Monday, November 23, 2015

‘Maitai - maitai no!’

‘Maitai - maitai no!’ US President John Quincy Adams and King Kamehameha III (Kauikeaouli) exchanged messages in 1829. The president “has heard, with interest and admiration, of the rapid progress which has been made by your people, in acquiring a knowledge of letters and of the True Religion-the Religion of the Christian’s Bible.” Kauikeaouli (King Kamehameha III) noted, “Best affection to you, the chief magistrate of America. … I now believe that your thoughts and ours are alike … Look ye on us with charity; we have formerly been extremely dark-minded, and ignorant of the usages of enlightened countries. You are the source of intelligence and light. This is the origin of our minds being a little enlightened - the arrival here of the word of God.”

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