The Bailey House Museum, one of Maui’s oldest surviving structures, now known as Hale Hō’ike’ike, is a jewel in the community. Located in historic Wailuku and operated by the Maui Historical Society, Hale Hō’ike’ike was dedicated as a museum on July 6th, 1957 and placed on the National and Hawaii Registers of Historic Places in 1972. The site offers a major collection of Hawaiian artifacts. The Archival Resource Center includes over 10,000 historic photos as well as maps, manuscripts, genealogy records, historical documents and more than 2,000 Hawaiian objects.
Hale Hō’ike’ike Executive Director Naomi “Sissy” Lake-Farm, a Hawaiian cultural practitioner and Kumu Hula (master hula teacher) shifted the museum’s emphasis from strictly visitor admissions to community engagement. “I am enthusiastically celebrating my sixth year as executive director,” said Lake-Farm. “I feel a deep kuleana (responsibility) and connection to the history of the land and the museum’s mission. As caretakers of the land, we share the history and heritage of Maui through the artifacts, photographs, and documents that are entrusted to our care. It is essential that the cultural roots and history that define our community will continue to be there for future generations.”
Built as a mission house in 1833, Hale Hō’ike’ike’s location is the former royal compound of King Kahekili II, the last ruling chief of Maui. It was transformed into the Wailuku Female Seminary in 1837, and remained the home of missionary teacher and artist Edward Bailey and his family until 1888. Over the years, private donors, various organizations, and local families helped build the extraordinary collection. Today, the museum showcases Hawaiian culture and artifacts, as well as paintings and furnishings of nineteenth-century Maui, a museum gift shop, and the Chas Fisher Memorial Gardens including native and missionary-era flora and fauna.
Lake-Farm added, “I have an amazing and knowledgeable staff to help me. Together we offer numerous community activities such as guided tours, educational workshops, lecture series, and Hawaiian music concerts. On Saturday, February 29th beginning at 5pm we have a Moonlight Mele at Hale Hō’ike’ike with Uncle George Kahumoku, UHMC Institute of Hawaiian Music, and Tarvin Makia.”
I love sharing Maui’s past, present, and future with the community. My dad, John Keola Lake, was a renowned historian here in Hawaii and also a Kumu Hula. I was born into this work!
Naomi “Sissy” Lake-Farm, Hale Hō’ike’ike Executive Director