Visitor Information

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is located at 
553 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 447-3910
Fax (808) 545-2280
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Hawaiian Mission Houses was established in 1923 by the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, a private, non-profit organization and genealogical society. It consists of three mission houses that served as homes and workplaces for the first Christian missionaries who came here:

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1821 Mission House (Hale Lā‘au) (1821)

The oldest house in its original location in the Hawaiian Islands, it was shipped around Cape Horn from Boston in 1820 and built in 1821. It was used as a communal home by many missionary families who shared it with island visitors and boarders.

Hear architect Spencer Leineweber talk about the 1821 Mission House



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Chamberlain House (Ka Hale Kamalani) (1831)

The second oldest house in the Hawaiian Islands, in its original location, this house bears the name of the Mission's first secular agent in Hawai`i - Levi Chamberlain. In 1831, Chamberlain contracted for the building of this structure, which was to be used as a depository. The building was made of coral blocks cut away from the ocean reef, which were dried and bleached by the sun. These blocks were arranged and assembled to build the Chamberlain House. From this location, Levi Chamberlain was able to plan out and undertake the disbursement of provisions for the entire Sandwich Islands Mission. It now serves as the historic site's orientation exhibit.

 

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Printing Office (Ka Hale Pa‘i) (1841)

Also built from coral blocks, this structure was completed in 1841 and contains a replica of the first printing press to be brought to Hawaii. It was built as a bedroom annex and used by missionary families and visitors. We now interpret the building as the print shop, which was first built in this general area. In the print shop, which no longer exists, some of the first books and printed materials in Hawai`i were produced. This exhibit shows how early Protestant Missionaries and native Hawaiians collaborated on the production of numerous books and other printed materials first printed in the Hawaiian language. Although there was no written Hawaiian language before 1822, due to the partnership between the Hawaiians and missionaries, within a generation, Hawai`i became one of the most literate nations in the world.

Listen to historian Peter Salter describe the Ramage Press 


 

Mission Statement

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives preserves the heritage and interprets the stories of the American Protestant Missionaries, their descendants, and their relationships with the people and cultures of Hawai`i, connecting with contemporary life, and encouraging a deeper understanding and appreciation for the complex history that continues to shape Hawai`i.

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is a National Historic Landmark and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.