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“Mission & Motivation: The Theology of the Early American Mission in Hawaii.”

Hawaiian Journal of History 19 (1985) 62-70

On March 30, 1820 the Pioneer Company of missionaries to the Sandwich Islands arrived at Kawaihae on the Big Island of Hawai’i. The company included two missionaries, twelve assistant missionaries, five children, and three Hawaiian helpers. The assistant missionaries included a doctor, a farmer, a printer, two teachers, and seven wives. It was a small group, but one filled with a purpose. Their task was to bring the unenlightened Hawaiians into God’s Kingdom through preaching the Gospel and teaching the rudiments of civilization as defined by New England social mores.

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