Opukaha‘ia – the Musical Drama

Henry-Opukahaia-Poster3-663x1024Renowned Hawaiian Christian musician, composer and singer Randy Hongo’s“Glory in His Soul: A Musical Drama about the life of Henry Opukaha‘ia” is being performed at Kalihi Union Church in Honolulu. The performances are set for the Sunday worship services on April 17 at 7:15 and 10:45 a.m., and on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, both evenings at 6:00 p.m. I will be in Honolulu to sign copies of my book The Providential Life & Heritage of Henry Obookiah at the April 23-24 performances. Proceeds from 20 books will go to the music foundation started by Randy and his wife Gay. Opukaha‘ia’s ohana from Hilo will be at the performance too. Copies of my book are also available at the Mission House Museum gift shop, at Native Books, and at the Logos Christian bookstore in Honolulu, plus online at amazon.co


Glory in His Soul – Opukaha‘ia


Sunday, April 17 at 7:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services in the Sanctuary

Saturday, April 23 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Sunday, April 24 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Just out! Promo video for “Glory in His Soul: A Musical Drama about the Life of Henry Opukaha‘ia”, written by Randy Hongo. Hear clips of Pastor Jonathan Steeper and Lisa Lee singing, and the lovely Yolanda Asher dancing hula.  Click on image belowto view promo video.

Hana Hou Tour


Deborah Li‘ikapeka Lee of Hilo (right) holds a maile lei sent especially over from Kaua‘i to be placed at the ‘Opukaha‘ia Memorial Chapel at Punalu‘u Beach on Monday, February 15. She is accompanied by her cousin Cynthia Lehua Nani Ho‘omanawanui-Akimseu, also of Hilo. Deborah and Cynthia are both lineal descendants of ‘Opukaha‘ia. They took part in the Hana Hou Christian Heritage Tour. In 1993 Deborah fulfilled her vision of returning the remains of ‘Opukaha‘ia from his grave site in Cornwall, Connecticut back to his home island. Photo by Chris Cook

I served as an interpretive guide on Dave and Cheryl Buehling’s first Hana Hou Christian Heritage Tour held on the Island of Hawai‘i Saturday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 16. The tour focused on the Hawai‘i side of the life of ‘Opukaha‘ia. A group of 24 visitors from the Mainland flew into Kailua-Kona to join the tour. Local participants also joined the tour. Stops spread across four days included the Kahikolu Church overlooking Kealakekua Bay, the Hikiau Heiau and the supposed site of ‘Opukaha‘ia’s altar located alongside the heiau, the ‘Opukaha‘ia chapel overlooking Punalu‘u Beach in Ka‘u (nearby Henry’s home village of Ninole), Volcano National Park where Mary Boyd told the story of Kapiolani defying the volcano goddess Pele, and a final day at the historic Haili Church in Hilo, a church which once counted a congregation of over 12,000 Native Hawaiians during Hawai‘i’s Great Awakening in the late 1830s and early 1840s.


The Hana Hou Christian Heritage Tour led by Dave and Cheryl Buehling gathered at the ‘Opukaha‘ia Memorial Chapel at Punalu‘u Beach on Monday, February 15. Tour member traveled to Hawai‘i Island from across the Mainland and were joined by local residents. (Dave Buehling photo)

For more information go to the Ka‘u Calendar News Briefs.

Vie de Mills – Oboukiah


Vie de Mills Missionnaire Américain is a booklet published in 1834 out of Switzerland. The life of Samuel Mills Jr., the leader of the famed Haystack Meeting that launched American foreign missions, is told in the booklet. A brief life of Opukaha‘ia is appended to Mills’s life. There is an online version of Vie de Mills Missionnaire American. I was able to locate a copy of this rare and obscure publication out of the home of John Calvin in a book store located in Barcelona, Spain. The wonder of the World Wide Web! No new information is included in Vie de Mills Missionnaire American, but discovering the story of Obookiah in French shows additional evidence of how widespread the fame of Obookiah’s story was in the 19th century.