Re­live Mis­sion His­tory

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - IT’S A BIG, BIG ISLAND -

Nearly 180 years ago, a New Eng­land mis­sion­ary cou­ple in their early 20s ar­rived in Hilo. It was here that they spent the next 50 years of their lives.

To­day, the Ly­man Mis­sion House is the old­est wood-frame build­ing on the Big Is­land. Built in 1839 by David and Sarah Ly­man, the house is con­structed partly of the lo­cal hard­woods koa and ‘ohia and is fur­nished with orig­i­nal and pe­riod decor.

Take a guided tour to see this his­toric home and hear the Ly­mans’ story.

The Mis­sion House is ad­ja­cent to the only gen­eral Hawai­ian his­tory mu­seum on the is­land. The Smith­so­ni­anaf­fil­i­ated Ly­man Mu­seum has nat­u­ral his­tory ex­hibits on vol­ca­noes and Hawai‘i Is­land habi­tats, along with worl­drenowned col­lec­tions of seashells and min­er­als.

The mu­seum is lo­cated at 276 Haili St. in his­toric down­town Hilo and is open Mon­day through Satur­day, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit­man­mu­ for tour times.

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