Eia Hawai‘i: 1819 – 1841

Na mokupuni o Hawaii nei by Simona P. Kalama, Lahainaluna Seminary. Published by Kulanui Lahainaluna, Maui 1837. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.

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 Hawaii: 1819 – 1841 consists of three exhibits that invite us to better understand our past.

  • Exhibit 1          October – November, 2019
  • Exhibit 2           January – February, 2020
  • Exhibit 3           April – May, 2020




Research, Writing and Edits
Laurel Bowers Husain, Carlyn Tani, Cynthia Wessendorf

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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