Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
This slab is placed here in grateful remembrance of a pioneer Missionary by descendants of Hawaiians (aided by his Children) among whom he preached Christ for more than twenty years. He preached the first sermon every delivered in this City April 25, 1820 from Fear not for behold I bring you glad tidings of great joy. Here he taught confiding kings, queens and chiefs, faced dangers and bore calumny from abroad, aided in reducing the language to writing, translated much of the Bible, composed books, hymns and tunes; here he baptized a thousand converts, planted a church, planned this edifice, and with his loving people on June 8, 1839, laid this adjoining corner stone, beneath which was placed a Hawaiian Bible, first published May 10, 1839. From here, amid loud wailings of hundreds of his flock, he sailed on Aug. 3, 1840 to revisit his native land, but never returning was not with them when on July 21, 1842, with joyful acclamation they thus dedicated this church To Iehova our God forever
1789 Na Binamu 1889
Location. 21° 18.272′ N, 157° 51.473′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is at the intersection of Punchbowl Street and South King Street, on the left when traveling south on Punchbowl Street. Click for map. It is on the left side of the front façade of the Kawaiaha‘o Church. Marker is in this post office area: Honolulu HI 96813, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kawaiaha'o Church (a few steps from this marker); Kawaiaha'o Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Kawaiaha‘o Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); King William Charles Lunalilo (within shouting distance of this marker); Reverend James Kekela (within shouting distance of this marker); First Hawaiian Printing (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); King Kamehameha I (about 700 feet away); Aliiolani Hale (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Honolulu.
Regarding Hiram Bingham. Bingham’s son, Hiram Bingham II, was also a missionary to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i; his grandson Hiram Bingham III was an explorer who discovered The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru and became a U.S. Senator and Governor of Connecticut, and his great-grandson Hiram Bingham IV was the US Vice Consul in Marseille, France during World War II who rescued Jews from the Holocaust.
Also see . . . Hiram Bingham I. Wikipedia entry. “The [American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions] grew concerned that he was interfering too often in Hawaiian politics. The Binghams returned to New England in the 1840s for what was intended to be a sabbatical due to [his wife] Sybil’s poor health, but the board refused to reappoint him as a missionary even after her death in 1848. He published a memoir, A Residence of Twenty-One Years in the Sandwich Islands in 1847. He remained in New England as the pastor of an African American church. He remarried in 1851, running a seminary.”
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