08/26/2020 Site Closure update

In accordance with the City and State renewed “Stay at Home, Work From Home” guidelines, Hawaiian Mission Houses will temporarily close to the public starting Thurs., August 27. Staff will work remotely and will be available to answer any questions thru email and phone communication, at info@missionhouses.org or (808) 447-3910.  Mahalo for your understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you back onsite soon!


07/07/2020: Re-Opening message:

Welcome back — we’ve missed you! 

Hawaiian Mission Houses is excited to welcome the community back to our site beginning Tuesday, July 14, by reservation only! Please reference the following to schedule your first re-opening 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 https://www.missionhouses.org/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 https://www.missionhouses.org/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 https://www.missionhouses.org/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:

● 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.

● Tour ticket holders will have a temperature scan performed before the tour begins.

● 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!

06/05/2020 Site closure update:

Hawaiian Mission Houses plans to reopen to visitors in July.

Virtual site and school tours available now. Call us!

Bicentennial Week events

This means, unfortunately, we will postpone Bicentennial Week events planned for April 20-25.  The health of our community and ‘ohana, as well as following government mandates, must come first.

We will be sure to let you know as soon as new dates are set for events.

Do remember:  the Bicentennial itself will actually go on! March 30th, less than a week from this writing, will be the 200th anniversary of The Thaddeus sighting Hawai‘i; April 4th, just a few days later, is the 200th anniversary of its anchoring at Kailua-Kona. The 200th anniversaries of the establishment of missions in Kona, Honolulu, and Waimea all follow soon after.  It is humbling to be part of an organization with such longevity, and we know we will find ways to commemorate these dates, even if not as we had originally intended.

Annual Meeting

We will hold our Annual Meeting at its regularly scheduled time on Saturday, April 25, 10:00 am call to order.

The meeting will be held entirely remotely via GoToMeeting.com and will convene only for vital business, including electing the new Trustees.

We anticipate re-scheduling the community parts of the Annual Meeting, such as presentations, Roll Call, acknowledgements, etc., for a later date.

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. 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 Peter T. Young, Board President

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

Update: 03/17/2020

We are grateful to each of you, and to the school children, kama‘āina, researchers, and tourists who make history come alive on our site each day. Out of an abundance of caution and care during these COVID-19 days, and in alignment with governmental recommendations, Hawaiian Mission Houses will temporarily close to the public until at least March 31.

We continue to monitor the situation daily so that we can determine the best course of action as we move forward. Right now, our main responsibility and priority is the safety and good health of our staff, our volunteers, and you, our public.

The entire staff will continue to be available and working remotely over the next weeks.

Please check our website for further updates at www.missionhouses.org. If you have any questions, you can reach us via email at info@missionhouses.org or 808-447-3910.

Mahalo for your understanding, and we look forward to having you back on site in the near future.