On Sunday, April 26, Kawaiaha'o Church held a special online Bicentennial Worship Service at 8:30 am
Watch as a Kawaiaha'o Church delegation that attended Bicentennial events in Boston, Massachusetts in October
On April 23, 1820 the first company of missionaries of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions established the first Christian Mission on the Island of Oʻahu to bring the good news of Jesus to the people of Hawaiʻi. Reverend Hiram Bingham preached “Nu Oli”- for I bring you tidings of great joy! The church was established on the grounds of Kawaiahaʻo – which translates to “the waters of Chiefess Haʻo”. Known as the “Mother Church” of Hawaiʻi, Kawaiahaʻo Church for 200 years stands as a testament of Christian Aloha to all!
To reach out locally and globally, using the 200th year Bicentennial Celebration as an opportunity to educate and engage through media, music, art, and cultural programs to perpetuate the legacy of the first pioneer company of missionaries in Hawaiʻi with an emphasis on our next generation.
On October 23, 1819, seven couples with the Pioneer Company of missionaries from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) set sail on the Thaddeus for the Hawaiian Islands from the east coast. Prior to their departure, the Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts, held a service in their honor. Our Kawaiahaʻo Church delegation provided their current congregation with the fruits of their mission - the preaching of the gospel by Kahu Kenneth Makuakane in English and deacon Dr. Kuʻuipo Wong in ʻolelo Hawaiʻi, along with gifts of music and hula. Services were held on Sunday, October 20, 2019 and on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.