A look at missionary life in a Hawaiian village.
General: Cost: Paid
Cultural & Historical: Museum / Art Center
Baldwin Home Museum happens to be the oldest house still standing on the entire island of Maui and a Lahaina landmark. The house was originally built between 1834 and 1835 by Reverend Ephraim Spaulding in a missionary compound. In 1836 Rev. Spaulding became ill and returned to Massachusetts at which point Reverend Dwight Baldwin, a medical missionary, moved into the home with his family.
In 1840, they added a bedroom and medical study area onto the house. In 1849 they completed the addition of a second floor and the overall structure you will see now if you visit. The walls are 24 inches thick and made of coral, sand, and lava rock which keeps the interior cool (this was the original "straw bale" house that is gaining popularity today).
In the back you can see bits of the old kitchen foundation and firepit, an area used for cooking, bathing, and the cleaning of dishes and clothes since there wasn't any indoor plumbing in those days. Today, you're able to visit and tour the home and property.
Admission fees are $7 for adults (13+) with discounted prices of $5 for seniors (65+), military (with ID), and Kama'aina (with Hawaii ID). Children 12 and under are free. Admission here also gets you into the nearby Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse.
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