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Place Category: Maui Activities
Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House is located in Wailuku off of Main street above Wailuku town on the way to Iao Valley.
Originally the Wailuku Female Seminary for Hawaiian Girls from 1832-1849 it remained the home of the Bailey family until 1888, and was built on the site of the Royal Compound of Kahekili (the last ruling Chief of Maui).
Today it is the home to the Hale Hōʻikeʻike and is one of the only museums on the island and is an important beacon to help enlighten us all about the history of Hawaii.
In the museum hang paintings of Maui Landscapes from the 1800’s, tools and weapons (some that use shark teeth made by the Kanaka Moali (local Polynesians) before being discovered by the Europeans) are out on display and photographs of the Royal family and the lineage of the Kingdom of Hawaii decorate the walls upstairs.
The grounds are fun for the little ones to run around in which house a cool canoe hale, which displays a 100 year-old canoe Honaunau and a surfboard formerly owned by Duke Kahanamoku!
However, what I like about the museum is the really informative video documenting the history of Hawaii and eventual (illegal) annexation by the United States. I encourage everyone that lives here to go watch it (once we know better we do better).
You can request a guided tour and also pick up a walking map of The Wailuku Historic District to check out afterwards. Opening hours are Mon-Sat 10am-4pm and admission is free for children 6 and under, $2 for 7-12 years and $7 for adults while seniors are $5.
They also hold unique Hawaiian events like the Moonlight Mele Concert with George Kahumoku, Jr. & Friends and Lei Day Heritage Festival. Click here for more info on events.
To find out more information about this museum you can check out their website at www.mauimuseum.org or call (808) 244-3326.