Keopuolani RoomThis is the largest public collection of Hawaiian artifacts in Maui County. The Keopuolani Room is the best exhibit of hawaiian antiquities to be found anywhere on the Island of Maui; and includes the best preserved and rarest artifacts from Hawaii’s pre-western contact era. Here is some of what you will find in the Keopuolani Room:
- Kapa (Paper used as clothing)
- ‘Ohe Kapala
- Kamapua‘a (the demi god)
- Ko‘i (Stone axes)
- Pohaku Ku‘i Poi (Poi pounders)
- Pohaku Hōʻoikaika strength testing stone
- Sennit (braided coconut fiber for rope)
- Mea ku‘i (pestle)
- Ipu Pohaku (stone cup)
- Pohaku Puka (door stone)
- Assorted Lei – Shell, nut, feather, human hair, canine teeth, et cetera
- Lauhala (Woven Mats)
- Weapons & Warfare
- Fishing Implements
- Kaho‘olawe Artifacts
The Kawananakoa Room pays homage to our Nā Mōʻi Hawaiʻi and named after David Kawananakoa, one of Hawaiʻi’s most celebrated aristocrats. In this room you will find:
- The Complete History of Nā Mō‘ī Hawai‘i (The Hawaiian Monarchy)
- General Grant’s Table (1869-1877)
- Reciprocity Treaty Silver Presentation Cup
- Souvenir Print of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in West Minster Abby
- Ku’u Hae Aloha Flag Quilt (Our Beloved Flag)
- The Black Dress was one of two dresses worn to King Kalākaua’s coronation in 1874.
- The Beaver Hat with Pheasant Hatband was worn at the funeral of Prince Kuhio in 1919, by Sam Kalama who was the first “Mayor” of Maui.
- Photo of Prince Kuhio’s Funeral procession in front of the Iolani Palace – Prince Kuhio would have been the last in line to inherit the throne. His body being carried under a European style canopy, led by feathered kahili which were influenced by the European opulence (kahili were originally ti stalks and leaves).
The Kepoikai Room Features Missionary Era Artifacts. In this Room you will find:
- Historic Photo of The “Old Bailey House”
- The History of Rev. Jonathan Green & Theodotia Green
- The History of Mr. Edward Bailey & Mrs. Caroline Bailey
- The History of Miss Lydia Brown Miss
- The History of Maria Ogden
- Free Standing China Cabinet
- Men’s Koa Wardrobe
- Koa Four Poster Bed
- Koa Bench, Koa Table, and Koa Bassinette
Halau Wa’a (Canoe House)
This building and outdoor display houses:
- Honaunau (100+ year old canoe)
- Duke Kahanamoku’s Surfboard (Made of Redwood)
Edward Bailey began painting in 1865 after a visit to Maui by American artist Enoch Wood Perry. He painted perhaps 100 oils, 26 of which are in the MHS collection. His style of painting was that of the Hudson River Schools. There is no record that Mr. Bailey had any training as an artist, but as soon as he arrived on Maui he was making “dozens” of sketches for students at Lahainaluna to engrave.
The Keoni Room was the first building built on the property. This room features plantation era history and Dwight Baldwin’s land snail collection which is the most extensive collection of rare, endangered, and even extinct species of Hawaiian Land Snails.
The Kawika Room (dining hall) was the last building built for the Wailuku Female Seminary. It is now used for changing exhibits and events. Check our listings for scheduled events.
Kuai (Museum Store)
The Museum Store carries unique items, many created by local Hawaiian artists and crafts people, as well as books of Hawaiian interest and CDs of Hawaiian music. All proceeds from the Museum Shop go to the Maui Historical Society and help to support the museum.