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Sent by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions two centuries ago, members of the First Company printed the first book in the Hawaiian language—Na Himeni Hawaii, which introduced translations of forty-seven English language and original Christian hymns to the Hawaiian people. Learn about the Tahitian roots of Na Himeni Hawaii as well as the reception of alii to the new form of musical expression. Hear the original lyrics sung to the original tunes and accompanied by a replica of a period instrument. The legacy would encompass the hundreds of hymns by the Rev. Lorenzo Lyons, who wrote the lyrics for “Hawai‘i Aloha,” as well as the music of Queen Lili‘uokalani.
Ralph Kam holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a focus on Asian Pacific American studies. He is author of Death Rites and Hawaiian Royalty: Funerary Practices in the Kamehameha and Kalākaua Dynasties, 1819–1953, (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2017) and the chapter titled “The Legacy of Na Himeni Hawaii,” in Kōkua Aku, Kōkua Mai: Chiefs, Missionaries, and Five Transformations of the Hawaiian Kingdom. (2018). He has contributed several articles to the Hawaiian Journal of History including “The Gospel Roots of ‘Hawai‘i Aloha’,” (2017) and “Copied Hymns of John Young” (2015).
Kawaiaha’o Church, Mother Church of Hawaii is preparing to celebrate our Bicentennial. 200 years of faith, history and leadership in Hawaii. As part of the Bicentennial Celebration Events, we will be offering a series of events to recall and reaquaint ourselves with the rich and storied history of this important site of faith and history.
We Invite YOU to come Celebrate with Us!