Hale Pai at Lahainaluna High School
The Printing Museum is a historical building on the hillside above Lahaina, on the grounds of Lahainaluna High School. It is at 980 Lahainaluna Road. Phone 808-667-7040.
The Hawaiian name for this sight is Hale Pai, which means House of Printing. The current building was constructed in 1837, but the printing press that it houses was first used in this area in 1834. In that year, it printed the first newspaper west of the Rocky Mountains. The printing building was set up by the missionaries, who gave the Hawaiians their first written language and taught them to read. Students here were taught to set type, bind books, and create their textbooks.
The Printing Museum has displays of the original printing press, movable type, 19th century furniture, and numerous photos and books from the era. It’s only open three days per week, so call 808-667-7040 for the current days and hours before you go. Admission is free. The museum is run by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation.
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