Kawaiahao Church


March 30, 1820: After 164 days of traveling through the United States and sailing through the Pacific Ocean in the Thaddeus, fourteen missionaries (seven mission couples) arrived in Hawaii at Kawaihae and Kailua-Kona, Big Island. The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions funded these missionaries, who were Presbyterians, Congregationalists and Dutch Reformists from New England.

Read the topic guide for Kawaiahao Church.

Robert Wilcox in Washington D.C.

Robert W. Wilcox served as the Territory of Hawaii’s first congressional delegate. During his single term from November 6, 1900 to March 3, 1903, he lived in Washington D.C. with his wife, Theresa Owana Kaʻohelelani Laʻanui, and their two children. Read about the Wilcox’s family’s time in Washington D.C. in “My Year in Washington.”

Lesson Plan: Etymology of Luau

Language changes over time. The speakers’ encounters with speakers of other languages and cultural changes can change language. In the 1800s, Hawaii experienced Westernization, which greatly affected the Hawaiian language: the written form of Hawaiian developed, English became the official language for government and education, foreigners from many countries came in, and the diseases introduced by foreigners decreased the Native Hawaiian population. Lesson Plan: Etymology of Luau.

Last Batch for the Third Phase

The last batch of newspapers for the third phase of HDNP are up:

Evening Bulletin: May-August 1907
Evening Bulletin: January-March 1911
Daily Bulletin: July-December 1887
Daily Bulletin: July-December 1891
Daily Bulletin: January-June 1891

Servants in Hawaii

Want to hire a servant?

In 1912, a group of women discussed issues with their servants, including those who refused to serve girls. Would you agree with treating servants strictly? Read more about it in “Servant Problem in Honolulu, Fruitful Topic for Discussion.”

A Rare Burglary in Niihau

Niihau, the Forbidden Island, didn’t have a reported burglary for forty years until 1917, when two boys stole money from a ranch manager’s office.

Read more about it in “Burglary on the Island of Niihau.”

The Conversion of Iolani Palace to a Government Building

A few months after the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, the Provisional Government converted Iolani Palace from a Hawaiian royalty residence to a government building. Iolani Palace was now called the “Executive Building” for the Republic of Hawaii, and government offices moved in. The government redesigned the palace’s interior and auctioned off the furniture and furnishings deemed unnecessary:

“The old carved table upon which the bodies of the Kamehamehas were laid out after death was seen standing in the walk on the Ewa side of the building. It was tabu to the natives around the premises, and none of them would go near it or touch it. They did not seem to have the same fear of the tabu lately laid upon ‘the ex-queen’s palace’ by the kahunas to keep the haoles out …”

Read more about it in “At the Capitol.”


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