‘It builds our faith’


Lon Malapit Kauai was represented at the Hawaii Mission Bicentennial in New England by, from left, Chris Cook, Pastor Matt Higa and Alison Higa from New Hope Kapaa, Keikialoha Kaohelauli‘i-Kahokuloa, Lianne Malapit and Pastor Lon Malapit from Calvary Chapel Lihue. Here the group stands alongside the grave site of Opukahaia-Henry Obookiah in the Cornwall, Connecticut graveyard on Oct. 21.

Chris Cook / Special to The Garden Island

Pastor Lon Malapit, center left in sunglasses, shared a prayer during the Hana Hou New England tour on Oct. 24 at Missionary Woods on the campus of Phillips Academy at Andover, Maryland. The commemorative boulder marks the clearing in Missionary Woods where Native Hawaiian man Opukahaia would have joined in prayer with early American foreign mission leaders Samuel Mills and Adoniram Judson, then students at the Andover Theological Seminary.

Kauai is being represented at events marking the bicentennial of the pioneer Protestant mission sent from Boston to Hawaii in October 1819. The Hawaiian Mission Houses in Honolulu organized the service with Park Street Church in Boston.