Updates on Bicentennial Commemoration Events, April-May 2020

In compliance with Mayor Caldwell and Governor Ige’s orders to “Stay at Home/Work at Home” due to COVID-19 precautions, Hawaiian Mission Houses will continue its site closure and remote working until at least April 30, 2020.

All Bicentennial events in Kona, Waimea, and Honolulu have been postponed. 

We will have our Annual Meeting remotely—click here for more information.

Keep watching this website and our weekly email for updates, and enjoy our new daily “Connecting with History” feature here!

To get our weekly email with updates on Hawaiian Mission Houses events and programs, send your email address to info@missionhouses.org

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.

The Bicentennial is Here!

april 2020

wed01apr9:00 am10:00 am9:00 AM Thanksgiving Service at Mokuʻaikaua Church9:00 am – 10:00 am 75-5713 Aliʻi Drive

sat04apr9:00 am6:00 pmPOSTPONED All Day Events Hawaiʻi Island – Kailua-Kona FREE 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

sat04apr11:00 am12:00 pmPOSTPONED 11 am Hawaiʻi Island – Making Ali‘i Letters Alive – Focus on Kailua-Kona Station FREE11:00 am – 12:00 pm 75-5713 Aliʻi Drive

sat04apr11:00 am2:00 pmPOSTPONED 11 am Hawaiʻi Island – Performances at Hulihe‘e Palace Grounds FREE11:00 am – 2:00 pm 75-5718 Alii Dr

sat04apr12:00 pm1:00 pmPOSTPONED 12 pm Hawaiʻi Island – Kamehameha School Choir FREE12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 75-5713 Aliʻi Drive

sat04apr1:00 pm2:00 pmPOSTPONED 1 pm Hawaiʻi Island – Making Ali‘i Letters Alive – Focus on Honolulu Station FREE1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 75-5713 Aliʻi Drive

sat04apr3:00 pm4:00 pmPOSTPONED 3 pm Hawaiʻi Island – Making Ali‘i Letters Alive – Focus on Waimea Mission Station FREE3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 75-5713 Aliʻi Drive

sat04apr3:00 pm9:00 pmPOSTPONED 3 pm Hawaiʻi Island – Evening Luau on Kailua Pier Ticketed3:00 pm – 9:00 pm Kaahumanu Pl

sun05apr9:00 am10:30 am9 am Hawaiʻi Island – Bicentennial Celebration Service at Moku‘aikaua Church FREE9:00 am – 10:30 am 75-5713 Aliʻi Drive

fri17apr7:00 pm8:30 pmPOSTPONED Ke Kula Keiki Ali’i: Royal School | Honolulu Theatre for Youth – Tenney Theatre Ticketed7:00 pm – 8:30 pm 229 Queen Emma Square

sat18apr10:00 am3:00 pmPOSTPONED 10 am Open House Family Day FREE10:00 am – 3:00 pm 553 S. King Street

sun19apr10:00 am3:00 pmPOSTPONED 10 am Open House Free Tours FREE10:00 am – 3:00 pm 553 S. King Street

sun19apr2:00 pm3:30 pmPOSTPONED Ke Kula Keiki Ali’i: The Royal School | Honolulu Theatre for Youth – Tenney Theatre Ticketed2:00 pm – 3:30 pm 553 S. King Street

mon20apr10:00 am3:00 pmPOSTPONED 10 am Open House Free Tours FREE10:00 am – 3:00 pm 553 S. King Street

mon20apr2:00 pm3:00 pmPOSTPONED 2 pm Literacy Forum FREE2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 553 S. King Street

mon20apr3:30 pm4:30 pmPOSTPONED 3:30 pm New Books & Research FREE3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 553 S. King Street

mon20apr5:30 pm7:00 pmPOSTPONED 5:30 pm Making Ali‘i Letters Alive – Focus on Waimea Mission Station Ticketed5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 553 S. King Street

tue21apr1:00 am4:30 pmPOSTPONED 3:30 pm New Books & Research FREE1:00 am – 4:30 pm 553 S. King Street

