On October 23, 1819, a double-masted, 85-foot-long ship set sail from Boston Harbor, headed for the Sandwich Islands (Hawai‘i). On board were 14 missionaries and four young Hawaiian men, filled with zeal to bring the gospel to a “heathen” nation.1 After their arrival on April 4, 1820, the relationships cultivated between ali‘i and missionaries indelibly shaped the history of Hawai‘i and led to the founding of Punahou School.
Today, in recognition of these events two hundred years ago, we take the opportunity to reflect on this complex history.
Eia Hawai‘i: 1819 – 1841 consists of three exhibits that invite us to better understand our past.
Kauikeaouli was Hawai‘i’s longest-reigning monarch, ruling as Kamehameha III from 1825 – 1854. This exhibit is named “Ke Ao Uli” excerpted from his name, to recognize the King’s pivotal rule during this period.
Exhibit Advisors and Contributors Malia Ane, Bonnie Christensen, Mari-jo Hirata, Kimo Keaulana, Marion Lyman-Mersereau, Kylee Mar, Puakea Nogelmeier, Dita Ramler-Reppun, Ke‘alohi Reppun, Lynette Roster, Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit, Carlyn Tani, Peter Young
Exhibit Content Review David Ball, Christopher Cook, Ted Demura-Devore, Emma Maguire, Pam Sakamoto, Erik Swanson, Denise Wong
Project Support Kathy Nelson and Jim Scott for providing the opportunity for this project. Noe Archambault and Mike Latham for their ongoing support.
Community Support American Bible Society Brook and Deena Parker of HawaiianAtArt in honor of Kame‘e Parker ’18. Christopher Cook Hawai‘i State Archives Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum and Archives: Elizabeth Po‘oloa, Director of Operations and Collections Honolulu Museum of Art Ho‘okuleana LLC, Peter T. Young Iolani Palace Kamehameha Schools Press Mānoa Heritage Center Mokuaikaua Church Torringford Congregational Church Ulukau: the Hawaiian Electronic Library University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library Williams College Museum of Art Yale University Art Gallery
In honor of my kūpuna, Mele Holokahiki, Pololū Valley, and Gerrit Parmele Judd, Third Company.
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