All About Bailey House Museum
The Maui Historical Society, founded in 1951 and chartered in 1956, is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization and is the oldest historical and preservation society on Maui.
The Mission Statement of the Maui Historical Society is “To collect, preserve, study, interpret and share the history and heritage of Maui.” As caretakers of the land, artifacts, photographs and documents entrusted to our care, it is our responsibility to ensure that the cultural roots and history that define our community will continue to be there for future generations.
The Maui Historical Society runs Bailey House Museum
The Bailey House is a mission home built in 1833 on the royal compound of Kahekili, last ruling chief of Maui, at the mouth of ʻīao Valley and former site of the Wailuku Female Seminary for Hawaiian girls (1837-1849). It was the home of missionary teacher Edward Bailey and his family until 1888. The Bailey House opened as a museum in 1957. The .7 acre historic site was placed on the National and Hawaiʻi Registers of Historic Places in 1972.
The Bailey House Museum is open to the public six days a week and exhibits:
-The largest collection of Hawaiian Artifacts on exhibit in Maui County.
-19th century missionary artifacts, koa furniture and the paintings of Hawaii by Edward Bailey
-Archeological and Natural History Materials
-The 100 year-old canoe Honaunau and a surfboard that belonged to Duke Kahanamoku
The Maui Historical Society also operates:
• An Archival Resource Center, which preserves and makes available for research:
-A 2,000 piece artifact collection
-An Archives including maps, manuscripts, genealogies, biographies, and the documents of various organizations and businesses
-A Research Library
-A Photo Collection of over 8,000 historic photographs
• Chas Fisher Memorial Gardens which feature native Hawaiian plants that were important in Hawaiian culture, as well as non-native plants typical of the missionary era.
• A Museum Shop of outstanding quality, selling Hawaii-made crafts and books
The Maui Historical Society:
• Works for the preservation and promotion of Maui’s history
• Collects materials and information related to the history of Maui
• Conducts school tours and teacher programs
• Conducts classes, lectures and other public programs to promote an appreciation of Maui’s history and culture
• Shares its collection through special exhibits at the museum and other public places
• Publishes a biannual newsletter, which promotes the Society’s mission, events, Maui’s history and the Bailey House Museum collection.
MAUI HISTORICAL SOCIETY STAFF
Naomi "Sissy" Lake-Farm, Executive Director
Naomi “Sissy” Lake-Farm is the daughter of Barbara and John Keola Lake. Although born and raised on O`ahu, her family roots trace back to the museum grounds through ke ali`i Kahekili. She is the granddaughter of Kealoha and John M. Lake and the niece of Maiki Aiu Lake, her first kumu hula, and Kahauanu Lake of the Kahauanu Lake Trio. Hula has allowed her to travel the world and together with her brother, fellow Kumu Hula Kapono`ai Molitau, they continue their traditions through their hālau, Nā Hanona Kūlike `O Pi`ilani. She and her husband, Kyle Ēlama Farm, have educated their three children through the Hawaiian language immersion schools, where they continue to be avid and enthusiastic supporters.
Kekai Robinson, Executive Assistant
Kekai Robinson is the third generation of her family to be working for the Society. Born and raised across the street from the museum, she is a graduate of Kamehameha, Kapālama and has an AA in Liberal Arts from the University of Hawaii with a focus in Hawaiian language, Hawaiian studies, and education. She is a Hawaiian cultural practitioner and a member of Hālau Nā Hanona Kūlike `O Pi`ilani and Lae`ula O Kai Canoe Club. She and her husband, Paul, live in Waiehu Kou and have three sons.
Viola Yee, Administration and Operations Assistant
Viola Yee is a graduate of Florida International University majoring in International Relations. She and her husband moved to Maui from Marco Island, Florida in 2012 and she enjoys learning about Maui’s history.
Marianne Klaus, Archives Assistant
Marianne Klaus moved to Maui in 2012 from Chicago, where she worked as an object conservator at the Field Museum. She also creates beautiful and unique pottery, which she sells through the Bailey House Museum’s gift shop as well as Hui No`eau and Etsy.
Kiele Tabbal, Volunteer Coordinator
Kiele Tabbal is a graduate of Maui High School and has many years of experience in business management and retail. Kiele was brought up, in part by his Grandfather "Rudy" Tabbal (retired Irrigation Supervisor for Pioneer Mill) and his wife "Bernie" Tabbal who inspired a strong sense of civic duty and love of Maui's rich history. Kiele is a former member of both the Maui Portuguese Cultural Club and the Wailuku Junior Tennis Club.
Gabrielle Lindsey, Student Intern
MAUI HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014-2015
Bryce Thayer, President & Treasurer
Tanya Lee-Greig, Secretary
Robert "Bunky" Gannon
Robert “Bunky” Gannon is a docent at both the A & B Sugar Museum and the Bailey House Museum. He has been married to Virginia “Aunty Ginger” Vockrodt for 41 years and they have four children and thirteen grandchildren. Born on Maui, he attended Paia School, Kaunoa School, and Baldwin High School and went on to run Maui Disposal for 20 years and was once the Chairman of the Maui Chamber of Commerce.
Alfred Hinano Kaumeheiwa
Alfred Hinano Kaumeheiwa is retired from the State of Hawaii, Department of Education. Born and raised on Maui, he graduated from San Jose State University and then served in the United States Army. He is a volunteer with the Maui Interscholastic League, Native Hawaiian Educators Association Maui, the Maui `Ukulele Guild and the `Ukulele Guild of Hawaii.
Brian T. Moto
Brian T. Moto is the Special Assistant to the Chancellor, UH Maui College. Prior to this appointment, he served as Corporation Counsel for the County of Maui. He is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Brian is a past president, treasurer, and secretary of the Board of Directors of the Maui Historical Society. He is a resident of Pukalani.
Caleb Rowe is an attorney for the Department of Corporation Counsel, County of Maui. He grew up in `Īao Valley and fondly remembers visiting the Bailey House throughout his childhood. When he isn't working or dedicating his time to the Bailey House, Caleb is a coach, volunteer, advocate and family member with Special Olympics Maui and has been involved in several political campaigns. A 2001 graduate of Baldwin High School, Caleb is proud to be on the Maui Historical Society Board of Directors.
John A. Hau`oli Tomoso
John A. Hau`oli Tomoso, MSW, ACSW, LSW is the Executive Director of Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. with 37 years of practice in public and private social work. He is a member of the Hawaii Public Health Association, Hawaii Public Health Institute, March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter Maui Branch Committee, and the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce and he is now a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii. He has two children and three grandchildren and has been married to his wife, Susan D. Tomoso, for 38 years.
Edwina Wilson-Snyder is a retired administrator for the State of Hawaii, Department of Education and a Bailey descendant. She is a graduate of St. Anthony School and Whittier College. She participates in numerous County and State Task Force Advisory Councils, non-profit agencies, unions, political parties and County commissions. She and her husband travel the world and explore the hidden treasures of Maui through Kaunoa Senior Center while enjoying special time with their grandchildren.
Luise Braun, Past President