On Saturday, September 28, you can discover Hawaiian arts and culture, learn about Japanese culture in Hawaii, study historic airplanes, and visit a historic sugar plantation.
In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, nine Hawaii museums are opening their doors for Museum Day Live! Just print an official ticket, and you and a guest will gain free admission to their grounds and regular exhibits at one of these museums:
* Hawaiian Mission Houses Historical Site and Archives (10 am to 4 pm, 553 South King Street, Honolulu). The Museum was established in 1920 to preserve three of the historic structures that served as the family homes and headquarters of the first Protestant missionaries to Hawai’i. The houses, built between 1821 and 1841 have now been restored as a museum and are furnished with original artifacts and period reproductions.
* Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (10 am to 4 pm, 2454 South Beretania Street, Honolulu). From taking that first hesitant step off a boat’s wooden plank onto a foreign land to having your patriotism questioned after the bombing of Pearl Harbor – you can experience the multi-generational history of the Japanese in Hawaii.
*’Iolani Palace (9 am to 4 pm, 364 South King Street, Honolulu). ‘Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation, and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalākaua, who built it in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili‘uokalani, walked its celebrated halls.
* Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor (9 am to 5 pm, 319 Lexington Blvd., Historic Ford Island, Honolulu). Located in the historic hangars of Ford Island that survived the surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor houses a collection of period planes, a restoration shop, flight simulators, and a period themed café.
* Queen Emma Summer Palace (9 am to 3 pm, 2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu). Situated in lush Nu‘uanuValley, Queen Emma Summer Palace is one of the few remaining examples of Greek Revival architecture in Hawai‘i. The verdant garden of tropical flowers & trees, both native and introduced, are typical of the 19th century era when Queen Emma used the home to escape the hot & dusty climate of Honolulu. The Palace was saved from demolition in 1913 by the non-profit organization Daughters of Hawai‘i which maintains and operates the historic site and museum.
* Bailey House Museum (10 am to 4 pm, 2375A Main Street, Wailuku). Built in 1833, the Bailey House is now a museum showcasing Hawaiian culture, artifacts, paintings, and furnishings from nineteenth-century Maui. Located in historic Wailuku Maui, Hawaii, built on the site of the Royal compound of Kahekili, last ruling chief of Maui, the house served as the Mission station for the Wailuku Female Seminary for Girls until 1847, and occupied by Edward Bailey and his family until 1888.
* Grove Farm Museum ( 10 am to 3 pm, 4050 Nawiliwili Road, Lihue). Grove Farm is the living history farm and sugar plantation homestead of George Wilcox and is made up of original buildings and collections. The museum also includes authentic sugar plantation steam locomotives with rides in cane cars while sharing the Hawaiian sugar plantation story.
On the Big Island
* Hulihe’e Palace (9 am to 3 pm, 75-5718 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona). Built as a residence for the first governor of Hawai‘i, Hulihe‘e Palace is one of the most historically significant sites on Hawai‘i Island. In 1925 the Palace was leased to the Daughters of Hawai‘i by the Territory of Hawai‘i and continues to be maintained and operated by the non-profit organization today.
* Lyman Museum and Mission House (10 am to 4:30 pm, 276 Haili St., Hilo). The Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai’i in its exhibit halls and its 1839 Lyman Mission House. The Museum offers unique educational and cultural experiences for visitors through its Earth and Island Heritage Galleries and Historic Home.
Do you have a favorite museum? Where will a museum take you this weekend?