Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
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The determined Hawaii missionaries arrived in 1820, gaining royal favor and influencing a wide array of island life. Their descendants became leaders in government, business, and education. At Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (previously Mission Houses Museum), you can learn about their influence and walk through their original dwellings, including Hawaii's oldest Western-style wooden structure, a white-frame house that was prefabricated in New England and shipped around the Horn. Certain areas of the museum may be seen only on one of the hourly guided tours. Docents paint an excellent picture of what mission life was like. Rotating displays showcase such arts as Hawaiian quilting, portraits, even toys, and a rich archival library is also open to the public.