Bailey House Museum
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2375 W Main St · interesting places nearby
Bailey House Museum information
This evocative museum occupies the 1833 home of Wailuku’s first Christian missionary, Edward Bailey. The 2nd story, decorated with Bailey’s sparse furnishings, reflects his era.
But it’s the Hawaiian section on the ground floor that holds the real intrigue. Check out the display of spears and shark-tooth daggers (ouch!) used in the bloody battles at nearby ʻIao Valley. There’s also a notable collection of native wood bowls, stone adzes, feather lei and tapa cloth.
Don’t miss the 10ft redwood surfboard that surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku rode and the koa fishing canoe (c 1900), both in an outdoor exhibit near the parking lot.