150 years ago, people were reading about the arrival of Catholicism, in S. M. Kamakau’s great history, 1869.


By S. M. Kamakau.


Pertaining to the Reign of Kauikeaouli over the Nation, he being called Kamehameha III.

Pertaining to the arrival of Catholicism, in the year 1827 [1837].

In the month of September, in the year 1836. A Catholic priest [kahuna katolika Roma] arrived, the Rev. Aresaniao R. Walsh [Rev. Arsenius Robert Walsh], from Britain. He were not expelled, but was forbidden by the Chiefs, that he should not proselytize amongst the Hawaiians. But he went and argued with some Protestant priests [Kahuna Hoole Pope]. He indeed converted Hawaiians and secretly Baptized some people.

In the month of April 17, 1837. The Roman catholic priests originally expelled by Kaahumanu to California, Rev. Bakelo [Rev. Bachelot] and Rev. Short [Rev. Short], returned here, because they heard that there was a treaty ratified between the Nation of Hawaii and the nation of Britain. They heard about the ship Kalamakini [Clementine] and they boarded the ship and returned here to Hawaii. When the ship arrived in Honolulu, they came ashore and lived at their residence which had been sold to them outright, and they lived there comfortably for thirty-three days….

[Read more translations about the arrival of the Catholics and more of Kamakau’s history, in Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii, by S. M. Kamakau, published by Kamehameha Schools Press in 1992.]

(Kuokoa, 1/2/1869, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VIII, Helu 1, Aoao 1. Ianuari 2, 1869.


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