MISSIONARY IN PARADISE: EXCERPTS FROM HIRAM BINGHAM’S PUBLISHED WORKS

The first group of Hawaii-bound missionaries, led by Hiram Bingham, sailed from Boston Harbor in the Fall of 1819 and arrived at Kawaihae, Hawaii, a little over five months later. Below, in an excerpt from A Residence of Twenty-One Years in the Sandwich Islands, Bingham, describes the missionaries’ first encounter with native Hawaiians.  MARCH 31,…