Celebrate with Us!

Kawaiaha'o Church, the Mother Church of Hawaii, is celebrating 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 reacquaint ourselves with the rich and storied history of this important site of faith and history.

 

Our Bicentennial Vision

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.

Celebrating 200 Years

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!

Come join us for the many events we have planned to celebrate Kawaiahaʻo Church’s bicentennial! The Bicentennial Celebration Worship Service will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 9am.

Join us as we celebrate God’s blessings and works through us and in us.

Events

JANUARY 19, 2020 at 4pm
BICENTENNIAL SPEAKER SERIES
Speaker Kapali Lyons, PhD, presenting "Why Did Hawaii Become Christian" in the Kawaiahaʻo Church Sanctuary
Free/Open to the public

FEBRUARY 16, 2020 at 4pm
BICENTENNIAL SPEAKER SERIES
Actor Moses Goods presenting "My Name is Opukahaia" in the Kawaiahaʻo Church Sanctuary
Free/Open to the public

MARCH 27, 2020  BICENTENNIAL DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE

APRIL 4, 2020 MOKUAIKAUA CHURCH BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, KAILUA-KONA, BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII

APRIL 24, 2020 at 4pm
TEA ON THE LAWN - *a ticketed event

APRIL 25, 2020 at 6pm
CELEBRATION LUAU AT THE HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE - *a ticketed event

APRIL 26, 2020
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE AND CELEBRATION in the Kawaiahaʻo Church Sanctuary
Free/Open to the public

MAY 2 AND 3, 2020
BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION FOR THE WAIMEA CHURCH, KAUAI

JULY 19, 2020 AT 5PM
KANIKAPILA ON THE GREEN

Join us on April 24, 2020 from 4PM-6PM for a Bicentennial Tea Event held on the grounds of the historic Kawaiaha`o Church. Enjoy a gracious afternoon High Tea, reminicient of a Tea Party hosted for the Hawaiian Ali`i by Sybil Bingham and the Missionary Wives in 1827. Entertainment will be provided by Puamana, tea service and menu to be provided by Jeanne's Tea Service of North Shore Farms. Tickets are in limited supply, click the button to purchase yours today.

Kawaiaha'o, established in April 1820, was one of the three original mission stations where Christianity was introduced to the Hawaiian islands. For 200 years, the church has stood as a beacon of faith to the Kingdom and State of Hawaii proclaiming Aloha ke Akua as the Greatest Commandment. The event will be hosted at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and will feature a family style luau menu, silent auction, and entertainment.

Please consider partnering with us to help support our Bicentennial events and programs. Together, we can accomplish our goals for the Bicentennial:

Develop partnerships to support the heritage of Kawaiahaʻo Church and our vision of preserving the past while educating the next generation of the unique Hawaiian heritage that has shaped the culture and diversity of Hawaiʻi-nei
Create events that reach and continue beyond 2020 to engage and educate island residents and communities of our cultural heritage and influence of Jesus Christ through music concerts, speaker series, videos, pictorial historical timeline display and a film documentary
Engage Hawaiʻi’s youth with invitations to participate in programs that honor the legacy of Hawaiʻi’s Aliʻi who were instrumental in the development of the Kingdom’s early education system

Back to Our Roots

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.

Musical Concerts & Events

Prior to western contact, early Hawaiians composed and maintained an oral history through chants tracing back thousands of years covering genealogies, our history, the environment and daily life. Christian missionaries influenced the evolution of oli, mele with the introduction of western harmonies, and later western musical instruments. The concert series and music will highlight and trace the evolution of Hawaiian chants, early Hawaiian hymns and anthems for the Kalawina (Calvinist) churches in Hawaiʻi. There will be two concerts for the general public; the first combines voices of various Kalawina churches featuring the history of Christian Hawaiian music, and the second ecumenical voices of other Christian faiths in Hawaiʻi. An original choral composition will be commissioned to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Christianity in Hawaiʻi. Concert performance dates to be announced. All events are open to the general public.

Speaker Series

A series of educational, faith-based programs will be held at the Kawaiahaʻo Church sanctuary and open to the general public community. The programs provide continuing education of the historical facts, perspectives and influences that shaped the education and spiritual beliefs upon introduction of Christianity to the Hawaiian Islands. View the video to preview the speakers and topics that will be presented.