Two hundred years ago, the Pioneer Company of Christian missionaries landed at Kawaihae on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island. They finally anchored at Kailua-Kona on April 4, 1820.
Over the next month, the missionaries established three mission stations, spanning from Hawaiʻi Island to O‘ahu to Kauai.
Governor Ige, Mayor Kim of Hawaiʻi County, Mayor Caldwell of the C&C of Honolulu, Mayor Kawakami of Kauai, Mayor Victorino of Maui, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs and the Board of the United Church of Christ have each recognized 2020 as the year of the Hawaiian Mission Bicentennial.
9 am, Saturday, April 4, 2020
In commemoration of this bicentennial event, and the formation of Mokuaikaua Church, 200-years ago today, Kawaiaha‘o Church and Waimea Mission Church will join Mokuaikaua Church by ringing their Church bells 200 times – starting at 9 am today.
At the same time, other churches of the Hawaiʻi Conference United Church of Christ will be sharing in this story by ringing their bells at the same time.
The churches will also be ringing the bells on the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Kawaiahaʻo Church on April 23, 2020 at 9 a.m. and Waimea Church on Kauai on May 3, 2020 at 9 a.m.