Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia ʻŌpūkahaʻia, portrait by Samuel F.B. Morse, 1816. Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives.
Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia played a pivotal role in inspiring the missionary presence in Hawai‘i. His avid embrace of Christianity, told in the best-selling Memoirs of Henry Obookiah, created a compelling vision of what the missionaries could accomplish in these far-off lands.