Kazakhstan and Hawai‘i: Some (Unexpected!) Shared History, 1799—2023

April 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St. Hilo
HI 96720

Reenacting the 1848 arrival of Dr. Dahlquist’s ancestor by villagers in Kapal, southeastern Kazakhstan. Photo courtesy Paul Dahlquist

Evening Presentation:

In 1799 England, a boy was born who grew up to become an architect and a groundbreaking explorer in the largely unknown (to Europeans) Siberian Steppes.  In 1848 the explorer’s English wife bore a son in a tiny Russian military outpost located in what is now known as Kazakhstan … and in 1868 that child—now a married man—immigrated to Hawai‘i to work as a teacher and a journalist.  The family settled permanently in the Islands, and generations later another scion, born in Honolulu in 1940, joined the Lyman Museum in Hilo, first as Curator and ultimately as Executive Director.  In 2016, Dr. Paul Dahlquist—great-grandson of the man born so long before in Kazakhstan—traveled to that country to help unveil a monument to his ancestors.  There is a link between Kazakhstan and Hawai‘i, and even to the Lyman Museum!  In a beautifully illustrated presentation, Dr. Dahlquist brings to light how all this history unfolded, on your choice of two occasions:  Monday evening, April 24, or the following afternoon, April 25.  

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!

Seating is limited; first come, first seated.

ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School,

Kapiolani Street entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall.

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!


Lyman Museum ~ 276 Haili St ~ Hilo, Hawai‘i ~ (808) 935-5021 www.lymanmuseum.org ~ www.facebook.com/lymanmuseum The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i to tell the story of its islands and its people.