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Seedtime and Harvest: The Establishment of the Hawaiian Reformed Catholic Church, 1855-1870.

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Title:Seedtime and Harvest: The Establishment of the Hawaiian Reformed Catholic Church, 1855-1870.
Authors:Tamashiro, Sarah M.
Contributors:History (department)
Date Issued:May 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:This thesis investigates the collaboration between Anglican missionaries and Hawaiians
in establishing the Anglican Church in Hawaiʻi from 1855 and 1870. In 1862, Anglican
missionaries arrived in Hawaiʻi by invitation from Kamehameha IV who wanted the missionaries
to assist with supporting his public policy and educational initiatives. Kamehameha IV
envisioned that Anglicanism would reinvigorate the religious morals of his people and assist in
educating Hawaiians to take on roles in government that were increasingly being taken by white
foreigners. The Anglican missionaries in turn saw the Hawaiian Mission as a laboratory for its
Anglo-Catholic theology. However, early on in the Mission’s history, the missionaries lost the
support of Kamehameha IV due to his unexpected death in 1863. The passing of their royal
sponsor made the missionaries even more dependent on others to remain viable. The Mission
downsized their operations and as a result were able to complete some of its intended goals on a
small scale in Honolulu, Oʻahu and Lahaina, Maui. Focusing resources in smaller areas allowed
the Mission to build a Hawaiian congregation a few hundred strong, many of whom had ties to
the royal family or were loyalists of their King and Queen. Hawaiians from across the country
sent their children to single-sex schools established and operated by Anglican missionaries in
Honolulu and Lahaina. The Anglican schools built a reputation among Hawaiians as being
reliable institutions that prepared young children for adulthood. To continue the work that she
and her husband had started, Queen Emma Kaleleonālani, continued to support the Mission after
the death of her husband. Emma traveled to England and completed a year and half long
fundraising mission for funds to build the Anglican Mission’s cathedral in Honolulu, a church
that is still used by the Church’s congregation over 150 years later.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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