This 1830s house would be at home in New England. Missionaries from that part of the world built it on land where Maui chief Kahekili once had his compound. Originally named for the Bailey House for Edward Bailey, second occupant of the house and headmaster of the school that operated here from 1842 to the mid-1850s. In subsequent years it was a private residence and eventually the offices of a sugar plantation.
Downstairs rooms display ancient Hawaiian artifacts as well as furnishings of a typical New England parlor, including the desk where Bailey wrote many letters and made up lessons for the school on the property. Bailey became an accomplished watercolor artist and painted many scenes from this house and its grounds. Some of them are usually on display.
Upstairs, portraits of Hawaiian kings hang on the walls. Note the grand uniform of Kamehameha I. The museum also offers a regular schedule of temporary exhibits devoed to Maui history and Hawaiian culture.
The museum shop has excellent books about the Hawaiian ruling families and state history. The grounds have intriguing artifacts, including a surfboard belonging to Duke Kahanamoku and a canon that may have been used in the terrible ‘Iao Valley battle in 1790.
Add a visit here to a day of visiting ‘Iao Valley.