The Forgotten Voices of Kawaiaha'o Female Seminary
An illustrated talk on Kawaiaha'o Female Seminary, the mission school for Hawaiian girls founded in 1864. The boarding school was kitty-corner from Kawaiaha'o Church on King Street and the ties between the two were both intimate and strong. She will share the stories and histories of the kaikamahine o ke kula hanai o Kawaiaha'o and highlight the many daughters of Hawaiian missionaries and ministers who attended the school.
Hawaiian Mission Houses Director of Operations and Collections Elizabeth Po‘oloa and Curator of Public Programs Mike Smola share readings, artifacts, and stories about how the first missionaries from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) and early Native Hawaiian converts shared the Gospel and lived their religious lives.
Listen to Aletha Kaohi, a descendant of Kaumuali‘i, will speak of her heritage and creation of the book ‘Celebrating Advocacy” she co-wrote for the State Council of Hawaiian Congregational Churches, and why it was written.
Listen to Rachel Kaiama's inspirational journey about the Kawaiaha'o Church’s visit to New England October 2019, the steps of the missionaries, and the impressions GOD imparted on our hearts. With a special appearance by Judi Manalo, Chair of Boston Bicentennial Celebration 2019 at Park Street Church.
He Leo Mai Ka Lani
This illustrated research presentation will explore the critical role played by Mōʻīwahine (Queen) Keōpūolani in building the foundations of a Christian Mission in the Hawaiian Islands.
Memoirs of Henry Opukahaia
Join us for an illustrated talk on new and interesting details our speaker has discovered in researching the two-hundred-year-old text of the classic biography of ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia. He will highlight the influence of ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia on the founding and in the subsequent history of Kawaiaha‘o Church.
What Makes Kawaiahao A Wahi Pana
“Wahi Pana: In Hawaiian, the term for a sacred place is wahi pana. Wahi is the word for place. In isolation, the word pana means “pulse.” Thus, sacred places are “places with a pulse,” living space." - Na Wahi Pana O Hawaii: Sacred Places of Hawaii, Okura/Hallen. Kaipo``i Kelling will take us on a journey back to the time of our Aliʻi and understand the historical significance of what makes this site sacred.
If the Walls Could Speak
The first installment of our Bicentennial Speakers Series is presented by church member and archivist, Keiko D'enbeau. She will share stories and history of those who have worshiped and made Kawaiaha'o Church the significant place it is for faith, history and culture.
Kawaiahao Bicentenniel Speaker Series