The Advantages of Honaunau for a Missionary Station…

We were uncomfortable during our short stay at Honaunau, and the people less kind than we usually found them, it appeared to us a most eligible place for a missionary station, where one or two devoted men might labour with a prospect of extensive usefulness. The inhabitants, objects of the first attention with a missionary, are numerous, both in the town and neighbourhood. The coast, for twenty miles to the northward, includes not less perhaps than forty villages, either on the shore or a short distance inland, and contains probably a population of 20,000 souls, among whom a missionary might labour with facility. Though there is at present no chief of distinction residing here, as at Kairua, or Kearake’kua, yet the very circumstance of establishing a station here might lead one to remove hither; and the conduct of the people, we have no doubt, would alter materially as they became better acquainted with the missionaries, and their object in settling permanently among them. It is near Kearake’kua bay, the frequent resort of shipping, where supplies might be left; and the natives also told us, that fresh water in considerable quantities might be procured at a short distance. We had not an opportunity to examine the place where they said it was found; but should this prove a fact, Honaunau would possess an accommodation seldom met with on this side of the island. (Ellis)

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 (These are excerpts from a book by William Ellis that has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. A public domain book is one that was never subject to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired.)

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