Maui may be known for its stunning beaches and tropical atmosphere, but you can develop a further appreciation for its history at the Bailey House Museum. This quaint landmark packs a big punch: step back in time in the historically accurate mission home filled to the brim with curiosities and cultural artefacts.
When exploring Maui’s gorgeous Iao Valley, plan a stop at the Bailey House Museum, the home of the Maui Historical Society. Its coloured history started in 1833 when it was a mission home on the royal complex of the island’s last ruling chief. It also served as a female seminary and home of artist and missionary Edward Bailey before being placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
An extensive collection of maps, photographs, paintings, Koa furniture and over 2000 artefacts are all under the same roof at Bailey House Museum. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about land snails at the exhibit, which even includes some extinct varieties.
Next, imagine paddling in the 100-year-old Honaunau canoe that they keep on the grounds. Finally, snap a photo with ‘Father of Surfing’ Duke Kahanamoku’s surfboard. Kahanamoku won five Olympic medals for swimming, served as sheriff in his home country 13 times, and brought the sport of surfing to the rest of the world, earning him the title of Ambassador of Aloha. Don’t forget to strike a surfing pose in his honour.
To round out your educational experience, meander through the lush gardens filled with native Hawaiian flora and plants brought over during the missionary era. Then be sure to drop some dollars on souvenirs at the gift shop where you can find traditional Hawaiian crafts, and books by local authors. The museum is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults and $2 for children.