This charming historic structure on the main street across from Kaahumanu Church was built for missionaries Edward and Caroline Bailey in 1833 on the former site of the Hawaiian royal compound. Lava rock and native woods including koa were used in the construction of the building which originally housed the Wailuku Female Seminary.
This was Maui’s first Hawaiian girl’s school and later it was the Baileys’ home. Now known as the Bailey House Museum, the site is run by the Maui Historical Society and also goes by the Hawaiian name Hale Hoikeike, meaning House of Display. Bailey House Museum displays a variety of missionary artifacts as well as Hawaiian artifacts and 19th-century paintings by Edward Bailey. Historic gardens on the grounds contain native Hawaiian plants as well as plants typical of the missionary era. The Museum Gift Shop sells books and Hawaiian handicrafts.
Bailey House Museum (808-244-3326) is located at 2375 Main Street in Wailuku and is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 to 4. From Kahului follow Kaahumanu Hwy. (Hwy. 32) west from Kahului toward Wailuku. The road becomes Hwy. 320 and you will see Bailey House Museum on the left just after Kehalani Parkway.