The Pioneer Company of missionaries from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) arrived in Hawai‘i in April 1820, now over 200 years ago. The intersecting lives and work between these missionaries and the kānaka maoli led to a string of remarkable accomplishments, which in turn will have their Bicentennial Anniversaries in the upcoming years.

Read more about the history in the Fall 2021 Maile Wreath  HERE, and join us to commemorate these events:

200th Anniversary of the first “pull” on the Printing Press, January 7, 1822

This was the beginning of the written Hawaiian language and led to Hawai‘i becoming one of the most literate nations in the world in the mid-1800s. Ke‘eaumoku (Governor of Maui), missionary Elisha Loomis, and mission benefactor James Hunnewell pulled the first prints of the Hawaiian Primer, and over 2,500 copies were printed in the next nine months.


Friday, January 7, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Open house in the Print Shop, guests and dignitaries may pull their own flyers on the replica Ramage Printing Press.

Saturday, January 15, 10:00 am-3:00 pm 

Family Day at Hawaiian Mission Houses, with special printing activities and vendors.

Tuesday, January 18, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Archives and Inquiry Virtual Speaker Series, featuring discussion of the history of printing in Hawai‘i and its role in literacy. Via Zoom; check back for link.

200th Anniversary of the Arrival of Tahitian Missionaries, April 16, 1822

A deputation of Tahitian missionaries, including Auna, his wife Auna wahine, and Matatore, as well as Rev. William Ellis of the London Missionary Society, arrived in Hawai‘i and quickly became partners with the ABCFM missionaries. Their work, as well as that of subsequent missionaries Tau‘ā, his wife Tau‘ā wahine, Tute Tehuiarii, and a female teacher named Ta‘amotu, helped strengthen bonds with the Hawaiian ali‘i and increase understanding of the Hawaiian language in speaking and hymn-writing.

Hear Tute Tehuiarii-descendant and Trustee Mary Schlink discuss commemoration events HERE.


Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Commemoration events honoring the Tahitian Missionaries during the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society Annual Meeting and Roll Call. Additional events such as church services and hymn concerts are planned to coincide with this date.

Saturday, July 23-Saturday, July 30

Cruise to Tahiti aboard the m/s Paul Gaugin! Enjoy special activities and lectures for travelers from the Hawaiian Mission Houses group.

Video about the cruise HERE.

Itinerary HERE.

What’s Included HERE. Please note, additional opportunities are planned for travelers in the Hawaiian Mission Houses group.

Deck plan HERE.

Pricing information HERE.

For questions about the cruise, contact Travel Consultant, Annette Bjorklund Hernandez cell: 520-400-2194 or email Annette at

August 2022 (date and time TBD)

Family Day at Hawaiian Mission Houses, centered on Tahitian activities, language, music, and crafts.

200th Anniversary of Second Company’s Departure from New Haven, CT,  November 20, 1822

The Second Company of ABCFM missionaries included many teachers, as requested by the ali‘i, and is known for work in education, translations, political economy, and expanding the mission to Maui and additional sites on Hawai‘i Island.

Members of the Second Company were: Rev. Artemas and Elizabeth Bishop, Dr. Abraham and Jemima Blatchely, Levi Chamberlain, James and Louisa Ely, Joseph and Martha Goodrich, Rev. William and Clarissa Richards, Rev. Charles and Harriet Stewart, Betsey Stockton, and Stephen Pupuhi, William Kamahoula, Richard Kalaioulu, and Kupeli‘i from the Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, CT.

Watch a History Theatre portrayal of Betsey Stockton HERE.


Mid-October 2022 (dates TBD)

Join Hawaiian Mission Houses for a week-long tour of locations significant to the Second Company before their departure.  The tour will center in New Haven, CT, with trips to Princeton, NJ, Cooperstown, NY, and other nearby towns.

200th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Second Company in Hawai‘i, April 27, 1823


April 29, 2023 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Commemoration events honoring the Second Company will be held during the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society Annual Meeting and Roll Call.

April/May 2023 (dates and times TBD)

Events and activities in Honolulu and on Maui to commemorate the lives and work of the Second Company. These will be planned around the Annual Meeting date so that travelers can join us on one or both islands as well as for Annual Meeting.