tue21apr10:00 am3:00 pmPOSTPONED 10 am Open House Free Tours FREE10:00 am – 3:00 pm 553 S. King Street

tue21apr10:00 am11:00 amPOSTPONED 10 am Mission Cemetery Tour FREE10:00 am – 11:00 am 553 S. King Street

tue21apr3:00 pm4:00 pmPOSTPONED 3 pm Architecture Tour3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 553 S. King Street

wed22apr10:00 am11:00 amPOSTPONED 10 am Oahu Cemetery Tour – focus on Missionary Families FREE10:00 am – 11:00 am 553 S. King Street

wed22apr10:00 am3:00 pmPOSTPONED 10 am Open House Free Tours FREE10:00 am – 3:00 pm 553 S. King Street

wed22apr3:00 pm4:00 pmPOSTPONED 3 pm Hawaiian Perspectives Tour Ticketed3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 553 S. King Street

wed22apr4:00 pm6:00 pmPOSTPONED 4 pm Historic Walking Tour and History Theatre Ticketed4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 553 S. King Street

wed22apr7:00 pm9:00 pmPOSTPONED 7 pm Pau Hana Music Concert featuring Amy Hānaiali‘i Gilliom Ticketed7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 957 Punchbowl Street

thu23apr10:00 am3:00 pmPOSTPONED 10 am Open House Free Tours FREE10:00 am – 3:00 pm 553 S. King Street

thu23apr2:00 pm3:00 pmPOSTPONED 2 pm Tahiti and the Tahitians relationships to Hawaiʻi during 1812-1822 FREE2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 553 S. King Street

thu23apr3:30 pm4:30 pmPOSTPONED 3:30 pm New Books & Research FREE3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 553 S. King Street

thu23apr5:30 pm7:00 pmPOSTPONED 5:30 pm Making Ali‘i Letters Alive – Focus on Kailua-Kona Station Ticketed5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 553 S. King Street

fri24apr10:00 am11:00 amPOSTPONED 10 am Mission Cemetery Tour FREE10:00 am – 11:00 am 553 S. King Street

fri24apr10:00 am3:00 pmPOSTONED 10 am Open House Free Tours FREE10:00 am – 3:00 pm 553 S. King Street

fri24apr3:00 pm4:00 pmPOSTPONED 3 pm History Buff Tour3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 553 S. King Street

fri24apr3:30 pm4:30 pmPOSTPONED 3:30 pm New Books & Research FREE3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 553 S. King Street

fri24apr4:00 pm5:30 pmPOSTPONED 4 pm Kawaiahaʻo Church Tea Ticketed4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 957 Punchbowl Street

fri24apr6:00 pm7:30 pmPOSTPONED 6 pm Live music and Reading of ‘Open Your Hearts Wide’ PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 553 S. King Street

sat25apr9:00 am12:00 pmLIVESTREAM 9:30 am Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society Annual Meeting9:00 am – 12:00 pm 553 S. King Street

sat25apr12:30 pm1:30 pmPOSTPONED 12:30 pm Making Ali‘i Letters Alive – Focus on Honolulu Mission Station FREE12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 553 S. King Street

sat25apr2:30 pmPOSTPONED Ke Kula Keiki Ali’i: Royal School | Honolulu Theatre for Youth – Tenney Theatre2:30 pm 229 Queen Emma Square

sat25apr5:00 pm7:00 pmPOSTPONED 5:00 PM – Bicentennial Luau by Kawaiahaʻo Church at Coral Ballroom, Hilton Hawaiian Village5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 2005 Kalia Rd

sun26apr9:00 am10:00 am9:00 AM “Kawaiaha‘o Church Bicentennial Worship Service” Kawaiaha‘o Church9:00 am – 10:00 am 957 Punchbowl Street

may 2020

sat02mayAll DayPOSTPONED ALL DAY West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center, Waimea, Kauai FREE(All Day: saturday) 9565 Kaumuali‘i Hwy, Waimea

sat02mayAll DayPOSTPONED ALL DAY Bicentennial Weekend in Waimea, Kauai FREE(All Day: saturday) 9400 Kaumualiʻi Hwy

