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Mission Jubilee

“The fiftieth anniversary of the introduction Christianity into these Islands will be celebrated this year as a jubilee, the Government, through the Minister of Interior, having given public notice that Wednesday, June 15th, will be a national holiday. … A hymn for the occasion has been prepared by Rev. L Lyons, of Hawai‘i”. “The very idea of such a festival stirred up great enthusiasm among the native population, who have been eager to manifest their appreciation of the efforts of the missionaries, and their joy at the improved state”. “(T)he king (Kamehameha V) proclaimed Wednesday, June 15th (1870), a national holiday, as it was to be observed in commemoration of ‘the introduction of Christianity into this kingdom, under the auspices and direction of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.’”

“Wednesday was the Jubilee, and a day long to be remembered on these Islands. The people attended in great numbers, and the day was as pleasant as could have been desired.” “In the afternoon a feast was given, at which nearly 7,000 persons partook, and to which the King made the royal contribution of 10,000 lbs. of poi, 20 hogs, 8 sheep, 400 mullet fishes, 1 bullock, &c.” “The exercises of the week were participated in by Hawaiian, English, American, and natives of Tahiti and the Marquesas, ‘all freely mingling together and enjoying the profuse hospitality of a genial host.’”

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Three Events that Prepared the Way

“The fiftieth anniversary of the introduction Christianity into these Islands will be celebrated this year as a jubilee”. (Pacific Commercial Advertiser, June 4, 1870) “(T)he king (Kamehameha V) proclaimed Wednesday, June 15th, a national holiday as it was to be observed in commemoration of ‘the introduction of Christianity into this kingdom, under the auspices and direction of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.’” (Christian Work, September 1, 1870) As part of the commemoration ceremonies Samuel C Damon spoke, in part, about three events that formed the foundation for the success of the Hawaiian Islands Mission – and the reason for celebration of the Jubilee.

“The conquest of the Islands by Kamehameha I, and the consolidation of the government under one ruler; the visit to the United States of Obookiah (‘Ōpūkaha’ia) and his Hawaiian associates, Thomas Hopu and others; the abolition of idolatry, and the utter renunciation of the old tabu system. … These three events, I deem of vast moment, if a person, would take a clear, calm, and philosophical view of the great event, which we are gathered to commemorate. The Hawaiians were led through a period of forty years’ wanderings, even after their existence was known to the civilized world, before they were permitted to enter the Land of Promise.”

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To the Jubilee

“Monday, June 20th inst., being the 50th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, it is ordered as a mark of respect that

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Queen Kapiʻolani’s Canoe

In April 1887, Queen Kapiʻolani and Princess Liliʻuokalani traveled to England to participate in the celebration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.  They first sailed to

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