Sunday, November 1, 2009

Antique Blog

"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence"


Forward into Hawaii's Past!

Ye photographs may be viewed by "clicking" upon them

These are Ballast Stones carried by sailing vessels here to Honolulu. Once they loaded with sandalwood,
the ballast wasn't needed
and so remained here.
Photo: display at the Missionary Houses Museum.

What must it have been like to sail to Hawai‘i
with the first missionaries?
The ancient Kapu ("taboo") system and the temple idols had only recently been overthrown by the Hawaiians themselves.
When royal men & women dined together without apparent harm it was the end of the old ways.

Then the brig Thaddeus arrived from Massachusetts carrying the first missionaries into this extraordinary cultural/spiritual void.

Change swept the islands like a slow-motion hurricane.

On October 23, 1819, when the Brig Thaddeus left Boston carrying 19 Protestant missionaries bound for the Sandwich Islands with 4 Hawaiians, 3 of whom had been educated at the Cornwall School, little did they know that they would change the history of the Islands in profound ways.

En route to the Hawai‘i, a day-by-day journal
was kept of the voyage.

Entries vary from the mundane

to events of great hardship and danger.

Now an online blog follows their journey.

A hundred and ninety years later, you can follow their
six month voyage by going online to

This blog was created by the Mission Houses Museum, which owns the journal, in conjunction with a new exhibit titled “Coming to Hawai‘i: A Trunk Show,” which opens in January 2010.

“We want people to become engaged in the day-to-day challenges the missionaries faced during their long and perilous voyage. Most of the missionaries were quite young—in their early twenties—newly married and full of optimism and hope for their plan to bring Christianity and Western education to the Hawaiian people. It required a great deal of courage to commit themselves to going to such a far away, unknown place, not knowing if they would ever return to their New England homeland.”
Elizabeth Nosek, Senior Curator, Mission Houses Museum, Honolulu

See you there!

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