Hawaiian Mission Houses’ tours are capped at 6 people. Reservations are strongly recommended, with walk-ins allowed based on availability, research visits by appointment, and the gift shop is open for limited walk-in shopping or curbside pick-up.


Safe Access O‘ahu

Per the City & County of Honolulu’s recent order*, effective Monday, September 13, 2021, visitors and members who wish to enter the museum for a period of 15 minutes or longer must show state-approved proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of negative test result within the past 48 hours of desired entry.

Hawaiian Mission Houses personnel will conduct temperature checks for visitors and ask for proof of vaccination or negative test against official identification at the front prior to check-in.

Valid proof includes:

  • A hard copy of a state-approved vaccination card;
  • A photography/digital copy of a state-approved vaccination card;
  • Or a Hawai‘i state-approved digital/smart device application confirming full vaccination status.

Proof will be checked against valid identification which confirms that the person requesting entrance is the same person reflected on the proof of vaccination or negative test. This means that the identification must contain either the name of the individual and a photo of the individual; or the name of the individual and the individual’s date of birth. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Driver’s license
  • Non-driver government ID card
  • Passport
  • School or work ID card

Visitors who pass the temperature check and can provide proof of vaccination or a negative test may proceed to visitor/member check-in.

If a visitor does not pass the temperature check and/or cannot provide proof of vaccination or a negative test, they will be denied entry into the museum; any applicable refunds will be handled after-the-fact by Hawaiian Mission Houses staff.

A map of COVID-19 testing sites can be found on the City & County of Honolulu’s OneOahu.org website. Not all sites offer free testing and their hours may fluctuate from day to day, so please call them to confirm their hours and pricing.

Please note that the negative test result required must be from an FDA approved, or FDA EUA approved, molecular or antigen test. Hawaiian Mission Houses is not able to accept any undated negative COVID-19 test results.

Guests are also asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing, both indoors and outdoors, during their visit.

Mahalo for your kōkua in keeping Hawaiian Mission Houses a safe place to visit and work!

*Order 10, Sections A and B, of the City and County of Honolulu Emergency Order No. 2021-11 dated August 30, 2021. More information can be found here.  Also see Oahu’s Safe Access program website for more.

Welcome back — we’ve missed you! 

Hawaiian Mission Houses is excited to welcome the community back to our site by reservation only! Please reference the following to schedule your visit:

Historic House Tours: Tours will be held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11a and 1p, and Saturdays 11a, 1p and 3p. Tickets are free for kama‘āina for the first month! There will be a five person maximum, and tours may be booked as combined groups or requested as private (limited to visitors from one household). Use of masks inside, hand sanitizer and temperature scans at the door will be required. There will be no walk-in tour bookings at this time. Reserve tickets at least 24 hours in advance at http://zn1.08f.myftpupload.com/tours-and-programs

*If you have an ‘ohana group that is larger than five people, please call about tour possibilities. (808) 447-3910

Perspectives Tours: Hawaiian Mission Houses will continue offering its three new “Perspectives” tours started last year, offering deeper insights into the site from historical, architectural, and Native Hawaiian perspectives. Offered once a week, each of these tours will be given virtually and require pre-reservation. Reserve tickets at least 24 hours in advance at http://zn1.08f.myftpupload.com/special-tours

Gift Shop: The Gift Shop will be open for walk-in shopping Tuesdays and Fridays 10:30am to 2:30pm and Saturdays 10:30am to 3pm. The store has a maximum capacity of 6 people to maintain social distancing, so please be aware we may need to ask visitors to wait outside to limit store capacity. Use of masks inside and hand sanitizer at the door will be required. Online order pick-up will also be available during these times. Place orders at http://zn1.08f.myftpupload.com/gift-shop/

Library Reading Room: Appointments will be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 12p. There will be no walk-in research available at this time. Please book your appointment through with Curator of Archives/Librarian Kelsey Karsin at kkarsin@missionhouses.org.

Grounds: The grounds may be reserved for small group (under 10 people) activity with pre-reservation.Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. There will be no drop-in gatherings permitted at this time. To reserve, contact Director of Operations and Collections Elizabeth Po‘oloa at epooloa@missionhouses.org.

Virtual School Tours: Hawaiian Mission Houses is honored to have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to convert our School Tours into a virtual format. We have already piloted these programs, in both ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i and English, during the 2020 Summer and are happy to schedule Virtual School Tours now or for the 2020-21 school year. Contact School Programs Coordinator Yvonne Manipon at ymanipon@missionhouses.org for more information.

Our new reality has shaped some new procedures at Hawaiian Mission Houses, in order to keep visitors and staff safe as we invite you back to our beautiful campus. Please be aware of the following requirements for visiting:

● Reservations are required for tours and research appointments, no walk-ins at this time. 

● Cloth face covering will be required while on campus.

● Observe social distancing at all times, keep at least a six foot distance between yourself and others.

● Use of hand sanitizer will be required before entering any interior space at Hawaiian Mission Houses.

● All visitors will have a temperature scan performed before their scheduled tour or appointment in the Reading Room.

● Please do not visit if you have traveled outside of Hawaii within the last 14 days OR have not met the state requirements for the Safe Travels program:

    • You may visit HMH within 14 days of your arrival to Oʻahu if you have met these requirements and can show your pre-travel negative COVID-19 test result demonstrating that you do not need to quarantine. More info on the state requirements here: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/
    • On or after 15 days of your arrival, you do not need to provide this.

● Please do not visit if you have had contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 

● Please do not visit if you have traveled outside of Hawaii within the last 14 days.

● Please do not visit if you are feeling ill or have any of the following symptoms or are taking medication to alleviate the following symptoms:

○ Fever, sore throat, new cough and congestion, headache, runny nose, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of taste or smell, tiredness/fatigue, muscle ache, chest pain/pressure.

Thank you for staying connected with Hawaiian Mission Houses during the past months while our site was temporarily closed. We hope you have enjoyed the daily “Connecting With History” feature on our website and social media, as well as our Cemetery Pupu Theatre performance of “Woman’s Triumph: Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment” online. Please watch for more online programming in upcoming months, and come join us on site now as well!

Hawaiian Mission Houses Staff Work

Our entire staff continues to be available and working remotely on daily functions, while also working on larger scope or longer-term projects. The historic structures and permanent collections continue to receive the same high level of care from our collections and maintenance staff. A huge mahalo nui to them for their work and adaptability.

Your Support

A reminder that your support continues to be vital for our organization at this time. If you have not yet donated for 2020, wish to make monthly pledges to become an 1820 Club member, or would like to make an additional contribution to Hawaiian Mission Houses, contact Elizabeth Lentz-Hill at (808) 447-3927 or elentzhill@missionhouses.org, or donate online here.

All the best to each of you—you make Hawaiian Mission Houses the remarkable historic organization it is.  

The Executive Team and Patricia Morgan, Board President

www.missionhouses.org. info@missionhouses.org  (808) 447-3910.