sat02may8:00 am9:30 amPOSTPONED 8 AM Fellowship Prayer Breakfast at Waimea Plantation Cottages Restaurant, Waimea, Kauai FREE8:00 am – 9:30 am 9400 Kaumualiʻi Hwy

sat02may10:00 am11:00 amPOSTPONED 10 AM Reenactment of the landing at Pa‘ula‘ula | Russian Fort, Waimea, Kauai FREE10:00 am – 11:00 am Waimea United Church of Christ 4080 Makeke Rd, Waimea, Kauai

sat02may1:00 pmPOSTPONED 1 PM Historical Tour of Paʻulaʻula and Fort Elizabeth, Waimea, Kauai FREE1:00 pm Waimea United Church of Christ 4080 Makeke Rd, Waimea, Kauai

sat02may3:00 pm4:00 pmPOSTPONED 3 PM Historical Tour of Missionary related sites in Waimea Town, Waimea, Kauai FREE3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

sat02may5:00 pm6:00 pmPOSTPONED 5 PM Music performance at Hanapepe United Church of Christ, Waimea, Kauai FREE5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

sun03mayAll DayPOSTPONED ALL DAY Bicentennial Weekend in Waimea, Kauai FREE(All Day: sunday) 4080 Makeke Rd.

sun03may10:00 am11:00 amPOSTPONED 10 AM Special worship at Waimea Mission Church (Old Stone Church) Waimea, Kauai FREE10:00 am – 11:00 am Waimea United Church of Christ 4080 Makeke Rd, Waimea, Kauai

sun03may11:00 am12:00 pmPOSTPONED 11 AM Commemoration at the gravesites of Samuel and Mercy Whitney, Waimea, Kauai FREE11:00 am – 12:00 pm

sun03may12:00 pm1:00 pmPOSTPONED 12 PM No Host Lunch at Waimea Theater, Waimea, Kauai12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

sun03may1:00 pm2:00 pmPOSTPONED 1 PM Making Ali‘i Letters Alive in Waimea Theater, Waimea, Kauai FREE1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

june 2020

tue09jun7:30 pm8:30 pm7:30 PM “A Symphony Extravaganza” Kawaiaha‘o Church7:30 pm – 8:30 pm 957 Punchbowl Street

mon15jun5:30 pm7:30 pm5:30 – 7:30 PM “Festival of Pacific Arts – Aha Mele” Kawaiaha‘o Church5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 957 Punchbowl Street

tue16jun5:30 pm7:30 pm5:30 – 7:30 PM “Festival of Pacific Arts – Aha Mele” Kawaiaha‘o Church5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 957 Punchbowl Street

wed17jun5:30 pm7:30 pm5:30 – 7:30 PM “Festival of Pacific Arts – Aha Mele” Kawaiaha‘o Church5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 957 Punchbowl Street

thu18jun5:30 pm7:30 pm5:30 – 7:30 PM “Festival of Pacific Arts – Aha Mele” Kawaiaha‘o Church5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 957 Punchbowl Street

july 2020

No Events

august 2020

sun23aug8:30 am10:30 am8:30 AM and 10:30 AM – Bicentennial Celebration Services at Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor8:30 am – 10:30 am 94-1044 Waipio Uka Street

sun23aug8:30 am8:30 and 10:30 AM – Bicentennial Celebration Services at Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor8:30 am 94-1044 Waipio Uka Street

sat29aug5:30 pm5:30 PM Bicentennial Celebration Services at One Love Minestries5:30 pm 670 Auahi Street, Suite A5

sun30aug8:00 am8:00 AM and 10:30 AM – Bicentennial Celebration Services at One Love Ministries8:00 am 670 Auahi Street, Suite A5

sun30aug4:00 pm6:00 pm4:00 PM – “Queen Lili‘uokalani Concert For Horns Pipes & Strings” Kawaiaha‘o Church4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 957 Punchbowl Street

september 2020

sat26sep4:00 pm4:00 PM – “Interfaith Chorale Concert” Kawaiaha‘o Church4:00 pm 957 Punchbowl Street