Friday, July 17, 2015

Edwin Welles Dwight

Edwin Welles Dwight Edwin Welles Dwight met ʻŌpūkahaʻia, a Hawaiian who was orphaned by war on Hawaiʻi. ʻŌpūkahaʻia “was sitting on the steps of a Yale building, weeping. A solicitous student (Dwight) stopped to inquire what was wrong, and Obookiah (the spelling of his name, based on its sound) said, ‘No one will give me learning.’” Dwight helped him. Dwight later became the first principal of the Foreign Mission School and is remembered for putting together a book, ‘Memoirs of Henry Obookiah’ (the spelling of the name based on its pronunciation - it was an edited collection of ʻŌpūkahaʻia’s letters and journals/diaries.) It inspired the New England missionaries to volunteer to carry his message to the Sandwich Islands (Hawaiʻi.)

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