Hana Hou Tour coming to Big Island

I am joining Dave Buehring’s Hana Hou Christian Heritage Tour on the Big Island from Saturday, February 13-16, 2016. I will be an interpretive guide for the visitors from the Mainland coming to Hawai‘i to visit key sites in the life of Opukaha‘ia. Opukaha‘ia’s descendant Deborah Lee, who led in the return of Henry’s remains in 1993, will also being serving as interpretive guide on the tour.

Local residents are invited to join the tour. Go to www.hanahou.info for more information. Those accompanying the tour are asked to share in covering the costs for the joint meals being provided.

The tour schedule includes a visit to Hikiau Heiau on the shore of Kealakekua Bay and Henry’s grave site at the Kahikolu (Trinity) Church on Saturday, February 13.

Plymouth Rock of Hawaii thumbnailOn Sunday, February 14 the tour moves to the Mokuaikaua Church, home of Hawai‘i’s oldest existing Protestant church, and a look at the Plymouth Rock of Hawai‘i sign at the Kona Pier. I helped write the text of the new sign, posted to mark the 195th anniversary of the Mokuaikaua Church. Will be interesting to see the historic signage in person.

On Monday, February 15 we head to Punalu‘u Beach in Ka‘u to visit the chapel dedicated to Henry. His birthplace and childhood home were at Ninole, the land section on the south end of Punalu‘u Beach. Then the tour bus will travel north to Volcano National Park to revisit the site of early Native Hawaiian Christian and alibi Kapiolani’s defiance of the goddess Pele in the  1820s.

Tuesday, February 16 the tour ends at Haili Church in downtown Hilo. Here I will join Deborah Lee at her family’s home church when we join a panel discussion on the impact of the American Protestant Mission in Hawai‘i. The roots of the Haili Church go back to Hawai‘i’s Great Awakening in the late 1830s. The Rev. Titus Coan from Connecticut led the Sandwich Islands Mission station in those days. Native Hawaiian became Christians by the hundreds and thousands in the late 1830s, and the Hilo congregation grew to about 12,000; the church was declared to have the largest congregation in the entire Protestant world.

Kaua‘i Historical Society talk set for Tuesday, July 21 in Lihu‘e

KHS brochure OB talk July 2015The Kaua‘i Historical Society ( www.kauaihistoricalsociety.org ) is hosting a talk by me on “How One Hawaiian Changed the History of Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi” on Tuesday evening, July 21 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lihue Parish Hall located behind King Auto off Haleko Road in Lihu‘e. Admission is free. The talk will focus on Kaua‘i-related incidents I uncovered in New England while doing research for my new book The Providential Life & Heritage of Henry Obookiah. In particular, I will tie in the Russian Fort Alexander and Fort Barclay at Princeville circa 1816 to the sea captain who brought Obookiah to New York City in 1809.



New appearances scheduled

The Providential Life & Heritage of Henry Obookiah author Christopher L. Cook has scheduled new speaking engagements on the island of Kaua‘i in Lihu‘e and Princeville.

Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. – Kaua‘i Museum’s Book Club & Author Series sponsored by the Daughters of Hawai‘i. Kaua‘i Museum 4428 Rice St., Lihu‘e.

Thursday, July 21 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Kaua‘i Historical Society, Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i. Lihue United Church Parish Hall.

Thursday, July 23 at noon – Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay, St. Regis Hotel, Princeville.