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
Sissy Lake-Farm, Executive Director
Viola Yee, Administration and Operations Assistant
Marianne Klaus, Archives Assistant
FY 2013 Board of Trustees
PRESIDENT: Luise Braun
VICE PRESIDENT: Melissa Kirkendall
SECRETARY: Tanya Lee-Greig
TREASURER: Bryce Thayer
PAST PRESIDENT: Jane Lovell
Patti Chevalier, Robert "Bunky" Gannon, Jordan Hart, Brian Moto, Hokuao Pellegrino, Caleb Rowe,
Donna Ting, John Hau'oli Tomoso