History of HMCS and Founding of HMH

The Hawaiian Mission Children's Society (HMCS), the parent organization of the Hawaiian Mission Houses, was established in 1852 to support the work of Congregational missionaries in the Hawaiian archipelago and other regions of the Pacific. 

Early in the 20th century, the HMCS turned its focus to collecting historical records of American Protestant missionaries working and residing in this region beginning in 1820. In 1923, the Society opened a museum in Honolulu on the site of the former headquarters of the Sandwich Islands Mission, which was established in 1820.

In 1974, the Mission Houses Museum (MHM) received accreditation from the American Association of Museums and in 2011 was renamed the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives. Today, HMH functions as a historic site, a research archives, and a cultural center with rich and comprehensive collections of materials. It remains a primary source of information about the American Protestant missionary experience in Hawai‘i and serves as a time capsule of 19th-century American history. Membership in the historic site and archives is open to all.

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. (Mission Statement, December, 2011)

For more information, select from these links

       • Support Us!

       • Hawaiian Mission Houses Archives

       • Genealogy and Cemetery Information

       • 2018 Roster of HMCS

       • Cemetery Policies

       Maile Wreath (newsletter) Archives 

      • Board of Trustees, 2018 - 2019


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Listen to Hawaiian Mission Houses docent Mary Judd
share her perception of Hawaiian missionary life

Part 1

Part 2