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The Religion of Hawaiian Chiefs

Location: UCB 127

Aliʻi, Missionaries, and Religion in Early 19th Century Hawaiʻi

The years 1819 - 1820 marked a watershed in the history of the Hawaiian Islands.
With the passing of King Kamehameha I in 1819, the Kapu System was abolished,
setting off a catalyst for change in the systems of faith, government, and society. A
major agent of change was the missionaries who came to Hawaiʻi in April 1820 to
spread the Gospel, and in the process, the islands were forever changed.

Nearly everyone who spends much time in Hawaiʻi soon forms an opinion about
"the missionaries" who, as many accounts have it, cajoled, browbeat, and
eventually, converted an entire "heathen" nation to Protestant Christianity. But how
could a handful of overdressed New Englanders who, when they first arrived, did
not know the native language or culture convince an entire nation to put on more
clothes, adopt western views of sin and sexuality, and replace their traditional
Polynesian religion for that of Boston? Could there be more to the story?

_Sponsored by Mōkaulele Program, Office of the Chancellors University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Title III Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Grant. However, these events do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
Co-sponsored by the Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center.

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