Upcoming Events

'Opukaha'ia Commemoration


Commemoration of the Life of

Henry ‘Opukaha‘ia

Saturday, February 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Free Admission, History Theatre, Lectures, Family Activities, and Tours
Optional Lunch

On February 17, 2018, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives will celebrate the life of Henry ‘Opukaha‘ia marking the day he died two hundred years ago. This important celebration honors the man who inspired the Sandwich Island Mission and is the first event in the bicentennial of the arrival of the American Protestant mission to Hawai‘i in 2020.

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018, the houses and grounds of Hawaiian Mission Houses will be open to the public free of charge. As with our 2 other open houses, historic house tours will be conducted every half-hour, with the first tour at 11 a.m. and the last tour at 3 p.m. The printing press will be continuously operated and interpreted with either the “Ho‘onani,” (Doxology) or the Hawaiian Primer, the first print struck in Hawai‘i, being printed all day for participants to take home. Activities on site will include some of those used in the HMH school program. For example one will emphasize the distance between Hawai‘i and the Eastern U.S. Another will offer the opportunity to create one’s own work on an individual mini printing press, and another will allow users to experience writing with a quill pen while copying a letter from one of the ali‘i from the HMH archives. 

At 10 a.m. historic Kawaiaha‘o Church will conduct a special commemorative service and be joined by Royal Societies, Hawaiian Civic Clubs, and other organizations. Concurrent church services in Hilo and on the East Coast will also celebrate the life of ‘Opukaha‘ia and those who attend will learn about his role in inspiring the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) to send missionaries to Hawai‘i to bring Christianity. Audience may or may not choose to attend this service.

As the church service ends, attendees are encouraged to walk across the street to enjoy lunch and a program funded in part by a grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Beginning at 11:30, an optional Hawaiian food lunch is available for $15 by pre-order or attendees may bring their own picnic lunch. Special visitors for the day will include a chorale comprised of high school students from throughout the state who will perform at both the Kawaiaha‘o Church service and at the luncheon afterwards on the grounds of Hawaiian Mission Houses. After lunch, a program begins with an introduction to the historic landscape by Christopher Cook, author of the most recent biography of ‘Opukaha‘ia. Also speaking will be Kauanoe Hoomanawanui, a relative of  ‘Opukaha‘ia who worked with works alongside Yale University and the Town of Cornwall, Connecticut to perpetuate the legacy of her ancestor. Actor Moses Goods will portray  ‘Opukaha‘ia, a history theatre character, who will tell his own story, and, as with all history theatre productions, a “talk back” with the audience will follow. 

The event is free and open to the public. Attend any or all of the events.

The optional $15 Hawaiian food lunch includes: Pig, Lomi lomi salmon, Squid luau, Rice, Chicken long rice, Poi, Pineapple, Sweet potato, Haulolo (a combination of Kulolo and Haupia), Poke, and Drinks. To reserve and pay for lunch ($15) click below or call 808.447.3926.

Deadline to order lunch has been extended until 4 p.m. to Friday, February 16. 

A limited number of lunches will be available for sale on Saturday at the event, cash only.

You are also welcome to bring your own lunch.

Click here to order the optional lunch for $15

All tickets purchased for events at Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives events are non-refundable. For outdoor events, the event may be held during a light rain; however, heavy rain or lightning may force us to hold up the performance for up to one half hour before canceling. If an event is canceled, we will make every effort to reschedule the event. If we are unable to reschedule the event or you are unable to attend a rescheduled event, reservations for a canceled event may be issued a “rain check” credit that can be used for any subsequent event during the present or next calendar year. To find out if a performance is being canceled due to weather, please check our website at msisionhosues.org, or call 447-3910.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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