Letters from the Ali‘i: 1820–1887.

July 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720

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In a project organized and headed by the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, more than 225 letters written by 42 Ali‘i during the 1800s have been digitized, transcribed, translated, and annotated, and are now preserved in the Mission Houses Archives in Honolulu.  The collection contains many of the earliest examples of the written Hawaiian language and covers a wide range of topics, from details of daily life, to increasing concerns with the role of Ali‘i within the church, to disputes on sovereignty with Britain and France.  On two successive Mondays in July, Dr. Kapali Lyon of UH-Mānoa brings these unique pages of history to light.  His presentation also introduces us to the HMH’s “Letters of the Ali‘i” project, its principal writers, and the role of the letters in helping to understand the connection of the Ali‘i to the Christian mission in Hawai‘i during the first half of the nineteenth century.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers. 

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Seating is limited; first come, first seated. 

On Monday evenings onlyadditional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall.

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