Royal Maui Line Produced a Sacred Queen

Keopuolani, the “sacred wife” of Kamehameha I, was considered sacred because of her high lineage. She was the product of generations of intermarriage between high-ranking ali‘i of the Pi‘ilani line. The marriage of close relatives—full-blood brothers and sisters, half siblings, first cousins—was believed to magnify the mana, or power, of the chiefly class, concentrating it…

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Working for God: Women Missionaries on Maui

Fired by their desire to share their Christian faith, the female missionaries of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions for the Sandwich Islands abandoned all they had known to live in a far-off foreign land. To meet the board’s requirements that missionaries be married, some were newly wed to men they had just…

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