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starting November 30th!

Please join us for our Bicentennial Celebration Luau on Saturday, April 25, 2020.  This is a ticketed event celebrating and acknowledging 200 years of Christianity in Hawaiʻi.  The event will be hosted at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and will feature a family style luau menu, silent auction, and entertainment.  

Celebrating the First Christian Church on Oʻahu

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

  • SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 at 4pm- BICENTENNIAL SPEAKER SERIES - Speaker Keiko DʻEnbeau presenting "If the Walls Could Speak" in the Kawaiahaʻo Church sanctuary (free/open to the public)
  • OCTOBER 17-24, 2019- BOSTON, MA. PARK STREET CHURCH SERVICES DELEGATION
  • OCTOBER 20, 2019 at 4pm- BICENTENNIAL SPEAKER SERIES- Speaker Kapali Lyons, PhD presenting "Making of the Baibala Hemolele" in the Kawaiahaʻo Church Sanctuary (free/open to the public)
  • OCTOBER 23, 2019- BOSTON, MA. PARK STREET CHURCH
  • NOVEMBER 17, 2019 at 4pm- BICENTENNIAL SPEAKER SERIES- Speaker Ralph Kam, PhD presenting "Hawaiian Himeni" in the Kawaiahaʻo Church Sanctuary (free/open to the public)
  • DECEMBER 2019- MUSIC CD RELEASE: "200 YEARS OF MUSIC OF KAWAIAHAʻO" in the Kawaiahaʻo Church Sanctuary
  • 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)
  • FEBRUARY 2020 BICENTENNIAL DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE in the Kawaiahaʻo Church Sanctuary (free/open to the public)
  • MARCH 27, 2020 at 4pm- BICENTENNIAL SPEAKER SERIES in the Kawaiahaʻo Church Sanctuary (free/open to the public)
  • 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

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 and 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.

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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.

Tea on the Lawn

On a Tuesday afternoon in December 1827, missionary wives Sybil Bingham and Clarissa Lyman Richards hosted a tea for Aliʻi at the Mission Houses. This ticketed event will honor the missionaries and their spouses’ contribution to the bringing of the gospel to the islands. Ticket and information will be provided in January 2020.