mission houses that served as homes and workplaces for the first Christian missionaries who came here including the Frame House (Hale Lā‘au) (1821) which is the oldest wood frame structure still standing in the Hawaiian Islands. It was shipped around Cape Horn from Boston in 1820. It was used as a communal home by many missionary families who shared it with island visitors and boarders.

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The Queen Emma Summer Palace

2913 Pali Highway
Honolulu, Oahu, HI  96817
Phone: (808) 595-3167

Year Built: 1857
Admission Price: Adults $6, Children $1
Hours: Open daily, 9am-4pm

Hānaiakamālama (The Southern Cross), or Queen Emma Summer Palace, served as a summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii from 1857 to 1885, as well as for her husband King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward. It is a now a historic landmark, museum, and tourist site preserved by the Daughters of Hawai‘i.

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`Iolani Palace

364 South King Street
Honolulu, Oahu, HI  96813
Phone: (808) 522-0832

Year Built: 1879
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation, and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalākaua, who built it in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili‘uokalani, walked its celebrated halls.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

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Hulihee Palace

75-5718 Alii Dr
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, HI  96740
Phone: (808) 329-1877

Year Built: 1838
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The palace was originally built by High Chief, John Adams Kuakini, Governor of the island of Hawai‘i during the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, out of lava rock. The Palace features beautiful koa wood furniture, ornaments, portraits, tapa, feather work, Hawaiian quilts and artifacts from Hawaii’s royal past. Hulihe‘e Palace consists of six large graciously appointed rooms, two large inviting oceanfront lanai and lovely grounds. Hulihe‘e Palace was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings on the island of Hawai‘i in 1973.

Lahaina, Maui

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The Baldwin House

Front and Dickenson Streets
Lahaina, Maui, HI  96761
Phone: (808) 661-3262

Year Built: 1834
Admission Price: Open daily
Hours: 9am-5pm

In 1834 construction began on the Baldwin Home and was completed in 1835. The thick walls were made of coral and stone. The structure was sturdy consisting of hand-hewn timbers. In 1840, a bedroom and study was added, and in 1849, an entire second story was completed.

Lihue, Kauai

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Grove Farm Homestead Museum

4050 Nawiliwili Road
Lihue, Kauai, HI  96766
Phone: (808) 245-3202

Year Built: 1864
Admission Price: $10
Hours: Call for reservations

Built in 1864 the homestead depicts life on an old sugar plantation with tours of the office, washhouse, teahouse, and guest cottage. The house features a wonderful collection of furniture and a beautiful entryway made with native wood. Reservations should be made up to 3 months in advance.

Wailuku, Maui

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The Bailey House Museum

2375-A Main Street
Wailuku, Maui, HI  96793
Phone: (808) 244-3326

Year Built: 1833
Admission Price: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Children $2
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

Built in 1833, the Bailey House is now a museum of Maui history showcasing Hawaiian culture and artifacts, as well as paintings and furnishings from nineteenth-century Maui. Located in historic Wailuku and built on the site of the Royal compound of Kahekili, last ruling chief of Maui, the house served as the Wailuku Female Seminary for Hawaiian girls until 1849, and remained the home of Edward Bailey and his family until 1888.

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