Bicentennial 2020

In 1809, a young Hawaiian named ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia found his way to New England and subsequently became the key figure in the development of the mission to Hawai‘i. Unfortunately, ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia died unexpectedly in Connecticut, but his memoir became a best-selling book that helped to fund the Mission.

On October 23, 1819, the Pioneer Company of missionaries from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions set sail for the Hawaiian Islands. They first sighted land on March 30, 1820, and finally anchored at Kailua-Kona, April 4, 1820. Over the next 43 years, 184 men and women in twelve Companies left New England to serve in Hawai‘i.

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Download the Full Bicentennial 2020 Schedule. 

Here is a compiled list of further reading.

View list of twelve Mission companies.

View April 18 – 25, 2020 activities

Bicentennial Books

In December 2018, we published two books which add to the scholarship and understanding of the American Protestant missionaries, those with whom they worked, and the impact of their presence on the history of Hawai`i. They are, Partners in Change: A Biographical Encyclopedia of American Protestant Missionaries in Hawaiʻi and their Hawaiian and Tahitian Colleagues, 1820-1900 and Kōkua Aku, Kōkua Mai: Chiefs, Missionaries, and Five Transformations of the Hawaiian Kingdom.