Grapes of Canaan: Hawaii 1820 Albertine Loomis

ISBN: 9781881987123

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334 pages


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Grapes of Canaan: Hawaii 1820  by  Albertine Loomis

Grapes of Canaan: Hawaii 1820 by Albertine Loomis
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On January 7, 1822, in a grass house on the dry, dusty plain of Kawaiahao, half a mile from the busy seaport village of Honolulu, an event of unparalleled significance took place.While a number of Native Hawaiians looked on, Chief Keeaumoku (theMoreOn January 7, 1822, in a grass house on the dry, dusty plain of Kawaiahao, half a mile from the busy seaport village of Honolulu, an event of unparalleled significance took place.While a number of Native Hawaiians looked on, Chief Keeaumoku (the brother of Queen Kaahumanu), mission leader Hiram Bingham, the trader James Hunnewell, and two ship captains, observed with keen interest as the missions printer, Elisha Loomis, locked the first form of his hand-set type in place on the bed of the missions first printing press.

Almost three years earlier, the second-hand wooden Ramage press began its voyage around Cape Horn on the Brig Thaddeus, along with Loomis and the rest of the first company of American Protestant missionaries to the Sandwich Islands.Once the form was inked and the press readied, Keeaumoku pulled the lever that would press a dampened blank sheet of paper down onto the waiting type, striking the first impression of the initial page of a 16-page Hawaiian-English speller. The advent of printing heralded a new literacy for the Hawaiian people in the form of written language.Today the journals of Elisha and Maria Loomis reside in the Hawaiian Mission Childrens Society Library on the grounds of the Mission Houses Museum, the original one-acre site where printing first began more than 175 years ago.

Their great-granddaughter, Albertine Loomis, in describing her use of the journals while writing Grapes of Canaan, remarked that the book was meant to be an authentic and accurate story, using some of the techniques of fiction to give it pace and vividness for the general reader. Even the conversational passages are based on documentary accounts of what was said, and oftener than not... they are almost word for word as Elisha or one of the others recorded them.The Hawaiian Mission Childrens Society is pleased to support the reprinting of this important chronicle of the early years of the first Protestant mission in the islands, particularly the re-creation of the story of the life and times of Elisha and Maria Loomis in their seven arduous but triumphant years as missionaries to the Sandwich Isles.



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