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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. Read More
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… Read More
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. Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More