The Mission Cemetery, established in 1823 on the grounds of Kawaiah`ao Church and maintained by the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, is the oldest Christian graveyard in Hawai`i.
A walk through the Cemetery is a trip back in time, with Binghams, Bishops, Alexanders, Chamberlains, Castles, Cookes, Armstrongs and Gulicks buried on the grounds. The first adult missionary buried here was Elizabeth Edwards Bishop (1728 - 1828), the second wife of the Reverend Artemas Bishop, who came to the Islands in 1823 with the Second Company from New Haven. She shares a plot with her husband and her son, the Reverend Sereno Edwards Bishop, who was only a year old when his mother died.
Also, of three Hawaiian men schooled in Connecticut by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions that returned to their native Hawai`i to aid the missionaries, one, William Kanui (ca. 1796 - 1864) is buried here.
Listen to former Hawaiian Mission Houses membership coordinator Lee Wild share her memories of managing the cemetery