Christian Missionaries Arrived in Hawaii

Today in history — March 30, 1820 — the first Christian missionaries arrived in Hawaii, landing at Kawaihae and Kailua-Kona, Big Island. To get there, seven missionary couples rode on trains through the United States and sailed through the Pacific Ocean for 164 days.

These missionaries and many more would go beyond converting the Hawaiian people to the Christian faith: They also developed Hawaiian writing, supplanted Hawaiian practices with their Western practices, and made English Hawaii’s dominant language. And their descendants would greatly influence, if not control, the islands’ economy and government and overthrow the Hawaiian Monarchy.

Read more about it in “Christian Missionaries in Hawaii.”

Christian Missionaries in Hawaii – Historical Feature Article


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