The Mission Houses Museum offers people a chance to experience
the cultural change that Hawai‘i underwent in the 19th century.
The Museum, on South King Street only about six blocks away
from HPU, is a registered National Historic Landmark accredited
by the American Association of Museums. It offers daily historic
houses tours, downtown walking tours, lectures, classes, and
workshops. The historic houses tour starts with the first and
oldest existing frame house in Hawai‘i and includes the first
printing office, which was the birthplace of the written Hawaiian
language, and the Chamberlain House, home of the business agent
for the first Mission to Hawai‘i, the residence of Levi Chamberlain
and his family.
The walking tour gives visitors a chance to explore 19th century
Honolulu. Starting with the frame house, the tour explores the
historic capitol district with stops at buildings and monuments
of special significance including 'Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao
Church, the Territorial Building, and the Judiciary.
The tour teaches the layperson about the interactions that
took place between native Hawaiians, missionaries, and other
foreigners. The museum also presents lectures, classes, and
workshops that give insight into historic 19th century Hawai‘i.
These include all you need to know about the events that led
to the annexation of Hawai‘i, the literacy competencies of Hawaiians
in the mid-1800s, ‘Iolani Palace, the Judiciary History Center,
and the Mission Houses Museum itself. Starting October 17, a
prize-winning poet and painter, W.S. Merwin will be a featured
Among Merwin’s many literary awards and prizes are the Fellowship
of the Academy of American Poets, the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry,
the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, and the Governor’s Award for
Literature. For more information, call 531-0481.