Mission Houses Museum, Honolulu (must see)
The Mission Houses Museum collects and exhibits documents and artifacts relating to Hawaiian history between 1820 and 1863- the “missionary” period. Today, the museum has over three thousand Hawaiian, Pacific, and Western artifacts, and its archival materials number over twelve thousand.
The Houses themselves are interesting for the way they demonstrate how New England missionaries progressively adapted to their environment. The Oldest Frame House was built from materials shipped down from Boston around 1821. They were precut and premeasured, so they pretty much just needed to be assembled. The funny thing about the Oldest Frame House is the style- it was made with small windows and short eaves, to help it survive Boston winters, which made it an odd style to use in Hawaii. The Chamberlain House was built in 1831 from local Hawaiian materials, including coral blocks and salvaged lumber from ships. This House has larger windows, and shutters to provide shade, which the Oldest Frame House did not. The Print House was an addition to the Oldest Frame House. Originally a bedroom, the coral block addition later served as the missionaries' print house. Today, the Print House serves as an exhibit to show how the native Hawaiians and New England missionaries developed the first materials printed in native Hawaiian.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm