Home of Missionary Reverend Dwight Baldwin
Missionaries came from the United States to the Hawaiian islands in the 1800’s to educate the Hawaiian people and introduce them to Christianity. A physician and minister named Dwight Baldwin, and his wife Charlotte, were two of those missionaries who came from Connecticut. In 1835, they moved into a house in Lahaina, constructed of stone, coral and timber. That house still stands today, with interior and exterior showing the way it looked when the Baldwins lived there. It is called the Baldwin Home Museum, at 696 Front Street, in Lahaina. Phone 808-661-3262.
Baldwin and other missionaries taught the Hawaiians to read and write in both English and Hawaiian. They established the high school above Lahaina, that still exists as Lahainaluna High School. Descendants of the Baldwins went on to develop the irrigation system and sugar cane industry on Maui.
Also called the Baldwin house, this home is presently maintained and run by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. Small entrance fee. Other historic places in Lahaina that are run by this foundation include the Old Lahaina Courthouse, the Masters Reading Room, the Lahaina Heritage Museum, Banyan Tree Park, the Lahaina Lighthouse, Wo Hing Museum, Hale Paahao Prison, Hale Aloha, Seamen’s Hospital, Hale Pai Museum, Pioneer Mill Smokestack and Locomotives, Plantation Museum, and Lahaina Historic Trail. Visit the foundation’s gift shop in the courthouse behind the banyan tree for more information about any of those.
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Baldwin Home Museum photos
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