If you're lucky and time your visit just right, you can see this 150-year-old mission house, which serves today as a living museum. It's a real treasure. Others in Honolulu are easier to see, but the Waioli Mission House retains its sense of place and most of its furnishings, so you can really get a clear picture of what life was like for the New England missionaries who came to Kauai to convert the "heathens" to Christianity.
Most mission houses are small, dark Boston cottages that violate the tropical sense of place. This two-story, wood-frame house, built in 1836 by Abner and Lucy Wilcox of New Bedford, Massachusetts, is an excellent example of hybrid architecture. The house features lanais on both stories and a cookhouse in a separate building. It has a lava-rock chimney, ohia-wood floors, and Hawaiian koa furniture.
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- tel: 808/245-3202
- Kuhio Hwy. (Hwy. 560), just behind the green Waioli Huia Church
- Hanalei, HI 96766
- Tours: Tues, Thurs, Sat 9am-3pm
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