Henry Opukaha’ia

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  • February 13, 2018
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Opukaha’ia Inspired the American Protestant Mission to Hawai‘i

by Clive Cowell

At 6 pm, in four performances on February 17, 18, 24, 25 Kalihi Union Church will present

“Glory in His Soul”, a musical drama celebrating the life of ʻŌpūkahaʻia  – written by Randy Hongo.

This coming Saturday (February 17, 2018) marks the bicentennial of  ‘Ōpūkahaʻia’s death.  Bell ringing will be heard across the state.  ‘Ōpūkahaʻia, or as he is other wise known – Henry O,  was a man we in Hawaii should be more familiar with.

Who was ‘Ōpūkahaʻia?

Ōpūkaha’ia, whose own family was slain in the Hawaii hostilities of the late 1700’s, became a deeply committed follower of Christ who urgently wanted to spread the word of Christianity in his homeland of Hawaiʻi.  As a gifted and faithful man, he became a prolific Christian writer.  Indeed, it was his writings that inspired many missionaries to carry his message to the Hawaiian Islands.

In giving instructions to the first missionaries of the early 1800’s, the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, noted: “You will never forget ʻŌpūkahaʻia.  You will never forget his fervent love, his affectionate counsels, his many prayers and tears for you, and for his and your nation.  You saw him die; saw how the Christian could triumph over death and the grave; saw the radient glory in which he left this world for heaven.  You will remember it always, and you will tell it to your kindred and countrymen who are dying without hope.”

On October 23, 1819, the Pioneer Company of missionaries from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) from the northeast United States, set sail on the Thaddeus for the Hawaiian Islands.  This began a great movement for Christ, not only in Hawaii but to America and even beyond.

At 6 pm, in four performances on February 17, 18, 24, 25 Kalihi Union Church will present a musical drama celebrating the life of ʻŌpūkahaʻia  – written by Randy Hongo.

These performances will give you a deeper appreciation for how Christ moved in the Islands forming our heritage and will be a wonderful way to become more familiar with Christ Himself.

Please come and hear how Hawaii was deeply impacted by Christ though ‘Ōpūkahaʻia.  Feel free to bring your friends.

I hope to see you as I will be participating in the play.

Aloha,
Clive Cowell

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