For the benefit of both our residents and visitors, and in cooperation with others we strive to faithfully restore, maintain and interpret the physical, historical, and cultural legacy of Lahaina, Maui, first capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
The Baldwin House

In 1834 construction began on the Baldwin Home and was completed in 1835. The thick walls were made of coral and stone. The structure was sturdy consisting of hand-hewn timbers. In 1840, a bedroom and study was added, and in 1849, an entire second story was completed.

The owner, the Reverend Dwight Baldwin had his medical training at Harvard College prior to his theological studies. His educational background coupled with many natural abilities guided him to be helpful in the establishment of a system of just and democratic laws and most importantly the education of the Hawaiian people who learned much besides religion. They were taught reading and writing in Hawaiian and English trained in agriculture and mechanics, studied the practical arts in the high school above Lahaina; and finally learned to understand constitutional government, diplomacy and finance. As a practicing physician, Rev. Baldwin helped save the people of Maui, Molokai and Lanai from the scourge of smallpox during the terrible epidemic of 1853.

The home itself, the household furniture, the aged photographs and artifacts, the displays and library present a fascinating picture of the busy Sandwich Isles life as lived by a missionary who was both a physician and a constructive community force.

The faithful restoration of the Baldwin Home by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation is based on careful documentary and archeological research. It is part of the Lahaina National Historical American Buildings Survey. It was deeded to the Foundation by the H.P. Baldwin Estate in 1967. It can never be sold and will remain in the Public Domain in perpetuity.